Founded in 2010 by Paolo Lombardi, formerly Head of Disciplinary and Governance at FIFA, following a decade working for football’s governing body, Lombardi Associates offer professional advice and support to football clubs, players, coaches, intermediaries, associations, regulators, and investors worldwide.
Lombardi Associates advises across the full spectrum of regulatory matters. Our areas of specialism include an in-depth knowledge of all FIFA regulations including the FIFA RSTP and the FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries, as well as UEFA regulations and in particular Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play. We assist clients in dealing with FIFA bodies, including transfer related disputes, the solidarity mechanism and training compensation. We have assisted clients in more than 150 cases at CAS, both in appeal procedures and in first instance hearings where the issue is not under the jurisdiction of FIFA.
We offer a close working relationship to our clients and assist with transfer related negotiations and agreements, employment matters and liaise with our international network of contacts to find practical and effective solutions. In addition to our legal services, our in-house accountant assists with financial aspects of various regulations including taxation elements allowing us to provide a full service to clients.
Our team lectures on a variety of different subjects on courses ranging from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at institutions all over the world, to the FIFA Executive programme. Lombardi Associates sits on a number of disciplinary panels, including Sports Resolutions, Scottish Athletics and UK Athletics.
Lombardi Associates working languages include English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French
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