International Forum on

Sports Law

January 14 - 16, 2024 Königstein, Germany
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The Steering Committee welcomes up to 46 preeminent private practice sports lawyers who represent the interests of athletes, teams, leagues, associations, governing bodies, sponsors and broadcasters to explore common concerns, exchange ideas and resolve challenges faced on behalf of these clients.

Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group identifies trends and developments in their varied jurisdictions for meaningful dialogue on the most interesting and provocative issues of the day.

2024 Steering Committee

This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Michele Bernasconi Partner Baer & Karrer AG Zurich, Switzerland
  • Janie Soublière Lawyer & Arbitrator Soublière Sports Law Montréal, Canada

    As the Principal of Soubliere Sports Law, Janie has been working in sports law for over 20 years and acts as Legal Consultant to various international clients in matters concerning anti-doping, safeguarding, governance, eligibility, anti-corruption, policy review, etc., practices arbitration and is regularly sought out to conduct investigations. A Chartered Arbitrator, she sits on sport dispute resolution panels including the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Ordinary and Appeals), Ultimate Fighting Championships,  Zwift ESports and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.  Janie is also an Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer for the International Tennis Integrity Agency and is a trained investigator actively involved in various sport-related misconduct allegations.


    Janie has taught Sport Law at Carleton University and regularly guest lectures internationally in University Sport Law courses, has acted as athlete-agent to Canadian athletes, is an Executive Board member of the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame (Legal and Governance) and is a North American representative of Women in Sport Law (WISLaw). WISLaw peers voted Janie  Best Arbitrator of the Year 2021 and Best Lawyer of the Year in 2022. She also competed in NCAA Division 1 Tennis in College.

Committee Members

  • Steven Bainbridge Shareholder, Sports & Entertainment Lawyer Greenberg Traurig LLP Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Anthony J. Dreyer Partner, Intellectual Property & Sports Litigation Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP New York, United States

    Anthony Dreyer is a commercial litigator concentrating on intellectual property, sports, entertainment and related licensing disputes. His areas of expertise include Lanham Act claims, copyright, rights of publicity, and licensing disputes.


    Mr. Dreyer has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a top practitioner in both intellectual property and sports. He recently was named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property and a Sports & Entertainment Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. He has repeatedly been named to the WTR 1000 by World Trademark Review as a leading trademark practitioner and as one of its Global Leaders: Private Practice. He has served as adjunct professor of law at Fordham University Law School, teaching courses on Advertising Law and Advanced Trademark Law, and at Cardozo Law School, teaching Sports and the Law.

  • Raphaëlle Favre Schnyder Partner Barandun Legal & Tax Zürich, Switzerland
  • Ian Lynam Founding Partner Northridge London, United Kingdom

    Ian’s practice spans a wide range of transactional and regulatory areas of sports law. He is recognised by the legal directories as a leading “commercial dealmaker” “who has become a clear leader in the UK” and “an excellent lawyer, whose knowledge of the sports industry is unparalleled”. His expertise includes the financial regulation of sport (including salary caps and financial fair play), mergers and acquisitions, financing, governance, integrity, rules and regulations, sponsorship agreements, player transfers, player contracts and image rights.


    He has a particular expertise in the use of data in the sports industry, has spoken widely on the subject, advises a number of companies in the area and sits on the board of STATSports as a non-executive director.


    Ian’s recent work highlights include advising Chelsea FC on its acquisition for £4.25 billion by the Boehly/Clearlake consortium, advising Spotify on its first-of-its-kind partnership with FC Barcelona and advising Elliott Advisors on the sale of AC Milan to Redbird Capital Partners for €1.2 billion.

  • Richard H. McLaren Chief Executive Officer (and Lawyer at McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP) CEO MGSS Inc. McLaren Global Sport Solutions Inc.; Dispute Resolution Ltd.; McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP London, Canada
  • Patricia Moyersoen Partner MOYERSOEN Avocats Paris, France

    A lawyer at the Paris Bar since 1985. She has created and runs the Cabinet MOYERSOEN Avocats since 1988. Holder of a DEA in International Private Law from the Faculty of Law Paris VIII, she quickly specialized in the areas of law copyright, entertainment law and sports law.

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Schimke Professor, Of Counsel Bird & Bird LLP Düsseldorf, Germany
  • David W. Wu Partner Llinks Law Offices Shanghai, China

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    Emma is Senior Forum Director and Financial Services Lead at Cambridge Executive Connections (CEC), a subsidiary of Cambridge Forums, Inc. Naturally curious and a lifelong learner, Emma has developed and managed a variety of meetings in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Before joining Cambridge, Emma was Assistant Vice President, Global Marketing at State Street in Canada, where she spent close to two decades of her career, offering her a great depth of knowledge and understanding of the financial and investment sectors. In Emma’s current role, she leads CEC’s Financial Services portfolio, including programs for institutional investors, banking, private funds, risk, and governance professionals.

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