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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Michele Bernasconi

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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Media, Entertainment & Sports | Arbitration | Corporate & Commercial | IP & Technology | Energy | Employment | Data Protection | Litigation


Michele Bernasconi advises on a broad range of sports, media, energy, telecom and IT matters, acting for both domestic and international clients. He has particular expertise in international litigation and arbitration as well as in commercial and transactional work relating to such industries.

His recent experience includes advice on outsourcing and joint venture projects, broadcasting and sponsorship agreements, ambush marketing, regulatory and antitrust work in both the telecom and sport sector, software licensing, electricity transmission and distribution, doping matters as well as international transfers of football players.

Michele Bernasconi lectures on international sports law at the University of Zurich. He regularly speaks and publishes articles on topics within his practice areas. He is Co-director of the UEFA Football Law Programme.

Michele Bernasconi is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers and Legal 500 further lists him in the Hall of Fame for his excellent work. Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal have listed him among the leading lawyers in Switzerland in the sports as well as in the technology, media and telecommunications sector for years. In 2018 Who's Who Legal recognized Michele Bernasconi with the global award "Sports Lawyer of the Year" as well as "Thought Leader" for the sports and data protection sector. In 2016 Who's Who Legal ranks him among the nine "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" for Sports & Entertainment worldwide. In its 2013 edition, the International Who's Who of regulatory communication lawyers described Michele Bernasconi as one of the "10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals Worldwide".


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2001)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (1995)
  • Teaching Assistant at the University of Zurich (1991-1994)
  • Trainee in a Swiss law firm (1990-1991)
  • Clerk and Secretary to the Zurich District Court (1989-1990)


English, French, German, Italian.


  • Arbitrator at the CAS - Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Chair of the Sports Law Committee of the Business Law Section
  • International Bar Association (IBA), Former Chair of the Committee Cm Telecommunications
  • Chairman of the Sports Law Committee of the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • President of the Association Suisse de Droit du Sport (ASDS)
  • Panelist at the WIPO for Domain Name disputes
  • Member of the ASA, Swiss Arbitration Association
  • Member of the Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Co-delegate for the Organisation of and Lecturer at the Master in International Sports Law, Zurich University
  • Member of the Executive Board of Swiss Tennis
  • Member of the Disciplinary Chamber of Swiss Basketball
  • Vice President of the Council of "Fondazione Patrimonio Culturale" (the foundation of the Swiss Italian Radio and TV for the protection and the valorization of the cultural treasures)
  • Member of the Board of SV Group
  • Co-Director of the UEFA Football Law Programme
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Executive Master in Sports Law of the University of Neuchâtel
  • Member of the Saudi Arabian Sport Arbitration Center
  • Member of SGOA, the Association for the Settlement of Automation Disputes / SGOA - Verein für ICT Konflikt Management
  • Member of the SCIA, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, as well as of the SCIA High Technology and Intellectual Property Arbitration Centre
  • Lecturer and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Executive Master in Sports Law Program of Qatar Olympic Academy


  • Harvard Law School: LL.M. (1996)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1992)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1989)


Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd. in Zurich and Zug impresses with 'partner commitment, responsiveness, legal expertise in various areas and good communication'. The full-service firm is especially renowned in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, as well as competition, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal law, insurance, private client and sports law. Key lawyers include Eric StuppRalph Malacrida and Thomas ReutterChristoph NeeracherPeter HsuTina WüstemannSusanne Schreiber and Michele Bernasconi.

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Michele Bernasconi - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Within: Sports law

As 'one of the best firms in the sector', the 'highly specialised and effective sports law team' at Bär & Karrer Ltd. 'is very skilled in applying Swiss-law matters to international jurisdictions'. With a major focus on diverse sports arbitration, as well as sector-related commercial, TMT and intellectual property disputes, Michele Bernasconi is considered to be 'among the best CAS arbitrators', with 'almost incomparable knowledge and experience'. He represents Uefa in several disciplinary and media-related arbitration matters.

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Michele Bernasconi - Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Within: TMT

'Highly professional and responsive firmBär & Karrer Ltd. 'is the go-to firm for international companies', 'providing the perfect mix of extraordinary legal skills, deep industry knowledge, proactivity and kind personal treatment'. Its range of TMT services includes M&A transactions and joint ventures, software contracts and IT outsourcing projects, regulatory telecoms law, as well as intellectual property, commercial, tax and estate planning assistance for artists in the media and entertainment sector. 'Readily available, business-minded and technically excellentMarkus Wang handled the software and intellectual property aspects of the client's (an affiliate of Warburg Pincus) acquisition of a stake in Avaloq. 'Leading lawyerMichele Bernasconi, who is 'a smart strategist' and 'makes a practical and straightforward approach to legal problems', serves as a regular adviser to, and Facebook on regulatory and compliance issues.

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