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Yury Zaytsev

Specialization

Sports law, Labor law, Civil law, Corporate law.

Education

Graduated from the Moscow State Law Academy, Specialization “Lawyer in sport, show business and advertising”, Thesis “Features of the employment contract termination in sport”.

Publications

Yury Zaitsev is an author of the book “Working life in the world of sports” about legal status of sportsmen and coaches, as well as the author of many publications on sports law.

Professional experience

Yury Zaitsev worked for the Football Union of Russia (FUR) for a long time, where he was executive secretary of FUR Disciplinary Committee, the member of FUR Players’ Status Committee, the member of FUR Players’ Agents Committee, and the expert on clubs’ licensing (legal and staffing criteria).
He participated in creating of FUR Regulations on the Players’ status and transfers, FUR Regulations on Players’ Agents activities, FUR Disciplinary Regulations, FUR Regulations on clubs’ licensing, as well as FUR competitions regulations. After leaving the Football Union of Russia Yury Zaitsev had moved to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organizing Committee.

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Mikhail Prokopets

Specialization

Sports law, Labor law, Civil law.

Education

Russian State University for the Humanities. History, politics and the law faculty.

Publications

The author of the following books:
“Football fair. The book about football agents”.
“Football disputes settlement. Analysis of RFU and FIFA DRCs, CAS cases”.
The author of number of articles on sports law. Deputy Editor-in-Chief  and author of the specialized edition «Sports law: scientific and practical magazine”.

Professional experience

2005-2008- Associate in the Russian Football Union (RFU). Author of the amendments to the Labor code!and the Federal law on sports and physical activity in Russian Federation.
2006- spring 2008- Executive secretary (voting member) of the RFU Disciplinary committee (jurisdictional football body).
Member of Football agents licensing body (2006-2008).
From 2006- Arbitrator of the Court of arbitration for sports (Moscow chamber).
From 2007- Expert of the Football clubs licensing and Stadiums licensing committee.
2008-2013- Senior associate and the Head of Sports law department in the “YUST” law firm.
From 2014- Legal adviser to the FC “Metallist” (Kharkov, Ukraine).

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Georgi Gradev

Publications

  • Football Legal

  • ASSER International Sports Law Journal

  • EPFL Sports Law Bulletin

  • IASL International Sports Law Review Pandektis

  • Еtc.

Membership

SILA (International Association of Sports Lawyers) – co-founder

IASL Case-Law Committee (since 2009)

Work experience

Owner & General Manager of GRADEV SPORTS (2004-2017)

Education and training

University of National and Word Economy (Bulgaria)

University of Pittsburgh (USA)

Birkbeck, University of London (England) – International sports law (2009)

Academic experience

Visiting professor at the ISDE, Madrid (Masters in International Sports Law) – 2017

Football law experience

Working in the field of football law since 2007

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Alexandre Zen-Ruffinen

Education

Law degree of the Neuchâtel University, Switzerland;
Attorney, Neuchâtel Bar (Switzerland).

Working languages

French
English
Italian
German.

Professional experience

– 2000-2014: Partner of the law office Schaller Bauer Zen-Ruffinen, then Schaller Zen-Ruffinen Junod, from 2000 to 2014;
– 2015: Co-founder and Partner of INLAW & Associate;
– 2006-2016: Member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss National Basket League (LNBA);
– Since 2018: Lecturer at the Escuela Univeristaria Real Madrid, Universidad Europa’s International Master in Sports Law.

Specialization

Sports law, Real Estate law, Commercial law, Contracts law, Employment law and Civil law.

Publications

FRANÇOIS BOHNET/ALEXANDRE ZEN-RUFFINEN, L’arbitrabilité des conflits individuels de travail en matière sportive, en particulier dans les domaines du football, du hockey sur glace et du basketball, in: Pascal Mahon (éd.), L’activité et l’espace : droit du sport et aménagement du territoire : mélanges en l’honneur de Piermarco Zen-Ruffinen, Bâle 2011, p. 35-49.

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Larisa Stepanik

Administrative director
office@silalawyers.com

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Maria Tokmakova

Specialization

Sports law, Labor law, Civil law.

