Results of 2022

Dear friends and colleagues, the time has come to congratulate you on an ending of 2022 and to quickly summarize its results.

The year of 2022 became a year of a serious shock and tests for sports industry and for the world in general. In times of crisis the role of lawyers helping their clients to solve the most intricate and complex problems significantly increases. We can proudly announce that this year we were able to master most of the tasks which we were dealing with for the first time. We remain in touch and are always ready to help our clients in any situation.

This year was reach in events for our firm. SILA Russia celebrated its 10th anniversary of foundation, and a new, seventh, office of our company – SILA UAE, which is located in Dubai – found its place on a world map. The Middle East in general and the Emirates in particular is a dynamically developing market, the presence in which allows the company to remain being at the center of events. The office will advise both sports clients and international business. If you have any issue or interesting task that needs to be resolved in this region, we are at your service.

During this year we assisted lots of national and international transfers. The year began with the transfer of Fedor Smolov to FC Dynamo, Wilson Isidor to FC Lokomotiv, and Arsen Adamov to FC Zenit. In the course of this year we were lucky to work with such clients as Vladimir Fedotov (head coach of PFC CSKA), Roman Sharonov (FC SKA-Khabarovsk), Nikolay Pisarev (ex FC Khimki), Vadim Garanin (ex FC Sochi), Zelimkhan Bakaev (FC Zenit), Vladimir Mukhanov (FC Aktobe), Aleksey Miranchuk (FC Torino), Antonio Vuzov (Lokomotiv Sofia), Gamid Agalarov (FC Akhmat), Artem Dzyuba (ex Adana), Borislav Tsonev (Damian pro), Keita Balde (FC Spartak), Alexander Kokorin (FC Aris), Matias Norman (FC Dynamo), Plamen Iliev (FC Cluj), Mikha Mevlja (FC Spartak), Steven Petkov (FC Moreirense), Kanem Paris (FC Dynamo Kyiv), Ivan Oblyakov (PFC CSKA), and with many others, whose names we cannot disclose due to confidentiality reasons.

2022 has brought dozens of wins on behalf of our clients in jurisdictional bodies of national sports federations, as well before FIFA and CAS. We would like to emphasize the wins in the case of Edgars Gauračs, in which CAS reduced the director’s ban from three years to 15 months, and also the win in the case of the president of the Russian Weightlifting Federation Maxim Agapitov, who managed to retain his right to participate in elections in managing bodies of IWF via CAS procedure. The case of FC Slavia (Sofia) against Spanish Football Federation became one of the milestones in the area of sporting succession, in which we managed to change the decision of FIFA issued against our client. In another case CAS dismissed the decision of Bulgarian NOC on an ineligibility of a famous swimmer Antoni Ivanov. The dispute between FC Chertanovo and FC Kairat, which lasted for years, ended with a success in CAS – compensation was awarded in favor of the Moscow club for the transfer of the football player Kolesnichenko.

SILA is proud of the fact that it was our firm which was chosen by RFU and many clubs from Russian Premier League for appeal against decisions of FIFA and UEFA on exclusion of Russian clubs and national teams from international competitions. Despite the fact that we could not prevail, we have done and will continue doing our best to effectively protect our clients’ interests.

As a closure we could not avoid mentioning our educational projects, to which we pay huge attention. This year the lawyers of SILA participated as lectors in various educational programs in ISDE (Madrid), Higher School of Economics (HSE), MGIMO and RMA (Russia). We continue the training of football agents, and 90% of course participants successfully passed the exams for the intermediary accreditation from the first trial. Unfortunately, in February due to heavy workload we had to temporarily pause the production of our everyone’s favorite podcast. We promise to rectify the situation and to release new episodes already in January 2023. While awaiting for the new content and to get into a festive mood, we advise you to listen to last New Year’s issue dedicated to the Harry Potter universe and the peculiarities of Quidditch as a sport. Good mood after listening is guaranteed.

See you next year! Your SILA