Sports law

Our company has a department which concentrates on sports law and on all parties which are connected directly or indirectly with the sporting world.

 

We provide legal assistance inter alia for sports players, sports clubs, sports federations, sports agents, sponsors, organisers and trainers.

 

Our company assists its clients inter alia in the following areas:

 

  • Drawing up internal sporting rules;
  • Assistance in internal disputes and disputes with third parties;
  • Assistance and defence in disciplinary proceedings and arbitration for sports organisations;
  • Assistance and defence in doping cases (Flemish Doping Tribunal, Disciplinary Commission, Sports Arbitration Tribunal, etc.);
  • Assistance with drawing up and inspecting and negotiating contracts (transfers, sponsor agreements, etc.);
  • Assistance for sport-related companies and associations (formation and amendment of articles of association of inter alia non-profit agencies, appointment/dismissal of directors, mergers and takeovers of sports clubs, applications (for business permits and other permits, etc.);
  • Assistance with regard to the tax and social security status of sports players and sports clubs (income tax);
  • Protection of the intellectual property rights of sports players (copyrights, brands and designs, broadcasting rights, portrait rights, etc.);
  • Sport-related criminal law (e.g. match fixing, corruption, assault and battery, drugs law, etc.);
  • Football law (stadium bans, etc.).

The sports department within our company stands out from other companies which cover sports law because it is integrated into a firm of lawyers which is geared to companies so that we can offer multidisciplinary and inter-departmental services in all possible branches of law.

 

Ons team

Associated partner

Mathieu Baert

Junior Associate

Fien Schreurs

Associated partner

Mathieu Baert

Mathieu Baert graduated with distinction in 2015 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. Prior to his law degree, he graduated with a master’s degree in criminology in 2012. After that, in 2017, he obtained a master’s degree in business economics with studies at the University of Latvia and the University of Ghent. He started working at Everest in 2015.

 

Apart from his vast experience in corporate criminal law and corporate law and criminal law more generally within the anti-fraud and corporate criminal law department, Mathieu also takes the lead of the sport law department within Everest.

 

Mathieu was appointed as academic consultant in crime and sport at the University of Ghent on 1 June 2020. Furthermore, he is also working on various publications in matters of sports law and he is also a disciplinary judge within the Disciplinary Committee of the Judo Federation of Flanders.

Junior Associate

Fien Schreurs

Fien Schreurs graduated in 2019 with a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven. She then completed a general LL.M. at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

 

Fien has been registered since 2020 as a lawyer at the Ghent bar and joined the Everest office in that same year.

 

She works in the anti-fraud and corporate criminal law department.

Fien also specialises in sports law.

Contact us

Are you interested in our services regarding sports law? If so, contact our specialists without obligation via our contact form or telephone us on 09/280.20.94.