Sports

Our broad expertise in all areas of sports law allows us to provide our clients with the highest quality service in legal advice and representation.

Seamlessly integrated with our other practices and working in close cooperation with top-tier firms in other jurisdictions around the world, we have a strong track record in helping our clients achieve their objectives. Our sports law team is a trusted advisor to various sports federations, individual athletes, professional sports leagues, sports authorities, and sports clubs.

Matter
NL Law

Stibbe advises Basic-Fit

Stibbe advised Basic-Fit on the amendment of its finance agreements with its banks.

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Matter
NL Law

Stibbe advises Basic-Fit

Stibbe assisted Basic-Fit, Europe’s largest and fastest growing fitness chain, in its placement of 5,333,333 new ordinary shares through an accelerated bookbuild offering.

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Amsterdam
Matter
EU Law

Stibbe advises KPS Capital Partners on the acquisition of Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.

Stibbe advised KPS Capital Partners, LP on the USD 425 million acquisition of Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. from adidas AG.

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Matter
NL Law

Stibbe represents VodafoneZiggo

Stibbe represented VodafoneZiggo in a dispute with Fox Sports concerning the length of the contracts and the level of fees Ziggo has to pay Fox for broadcasting the football channels in the Netherlands.

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Services

The broad scope of our activities ranges from general advisory work to handling disputes between federations, athletes, and clubs. We have proven expertise with sports arbitration and litigation before the courts and courts of arbitration (BAS, TAS), where we regularly deal with matters relating to the transfer of players, their eligibility to play official matches, licence procedures of sports clubs, the implementation of anti-discriminatory rules, and unacceptable behaviour.

We have also been involved in drafting and setting up contracts for professional athletes and articles of association for clubs. Our sports law team has in-depth knowledge of the Belgian, European and international (FIFA and UEFA) football regulations.

In addition to this expertise, we also advise on issues regarding all legal aspects of sports events, image and broadcasting rights, and the project development of stadiums.

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Recognition & Awards

"Highly knowledgeable mix of partners, senior and junior associates, all of whom have a deep understanding and expertise in employment disputes and advice."

The Legal 500
2022
Employment

"Strong analyses, clear actions and a practical approach. The team provides pragmatic, understandable and consistent high-quality advice."

The Legal 500
2022
Employment

"The team is crucial in meetings and negotiations and the lawyers give very practical and good advice. They have a high-quality service and pragmatic approach."

Chambers Europe
2021
Employment

"The team is there day and night, advising in the most complete and well-founded way."

Chambers Europe
2020
Employment