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UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THE GAME

Player contracts: How contractual stability can override a liquidated damages clause

Published 25 May 2017 | Authored by: Dr. Lucien W. Valloni Stéphanie Oneyser

Football – one word that evokes not only a sport but also money related issues. 

Contrary to what one may think, football players often struggle to get paid by their club, in particular after the wrongful termination of the employment agreement by the club.

A recent example illustrates this phenomenon – here with a happy ending for the player. 

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About the Author

Dr. Lucien W. Valloni

Dr. Lucien W. Valloni

Lucien is a highly experienced litigator in both international and domestic commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. Lucien is also one of the best-known sports lawyers in Switzerland, with extensive experience in sports litigation on various bodies of sports organisations as well as in sports arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. 

Lucien has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2005. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in all fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He also advises clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters, including the recovery and enforcement of state debts.

Lucien has published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and lectures widely.

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Stéphanie Oneyser

Stéphanie Oneyser

Stéphanie's practice focuses on civil litigation matters and insolvency law.

She joined our firm as an associate in April 2014.

After obtaining a Master of Laws degree from the University of Fribourg in 2009, she did her legal internships with a business law firm in Zurich and the District Court of Horgen. Until 2014, she worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Horgen and passed the Zurich Bar Exam in 2013. Stéphanie has also experience in arbitration cases. She has worked for Prof. Pierre Tercier who was chairman of many ICC arbitration proceedings. Moreover, she advices in arbitration proceedings in sport law under the CAS Rules.

Her working languages are German, English and French.

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