Education

Bachelor degree: Law faculty of National Research University Higher School of Economics (2015)
Masters degree: Law faculty of National Research University Higher School of Economics, Excellence
Diploma (2017)

Professional experience

Lawyer of the law firm SILA International Lawyers since 2016
Participates in projects related to disputes arising from civil, labor, transfer and other relations governed
by regulations of international and national federations and leagues (RFU, UEFA, FIFA, KHL, HFR, etc.).
Represents interests of clients in courts of the Russian Federation, jurisdictional bodies of the RFU and
the FIFA, the International Sports Arbitration Court in Lausanne (CAS). Acts for athletes in disputes
related to anti-doping rule violations in bodies of international sports federations, RUSADA.

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Ilya Chicherov

Specialization

Sports law, employment law, dispute resolution.

Education

Bachelor degree: Law faculty of National Research University Higher School of Economics (2015)
Masters degree: «Lawyer in sports» Law faculty of National Research University Higher School of Economics (2017)
Level of foreign languages: English – «Advanced» (C1); French – «Intermédiaire» (В1).

 Professional experience

Prior to joining Legal Sport:
– worked as legal counsel in the holding “Group Acropol”;
– supervised the work with non-profit organizations.
In Legal Sport provides all-round legal support to non-commercial organizations in sports, represents athletes and sport clubs in judicial bodies of sport federations and also represents interests of the company’s clients in arbitral courts and courts of general jurisdiction.

 Publications

“Several problems of legal regulation of labor of athletes”, I. Chicherov. Compilation of the Eleventh scientific-practical conference on labor law “Peculiarities of the legal regulation of labor of certain categories of employees”, Moscow, 2016.

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Narek Janikyan

Senior lawyer
janikyan@silalawyers.com

 

Specialization

Real estate, construction and arbitration disputes.

The experience of legal practice

From 2014.

Professional experience

Participated in projects related to disputes arising from civil, land and town-planning relations.

Education

Russian University of Economics named after G. V. Plekhanov (Bachelor’s degree);
Russian State University of Justice (Master’s degree).

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Kussainova Inzhu

Professional experience

2012-2014 – Limited Liability Partnership “Tobol Football Club”, lawyer;
2014 – present – Private legal practice;
2015-2016 – Joint-stock company “National company EXPO-2017”, manager of marketing and
promotion department for legal issues;
2016-2017 – Public Association “Federation of Athletics of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, lawyer,
executive director.

Specialization

Sports law

Education

Kostanay State University named after A. Baytursynov, faculty of journalism, specialty “Public
Relations” (2002-2006). Diploma with honours;
Kostanay State University named after A. Baytursynov, Faculty of Law, specialty “Jurisprudence”
(2006-2008);
South Ural State University, Russia, Chelyabinsk, Faculty of Psychology, specialty “Psychological
counseling” (2008-2012);
Kostanai Engineering and Economic University named after M. Dulatov, Master’s programme,
specialty “Management” (2013-2015);
Advanced training in specializations: the basics of training work, the basics of business-training
activity, psychological counseling.

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Bychkov Nikolay

Specialization

Civil law, dispute resolution, bankruptcy

Education

Graduated with honors from the Kutafin Moscow State Law university (MSAL) with a
bachelor’s degree in law by specialization as a Lawyer in sport, show business and advertising.

Professional experience

Prior to joining SILA International Lawyers:
⁃ Worked in the legal department of the international insurance company – Metlife;
⁃ Worked as an assistant to a lawyer specializing in arbitration disputes.

In SILA International lawyers provides litigation support, legal support for transactions, legal advising,
legal risks analysis, settlement agreements, representation of any participants in the bankruptcy procedure
and advising on any bankruptcy matters.

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Pavel Fedotov

Specialization

Sports law, labor law, dispute resolution.

Education

Graduate of the NRU “Higher School of Economics” (Bachelor’s degree).
Student of the Master’s programme “Sports lawyer” of the NRU “Higher School of Economics”.

Professional experience

Participates in projects related to disputes arising from civil law relations, labor relations of athletes and coaches
with clubs and transfer relations, changing of national associations by football players and other legal relations
governed by the regulations of international and national federations and leagues (RFU, UEFA, FIFA, KHL).
Represents principal’s interests in public courts, jurisdictional bodies of the RFU and FIFA, the Court of Arbitration
for Sport in Lausanne (CAS).
Protects athletes’ rights in the bodies of international sports federations, RUSADA in cases of anti-doping rules
violations.