Sport Law at the Crossroads:
Amendments & Reforms to Football Regulations & Legal Challenges in the Framework of e-sports
10 & 11 May 2019, Madrid, Spain
Day 1 (Friday, 10 May)
Welcome & Opening addresses
8.30- 9.20– Registration and coffee
9.20 – 9.25 – Welcome address by Jose Maria Alonso, Decano del Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid.
9.25 – 9.30 – Welcome by Jose Juan Pinto, Honorary President of RexSport & Welcome + Presentation of RexSport by its President, Ettore Mazzilli, Founder and Managing Partner of MCA Sports Law LLP
9.30 – 9.35 – Welcome on behalf of IWF by Paul Nicholson, Editor-in-Chief and CEO at Inside World Football
09.35 – 10.05 – Guest of Honour – Opening address – Mr. Luis Rubiales, President of RFEF
10.05 – 10.15- Presentation of the Outline of the Conference by Mr. Efraim Barak, The Academic Director of the Conference, Founder & Managing Partner of EB SportLaw and Consultancy
Session 1.1 – Recent Amendments to the FIFA RSTP
Chair: Efraim Barak
10.15 – 10.50 – The Amendments to Art. 14, 14 bis. & 17 RSTP
Just Cause, Termination due to outstanding salaries & consequences of termination without just cause
Speaker: Erika Montemor Ferreira, Head of Players Status at FIFA, Brazil & Switzerland
10.50– 11.20 – The Amendments to Art. 18 & 24 bis RSTP
The restrictions on the contractual freedom of the parties, Execution of monetary decisions – new powers to the DRC
Speakers: Miguel García Caba, Head of Legal at RFEF, Spain
11.20 – 12.00 – Coffee Break
Chair: Efraim Barak
Session 1.2 – The Social Dialogue and the Introduction of Collective Bargaining Powers into the RSTP
12.00 – 12.40 – The Social Dialogue in European Football and the European Professional Football
Player Contract Minimum Requirements
Speakers: Daan De Yong, legal counsel at ECA, Switzerland & Roy Vermeer, legal counsel at FIFPRO, Holland
12.40 – 13.20 – Round Table
The challenges faced by all the stakeholders (clubs & players) following the reforms based on the social dialogue & the amendments to the RSTP
Moderator: Gianpaolo Monteneri, Managing Director at Monteneri sports law & Vice President of RexSport
Participants: The speakers from the morning sessions Íñigo de Lacalle, Partner at Senn Ferrero Sports & Entertainment, Spain.
Lunch 13:20 – 15.00
Chair: Konstantinos Zemberis
Session 1.3 – The Football Stakeholders Committee – The reform package of the transfer system
15.00 – 15.30 – FIFA’s perspective & Challenges
Speaker: Omar Ongaro, Football Regulatory Director at FIFA
15.30 – 16.00 – FIFPRO’s Perspective & Challenges
Speaker: Roy Vermeer, Legal Counsel at FIFPRO
16.00– 16.30 – ECA’s Perspective & Challenges
Speaker: Jose Luiz Andrade, ECA General Counsel
16.30 – 16.50 – Coffee Break
Chaiir: Lucas Ferrer de Robles, Partner at Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle
16.50 – 18.00 – Closing Session of Day 1
The Transfer system – Further thoughts on possible future developments
Moderator: Michele Bernasconi, Partner at Baer & Karrer & CAS Arbitrator
Participants: Emilio Garcia Silvero, Chief Legal Officer of FIFA, Jose Luiz Andrade, ECA General Counsel, William Sternheimer, Partner at Morgan Sports Law and former CAS Deputy Secretary General, Switzerland (30 minutes of comments the participants followed by 30 minutes session of Q&A).
19.30 – Dinner Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Day 2 (Saturday, May 11)
8.30 – 9.00 – Light Breakfast (Coffee/tea/pastries)
Chair: Rui Botica Santos
Session 2 – The Future of Sport – The evolution of e-Sport and the expected challenges for Sport Law
09.00 – 09.40 – E-Sport; a presentation of the evolution and development up to date
Speaker – Bichara Abidao Neto, Founding Partner at Bichara & Motta, Advogados, Brazil
09.40 – 10.20 – E-sport and its incorporation in the International existing structure of Sport governance.
Speaker: William Sternheimer, Partner at Morgan Sports Law and former CAS Deputy Secretary General, Switzerland
10.20 – 10.40 – Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:10 – E-sport & Doping, does the legal framework need to be amended?
Speaker: Despina Mavromati, Attorney at Law, International Sports Law & Arbitration, Switzerland
11.10 – 11.30 – E-sport & Match Fixing, does the legal framework need to be amended?
Speaker: Mr. Kepa Larumbe, Head of Legal for Sport & E-Sport, BDO Spain
11.30 – 11.50 – The Reality of E-games
Speaker: Victor Casanovas, Digital strategist at Seven Mila, Spain
11.50 – 12.45 – E-Sport: A look at the future, will it replace the traditional Sport?
Moderator: Konstantinos Zemberis
Participants: Laura Anguera, Advocate – MEDIAPRO, Spain, Bichara Abidao Neto, Founding Partner at Bichara & Motta Advogados, Brazil Jeff Benz, attorney barrister arbitrator mediator with JAMS and 4 New Square, Los Angeles and London, Edoardo Revello, CEO and Co-Founder at Sportsgeneration, Italy.
12:45 – 13:00 Closing Address – Ettore Mazzilli, President of RexSport
End of Conference