Swiss-born Gianpaolo Monteneri (1970) is a highly regarded expert in the field of international sports and football law. Gianpaolo specialises in sport-related litigation, with a particular emphasis on the resolution of disputes relating to football. He also advises extensively in relation to contractual matters in transfers, employment, agency and sponsorship matters.
Gianpaolo has a long and successful track record of working with clients from a diverse range of sports sectors, including federations, clubs, athletes, footballers, coaches, agents and sponsors.
After graduating as a Swiss lawyer, Gianpaolo joined the world governing body of football FIFA in 1997 as Head of the Players' Status Department.
For more than 8 years, Gianpaolo headed a team of international lawyers at FIFA in charge of investigating commercial and labour disputes.
He left FIFA in 2005 to establish monteneri sports law, which under his leadership has developed into a renowned international firm widely recognized for the industry focus.
Gianpaolo lectures at the University of Zurich's Masters of International Sports Law as well as at the UEFA Football Law Programme and other masters programs around the world.
From 2007 until 2014 Gianpaolo was the Academic Director of the Rex Sport-ISDE Masters in International Sports Law in Madrid.
Gianpaolo has represented clients in more than 100 procedures before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS/CAS), a large number of procedures before the FIFA and UEFA deciding bodies and ad hoc arbitration procedures.
Gianpaolo speaks German, Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Gianpaolo is member of: Zurich Bar Association (ZAV), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), Madrid Bar Association (ICAM), Swiss Association of Sports Law (ASDS), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and Rex Sport, Asociación de Asesores del Deporte.
T: +41 44 491 55 33
M: +41 79 6767 009
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