10-11 May 2019,

Madrid Bar Association, Madrid


Confirmed Speakers List announced

More than 25 speakers from across the sports law spectrum have been announced for the Sports Law at the Crossroads conference in Madrid, May 10-11. Speakers will give viewpoint from FIFA, national federations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the European Club Association, FIFPro as well as from leading law practitioners.

The conference will focus on the first day on the recent amendments to FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and will include a presentation on Just Cause, termination due to outstanding salaries and consequences of termination without just cause. Session topics will also look at the restrictions on contractual freedom, execution of monetary decisions, and the new powers that FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber.

The second day is dedicated to esports and the challenges they present to regulators and sports lawyers. Sessions will examine e-sport and its incorporation in the International existing structure of sport governance and sport tribunals, doping and match-fixing issues, a strategic overview of the esports landscape and a look towards the future and the challenges esports present to traditional sports.

As well as the opportunity to hear leading opinion on the new transfer system reform package, as well as debate the new legal challenges of esports, participants will have the opportunity to meet speakers at the networking breaks and at the Gala Dinner to be held at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on May 10.


José María Alonso, Dean of the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (Madrid Bar Association); José Juan Pintó Sala, Honorary President of RexSport; Ettore Mazzilli, Rex Sport president and Founder and Managing Partner of MCA Sports Law LLP; Luis Rubiales, President of RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation; Efraim Barak, The Academic Director of the Conference, Founder & Managing Partner of EB SportLaw and Consultancy; Erika Montemor Ferreira, Head of Players Status at FIFA, Brazil & Switzerland; Dr. Miguel García Caba, Head of Legal at RFEF, Spain); Daan De Yong, legal counsel at ECA, Switzerland & Mr. Roy Vermeer, legal counsel at FIFPRO, Holland); Gianpaolo Monteneri, Managing Director at Monteneri sports law & Vice President of RexSport; Íñigo de Lacalle, Partner at Senn Ferrero Sports & Entertainment, Spain; Omar Ongaro, Football Regulatory Director at FIFA; Roy Vermeer, Legal Counsel at FIFPRO; Jose Luiz Andrade, ECA General Counsel);Michele Bernasconi, Partner at Baer & Karrer & CAS Arbitrator; Emilio Garcia Silvero, Chief Legal Officer of FIFA; Theo Van Seggelen, FIFPRO Secretary General; Jose Luiz Andrade, ECA General Counsel; William Sternheimer, Partner at Morgan Sports Law and former CAS Deputy Secretary General, Switzerland; Bichara Abidao Neto, Founding Partner at Bichara & Motta, Advogados, Brazil; Dr. Despina Mavromati, Attorney at Law, International Sports Law & Arbitration, Switzerland; Kepa Larumbe, Head of Legal for Sport & E-Sport, BDO Spain; Victor Casanovas, Digital strategist at Seven Mila, Spain; Lucas Ferrer de Robles, Partner at Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle; 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.


The venue will be at the prestigious Madrid Bar Association headquarters. in Madrid, Spain with a Gala Dinner to be held at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.


This is a unique opportunity to participate in a seminar composed of presentations and round tables with leading stakeholders and practitioners from the governing bodies and stakeholders. There will also be the  networking opportunity to meet colleagues from all around the world in one of the centres of world sport, Madrid.

Please note, delegate places at the Madrid Bar Association are limited by the size of the conference room so early registration is advised.

EARLY BIRD PRICE €295 +IVA (€356.95)

Confirmed Speakers:

More names to be released March 25. See Schedule for current released list.

Programme topics:

Day 1:

Recent Amendments to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP)

Just Cause, Termination due to outstanding salaries and consequences of termination without just cause.

The  restrictions on the contractual freedom of the parties, Execution of monetary decisions – new powers to the Dispute Committee

The Social Dialogue and the Introduction of Collective Bargaining Powers into the RSTP

Panel: The challenges faced by all the stakeholders (clubs & players) following the reforms based on the social dialogue & the amendments to the RSTP

The Football Stakeholders Committee – The reform package of the transfer system

Three stakeholders, three perspectives: FIFA – FIFPRO – ECA

Day 2 

The Future of Sport – The evolution of e-Sport and the momentous challenges for Sport  Law

E-Sport; a presentation of the evolution and development up to date

E-sport and its incorporation in the International existing structure of Sport governance.

E-sport & Doping, – E-sport & Match Fixing: does the legal framework need to be amended?

The real life of an E-gamer

Click on Schedule to view full programme


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