Swiss Arbitration Decisions

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February 19, 2013

The case involved a dispute concerning the transfer of a professional football player.

 

After various other procedural moves, a three members Panel of the CAS (chairman Bernhard Welten with arbitrators Mark Hovell and Vit Horacek) upheld an appeal by one of the two clubs involved and ordered the other one to pay an amount of € 800’000 plus VAT and interest.

 

An appeal was made to the Federal Tribunal and the Court rejected the appeal.

 

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4A_550/2012
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September 23, 2008

The case involved a sports arbitration in Lausanne, in which two Argentinean agents had been entrusted with negotiating the transfer of a player to the Spanish club Real Madrid. The transfer was not completed due to a negative medical report. The agents filed a claim with FIFA for fees, which was rejected. On February 29, 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (“CAS”) upheld the dismissal of the claim. The CAS arbitral tribunal was chaired by Prof. Massimo Coccia with Mr. D.

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Docket number: 
4A_176/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 128 (2009)
also see Vol 2 SwissIntArbRep 451 (2008)
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October 18, 2011

The case involves a 2006 contract between an English company and a Canadian resident, acting as trustee for a trust that owned the shares of a company, sold the shares to the buyer. Simultaneously, an employment contract was entered into between the company owned by the trust, which was based in the United Arab Emirates and an Italian resident with a view to his future employment as a managing director.

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Docket number: 
4A_214/2011
Original language: 
Italian
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 677 (2012)
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November 27, 2017

This was a Civil law appeal against an award rendered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on April 19, 2017, where the professional football club X (the Club) was ordered to pay to the player’s Intermediary A (the Intermediary) the outstanding amount of a commission of EUR 2'700'000, plus interest, according to the contract concluded on August 23, 2013.

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Docket number: 
4A_312/2017
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December 12, 2019

These two decisions, 4A_244/2019 and 4A_246/2019, concern the final awards in two arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules before the same PCA Arbitral Tribunal (Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler as Chair, with Brigitte Stern and Daniel Price as co-arbitrators), with its seat in Geneva.

 

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4A_244/2019
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February 21, 2008

This decision dated February 21, 2008 came on line in late March.  In view of its interest it has already been the object of a short comment (in French) by Laurent Hirsch in the discussion group  arbitrage-adr@yahoogroupes.fr. Laurent's comment was mailed on April 10.

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Docket number: 
4A_370/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 89 (2008)
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December 14, 2017

This is the well known case of Horthel Systems BV v. Poland, initiated under the 1992 Netherlands-Poland BIT. Horthel sought damages on the basis of articles 3(1) (Fair and equitable treatment) and 5 (Deprivation of investment without compensation and discrimination). At issue was the (modified) tax regime applied by the host state.

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Docket number: 
4A_157/2017
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March 10, 2010

This opinion of the Federal Tribunal of March 10, 2010, is related to sport arbitration, which nowadays tends to become the main “provider” of appeals to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. This is due to the fact that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is based in Lausanne (Switzerland). Also, there are numerous sport arbitrations, some of which inevitably find their way to the Federal Tribunal, including some cases in which it is clear that an appeal should not have been filed at all.

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Docket number: 
4A_4/2010
Original language: 
Italian
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 848 (2010)
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March 21, 2013

The case involved a Ukrainian football player who tested positive to Furosemide, a diuretic that can mask the presence of other drugs and is accordingly banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

 

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4A_522/2012
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March 3, 2014

The case involved the well-known football player Ismaël Bangoura, the Al-Nasr sports club of Dubai, and the French FC Nantes.

In 2010, Bangoura transferred from a French club to Al-Nasr and certain commitments were made with regard to his salary. The following year, he left Dubai without authorization from Al-Nasr and in early 2012 he signed a contract with Nantes.

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Docket number: 
4A_304/2013
Original language: 
French
Published: 
32 ASA Bull 384 (2014)
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May 27, 2014

The case involved the construction of a bridge across a European river. In 2004, a contract, governed by the law of the country in which the bridge was to be built, was entered into for a number of pillars and the relative superstructures. The contract contained an ICC arbitration clause. Unbeknownst to the contractor, another contract was also signed in 2004, awarding the works to a different company.

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Docket number: 
4A_508/2013
Original language: 
French
Published: 
33 ASA Bull 865 (2015), 140 III 278
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March 27, 2014

The case involved a group of Ukrainian players who took money to fix a game and got caught. Among the evidence were video recordings and the transcript of a phone conversation. The Control and Disciplinary Committee (CDC) of the Ukrainian Football Federation (FFU) banned a player for life and issued various other sanctions in a decision of August 9, 2010.

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4A_448/2013
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December 10, 2015

The matter involved an Argentinian player who entered into a contract with two players’ agents in Argentina and then unilaterally terminated the contract.

 

The agents sued in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which had jurisdiction pursuant to an arbitration clause in the contract. The CAS Panel (chairman José Juan Pinto with arbitrators Riccardo de Buen and Hernan Ferrari) essentially upheld the claim but only awarded EUR 1 million instead of the EUR 3 million claimed.

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4A_568/2015
Original language: 
German
Published: 
34 ASA Bull 178 (2016)
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March 22, 2016

Pursuant to a 2009 contract between a Brazilian football player and a Portuguese club, a claim for termination in breach of the contract was filed by the player with the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber. The claim was upheld by the Dispute Resolution Chamber and then essentially confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Panel (chairman Stuart McInnes with arbitrators Stephan Breidenbach and Rui Botica Santos) added interest to the amount to be paid.

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Docket number: 
4A_678/2015
Original language: 
German
Published: 
35 ASA Bull 390 (2017)
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July 25, 2017

The Appellant, Alexei Lovchev, is an Russian weightlifter at the international level, who participated in the 2015 Weightlifting World Championship in Houston, USA, as a member of the Russian team. He won the gold medal and set two world records. In November 2015, the Appellant underwent a doping control that resulted in an Adverse Analytical Finding, (AAF) and showed the presence of the prohibited substance Ipamorelin in the Appellant’s sample in an extremely low concentration of 0.1 ng/ml.

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Docket number: 
4A_80/2017
Original language: 
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