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LOYR’s sporting expertise
Elite sport covers huge commercial interests involving considerable sums of money. For parties in the world of sports it is therefore essential that their interests are optimally protected.
LOYR advises both individual athletes and organisations in the world of sports. Players, coaches, clubs, associations, intermediaries (agents) and sponsors are guaranteed robust legal advice and careful supervision based on an understanding and feeling for the personal, commercial and social aspects, as well as the emotions that may also play a role. What sets LOYR apart from other law firms is the experience of its lawyers as professionals in the world of sports, in combination with their specialist expertise within this legal area.
Zabih Etemadi and Babs Dubois are the sports law specialists within LOYR.
Babs Dubois, who is herself fanatical about sport, advises athletes and sports clubs about contracts, regulations, disciplinary law and codes of conduct or articles of association in the context of contract negotiations, GDPR and labour disputes. Babs is a member of the disciplinary committee of the Dutch Judo Association [Judo Bond Nederland], the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the Central Committee for Appeals Assessment [Centrale Commissie van Beroep voor Toetsing] of the Sports Management Academy [Academie voor Sportkader]. Since June 2017 she has been a member of the board of the Kennemerland Sports Support Foundation [Stichting Sportsupport Kennemerland].
Zabih Etemadi comes from a footballing family. Until the age of twenty-four he was a professional footballer in the Dutch Premier league. His legal knowledge, in combination with his professional experience in the world of sports, enable him to offer his clients guaranteed added value. Zabih primarily assists Dutch and foreign parties in the world of football, for whom he also negotiates at international level. His knowledge and experience mean that he is the ultimate adviser on the touchline. Zabih has a great deal of knowledge of sport regulations and, where necessary, he litigates before various arbitration boards of the national sports federations, the FIFA and the CAS.
LOYR can offer clients in the world of sports legal advice and guidance during litigation in connection with:
- Negotiations and (international) transfers
- Contracts (for example sponsorship contracts)
- Doping cases
- FIFA procedures
- Employment matters (for example breach of contract)
- Match fixing
- Portrait rights
- Procedures before the arbitration board of the national federation
- Disciplinary cases (suspensions)
- Association law
- Data protection cases (GDPR)
- Litigation before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)