Established in 2007, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler is headed by Laurent Lévy, Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Antonio Rigozzi, Sébastien Besson and Sabina Sacco. The Geneva-based firm specialises and is widely recognised as a leading practice in international commercial, investment and sports arbitration. In addition to acting as arbitrators, the firm’s members also give advice with regard to all aspects of arbitration and international law and regularly act as counsel in arbitration and arbitration-related proceedings both in Switzerland and abroad.
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler’s sports team has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal, with Antonio Rigozzi being described as ‘truly excellent’ (Who’s Who Legal 2015) while Sébastien Besson ‘is to be recommended without hesitation’ (Who’s Who Legal 2015). Over the past years the team has acted on the most high profile and complex arbitrations in sports law, including Juventus v Chelsea, US Olympic Committee v IOC, WADA & UCI v Contador, Karpov Inc v FIDE, Platini v FIFA and Blatter v FIFA. With multilingual lawyers and a global network of contacts in the sports law industry, LKK’s sports specialists are well placed to assist any client in the field of sport.
The firm also benefits from the vast experience and expertise of Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, who was closely involved in the setting up of the CAS, in particular the CAS ad hoc division for the Olympic Games, over which she presided until the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Professor Kaufmann-Kohler has also chaired the BAT from its inception in 2006 until 2011 and was a member of the International Jury of the 32nd Edition of the America’s Cup.