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Sports Law

CMS is one of the few international law firms having unique expertise in the sport sector combined with a deep insight into the Russian market. Our multijurisdictional team offers a complete service to clients enabling them to be a competent partner regarding investments in Russia.

With upcoming major events such as the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, having competent and experienced legal advice is one of the key elements for gaining access to the emerging Russian market. Our team is familiar with the conditions and requirements of the local legal and commercial system and has longstanding experience in advising clients in this field.

We advise football clubs, industrial companies, operators of sports venues, sports consulting agencies and sports managers as well as federations and high profile athletes internationally and locally. Among our clients are United Football League Organisational Committee, Russian Association for Sport and Leisure Facilities, Sport Business Consulting magazine, Riedel Communications, Sportfive sports agency and others.

In the next years, Russia will be venue of several major sporting events: in 2014 the Olympic Games will be hosted in Sochi, in 2017 the FIFA Confederations Cup and in 2018 the FIFA World Cup will take place, creating the need for massive investments on the territory. The know-how of foreign companies related to the building of hotels, stadiums, airports and other infrastructure projects will certainly be resorted to by the Russian economy. Our team is familiar with the processes of tendering and is well experienced regarding multinational business relationships with Russia and will therefore be of valuable assistance to foreign corporations.

We also offer more classical services in the sports sector such as advising sportsmen, agents and managers, including:

  • concerning contract terms, exclusiveness agreements, reimbursement regulations, exploitation of commercial rights, termination of agreements, financing;
  • marketing of sports events, media agreements, advertisements and sponsoring, ticketing and merchandising, websites, introduction of new media formats related to sports or mass sports events.

We also offer legal advice in related subject areas like tax or employment law as well as in the context of franchising and trademark law. Furthermore, we are experienced in international arbitration and other forms of out of court settlements.


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10/06/2021
CMS Rus­sia earns a re­cord num­ber of re­cog­ni­tions by Best Law­yers 2022
Strong re­cog­ni­tion by the rank­ing 32 CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have been se­lec­ted for in­clu­sion in­to the 2022 edi­tion of the Best Law­yers rank­ing. In total, we have earned 74 re­cog­ni­tions by the rank­ing :Ant­on...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
26/01/2021
Most awaited leg­al de­vel­op­ments of 2021
CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have pre­pared their an­nu­al se­lec­tion of the most awaited leg­al de­vel­op­ments in Rus­sia in 2021.You can read de­tailed art­icles and re­com­mend­a­tions by our ex­perts on the forth­com­ing changes...
13/01/2021
European Gen­er­al Court con­firms that re­course to CAS ar­bit­ra­tion un­der...
In its judg­ment of 16 Decem­ber 2020, the European Gen­er­al Court de­cides that the European Com­mis­sion was not en­titled to con­sider that the ar­bit­ra­tion rules of the In­ter­na­tion­al Skat­ing Uni­on (ISU), which...
22/12/2020
The Gen­er­al Court of The European Uni­on is­sues its judg­ment in the In­ter­na­tion­al...
In­tro­duc­tion On 16 Decem­ber 2020, the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on (the “Gen­er­al Court”) is­sued its judg­ment in the In­ter­na­tion­al Skat­ing Uni­on case. The Gen­er­al Court con­firmed that the ISU’s...
20/11/2020
United States Sen­ate passes Anti-Dop­ing Le­gis­la­tion
On 16 Novem­ber 2020, the United States Sen­ate passed le­gis­la­tion that would al­low the pro­sec­u­tion in the US of dop­ing of­fences at in­ter­na­tion­al sport­ing events in which Amer­ic­an ath­letes, spon­sors, or...
15/09/2020
Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia 2020
As part of our un­der­tak­ing to cre­ate ad­ded value for cli­ents, our pro­fes­sion­als have put to­geth­er this in­tro­duct­ory guide to the Rus­si­an leg­al sys­tem and the prin­cip­al laws and reg­u­la­tions that are of in­terest to in­vestors in this chal­len­ging but op­por­tun­ity-full mar­ket. It is of course no sub­sti­tute for the ex­pert ad­vice tailored to your pro­ject that we will be pleased to provide to you on re­quest.Rus­si­an le­gis­la­tion is chan­ging rap­idly. Al­though this guide de­scribes the laws as of 1 Janu­ary 2020, please con­tact us to check that it re­mains up-to-date. We would also re­com­mend that you sub­scribe to our free on­line ser­vice CMS Law-Now through which you will re­ceive our leg­al and tax eAl­erts. Jean-François Mar­quaire (Man­aging Part­ner)Le­onid Zubar­ev (Seni­or Part­ner)
04/06/2020
CMS Rus­sia earns 58 re­cog­ni­tions by Best Law­yers 2021
Strong re­cog­ni­tion by the rank­ing 26 CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have been se­lec­ted for in­clu­sion in­to the 2021 edi­tion of the Best Law­yers. In total, we have earned 58 re­cog­ni­tions by the rank­ing:Ant­on Bankovskiy...
13/03/2020
CMS Rus­sia keeps its strong po­s­i­tions in Cham­bers Europe 2020
Awar­ded leg­al ad­vice CMS Rus­sia has been ranked by Cham­bers Europe 2020 in the fol­low­ing cat­egor­ies:Bank­ing & Fin­ance | Band 3Com­pet­i­tion/An­ti­trust | Band 3Cor­por­ate/M&A: High-End Cap­ab­il­it­ies | Band...
26/02/2020
CMS Rus­sia ranked among top law firms in Rus­sia by Kom­mersant
Awar­ded leg­al ad­vice The na­tion­al rank­ing Kom­mersant in­cluded CMS Rus­sia in­to its rank­ing of the top law firms in Rus­sia for the first time.CMS Rus­sia was ranked across 19 cat­egor­ies: Bank­ing & Fin­ance­Com­pet­i­tion Cor­por­ate/...
14/02/2020
CMS Rus­sia ac­com­plishes strong show­ing in Cham­bers Glob­al 2020
Awar­ded leg­al ad­vice One of the lead­ing leg­al dir­ect­or­ies Cham­bers & Part­ners has pub­lished its rank­ing Cham­bers Glob­al 2020. CMS Rus­sia has been ranked in the fol­low­ing cat­egor­ies:Bank­ing & Fin­ance...
24/08/2018
Visa-free entry to Rus­sia for Fan ID hold­ers for 2018
Re­turn­ing foot­ball fans can en­joy visa-free vis­its to Rus­sia for the rest of the year. For­eign cit­izens who vis­ited games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Rus­sia and re­ceived of­fi­cial Fan IDs can enter and...