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Practice Area

Sports Law

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SÉRVULO has increasingly been playing a key role in the area of sports law, providing its clients with a legal approach of a high cross-cutting nature, intertwining matters as diverse as contract law, labour law, commercial law, administrative law and tax law, among others.

With its finger firmly on the pulse of this sector and fully aware of the developments happening within it, SÉRVULO offers a team of lawyers with solid experience in assisting a variety of clients operating in the sports sector, from athletes and administrators, to sports clubs and federations. In addition to this, SÉRVULO also provides assistance to the wide range of other players that gravitate around the phenomenon that is the sports sector, such as event promoters, kit and equipment manufacturers, investors, sponsors, advertising agencies and even media outlets. 


Sub-Areas Sports Law

SÉRVULO accompanies its clients in the negotiation of contracts for the representation and management of sports careers, in the negotiation of national and international transfers of players, as well as in cooperation agreements and exchange of players between clubs.

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Francisco Boavida Salavessa Miguel Santos Almeida João Saúde Teresa Pala Schwalbach

SÉRVULO offers solid support to its clients in the elaboration and negotiation of employment and training contracts in the sports sector, it provides assistance in cases of accidents on the job in the exercise of a sports activity, and it represents its clients in disciplinary procedures, in terminations of employment contracts for just cause, claiming solidarity mechanism payments and training rights.

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Miguel Santos Almeida Rita Canas da Silva

In the area of sports tax law SÉRVULO has extensive experience in tax advisory services on national and international operations and transactions, as well as in monitoring their implementation, providing taxation services for sports practitioners, agents, clubs and sports companies, and representing clients in tax litigation processes.

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Teresa Pala Schwalbach

Over the years SÉRVULO has accumulated solid experience in assisting sports federations and associations, in the elaboration of sports statutes and regulations, and in accompanying the celebration of programme contracts for sports development. Moreover, we are dedicated to preparing legal opinions and other legal documents for central, regional and local public sports administration entities, as well as to providing advice on the licencing of sports facilities and the organisation of sporting events.

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Henrique Rodrigues da Silva

SÉRVULO represents clients in sporting litigation before federation, judicial or arbitral courts, in particular before the Sport Arbitration Court (TAD - Tribunal Arbitral do Desporto) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS - Tribunal Arbitral du Sport).

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Henrique Rodrigues da Silva Miguel Santos Almeida João Saúde Maria Novo Baptista

SÉRVULO has specialised experience in representing clients in criminal cases within the domain of sports, namely in cases of corruption, unsportsmanlike behaviour, match fixing, doping and violence.

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Miguel Santos Almeida

SÉRVULO is especially dedicated to providing legal advice on the setting up and day-to-day activities of companies operating in the sports sector, on compliance with UEFA's financial fair play rules, and on negotiating financing contracts and guarantees associated with sports clubs and companies. In addition to this, we provide legal assistance in the structuring and registration of collective investment funds and other entities, and to listed companies in what regards complying with their information duties vis-à-vis the market and in their relationship with the Portuguese Securities Market Commission.

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Francisco Boavida Salavessa

SÉRVULO has extensive experience in advising on competition law issues, both before the Competition Authority and the European Commission, and it is particularly focused on providing legal assistance in joint or individual agreements for the purchase of television rights, as well as in cases of restriction of freedom of movement in sport (doping, national teams, rules regarding access to competitions), of State Aid (exemptions, public financing of infrastructures, sports clubs or activities), Third Party Ownership and competition law, amongst others. 

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Mafalda Ferreira Santos Miguel Gorjão-Henriques

SÉRVULO has specialised experience in providing legal advice regarding the management of the image and intellectual property rights of sports figures and entities, in particular with regard to the protection of trademarks and insignia, but also in matters related to the negotiation of transferring rights to television broadcasters, sponsorship contracts, naming rights, and others.

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Francisco Boavida Salavessa Miguel Santos Almeida João Saúde