Libra law - the Swiss Sports Law Firm
Founded in 2007, Libra Law is a Swiss law firm specialising in Sports and Business law.
It is now composed of three partners, Jorge Ibarrola, Claude Ramoni and Yvan Henzer, in addition to associate lawyers. Registered with the Swiss Bar and with Swiss and International academic and professional backgrounds, Libra Law's counsels all have a vast experience in the field of sports and business law, gained particularly at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and at large international institutions.
Libra Law advises its clients for all issues or disputes relating to contractual, disciplinary, statutory rights or in relation with the organisation of sports events. International and national sports Federations, clubs (football, basketball, etc.), athletes, players, coaches, agents and events’ organisers benefit from our experience and from our global network.
In terms of litigation expertise, we proceed regularly before the CAS and other sporting bodies (e.g. IOC, FIFA, UEFA, FIBA, IAAF, etc.), on behalf sports persons or institutions, that we also represent before the ordinary courts in Switzerland, including the Swiss Federal Tribunal.
In the business area, we advise individuals as well as small, medium and large companies within the framework of their commercial activities (e.g. merger and acquisition operations, contract law, insurance and liability laws, creation of consortiums for the research and transfer of technology, etc.). We also set up and manage in Switzerland International companies or branches, subsidiaries or holdings.
In all areas of our activities, we ensure that client's care is at the forefront by meeting their expectations in an efficient and prompt manner.
Libra Law is located at the Maison du Sport International, in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, heart of and home of the IOC, of the CAS and of many international Sports Federations.
Jorge Ibarrola, Claude Ramoni and Yvan Henzer are delighted to announce that Ms Monia Karmass has been promoted as Libra Law partner as of 1 January 2021.
Ms Monia Karmass is a Swiss qualified lawyer, specialising in sports and commercial law, as well as in litigation before sports legal bodies (FIFA, UEFA, WADA, IOC, etc.), the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Swiss ordinary courts, including the Swiss Federal Tribunal. She provides sophisticated advice to Swiss and international clients in a wide range of legal matters related to sport, including disciplinary, contractual and governance matters, as well as to commercial litigation, employment law and economic criminal matters.
Libra Law now consists of four partners, namely Ms Monia Karmass, Mr Jorge Ibarrola, Mr Claude Ramoni and Mr Yvan Henzer, plus associates and trainee lawyers.
Jorge, Claude and Yvan say: “Monia has proven to be an outstanding legal counsel since she joined Libra Law. Becoming our partner is not only a pride for us, but also significantly strengthens our firm and will allow us to improve and increase the scope of our services to our clients in Switzerland and worldwide.”
SEPTEMBER 2020: The Court of Arbitration for Sport cancels lifetime bans imposed by the IOC on three Russian biathlete represented by Yvan Henzer.
By decisions issued in November and December 2017, the IOC imposed lifetime bans on three Russian biathletes, medallists at the Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014. Libra Law successfully represented the three biathletes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The arbitration panel ruled that two athletes did not commit any anti-doping rule violations. Accordingly, they can keep their individual results, notably a silver medal. With respect to the third athlete, the arbitration panel confirmed that she was guilty, but reduced the sanction imposed on her. The athlete contemplate submitting an appeal before the Swiss Federal Tribunal. For more information:
Congratulations to the Turkish Football Federation for this success before the Swiss Federal Tribunal. This is our 3rd win in a row, after FIFA, the CAS and now STF. Next stage: ECHR? Interesting reasoning of the STF regarding public hearings at CAS and excellent synthesis of the standing to appeal pursuant to the CAS Jurisprudence. A free translation in English is available here.