Sports law

Sport is an increasingly important societal and economic issue. Practices are changing and diversifying, actors are being structured and the professional sector is evolving.

Our specialist lawyers assist a range of sector stakeholders, including sports associations, professional clubs, professional sportsmen and women, or simply those who like to practice sport.

Drawing on our multidisciplinary approach, we assist clubs looking to become professional. We do this by helping them choose the right structure for their needs by creating regulated companies (whether SAOS, SASP or other, now more suitable, types of company) through the merging of sports structures and the (mandatory) drafting of agreements between a support sports association and the resulting sports company.

Our firm drafts contracts with institutional partners (sponsorship agreements, transfer of rights to hold events, etc.) and salaried or self-employed employees, in compliance with collective bargaining agreements specific to the sports industry.

We provide advice and assistance on relations between clubs and associations, on the one hand, and clubs and local authorities, on the other, with regard to the granting of subsidies and other types of financial backing, the provision of public facilities, the occupation of public property, and so on.

Our lawyers also act on behalf of clients in the event of a dispute with the tax authorities or the social security contributions collection agency (URSSAF), or in the event of civil or criminal proceedings resulting from an accident occurring during a sporting event.

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