Has the eSports industry finally matured? Panel discussion at Sports law Ireland Conference 2019

LawInSport in partnership with the Sports Law Bar Association of Ireland will be hosting a one-day conference in Dublin on the 8 February 2019 to contemporary issues in sports law and celebrate the contribution of Irish Sports Lawyers and Sports Business Professionals contribution to the development of international sports governance, regulation and law.

To discuss whether the eSports industry has finally matured, we have brought together leading experts to debate the issue.

The speakers on the eSports panel are:

  • David Casserly, Barrister and Attorney, Kellerhals Carrard (Panel Chair)
  • Vyte Danileviciute, International Counsel, Riot Games
  • Andrew Nixon, Head of Sport and eSports, Sheridans
  • Jeffery Benz, Barrister, Arbitrator and Meditator, 4 New Square, JAMS and the Court of Arbitration for Sport

The conference will also offer unrivalled networking opportunity with the leading experts, lawyers and executives in the sports sector as well as 4 interactive panel discussions.

For further information including the full agenda and speaker list, and details of how to book your place click here: https://www.lawinsport.com/sports-law-events/conference/73-sports-law-ireland-conference-2019

You can follow updates from the conference on Twitter using #SportsLawIre19


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Speaker Profiles

David Casserly, Barrister and Attorney, Kellerhals Carrard (Panel Chair)

David Casserly is a barrister and attorney (Bar of Ireland; Bar of England & Wales; Bar of New York) specialised in the areas of sports law and international arbitration.

Mr Casserly acts for a wide range of clients, including prominent football clubs (English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Chinese Super League, Brasileirão etc.) and some of the world's largest sporting organisations. He is particularly recognised for his expertise as an advocate before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and his experience and knowledge of the football industry.

In addition to his role as counsel, he is an Arbitration Fellow (CIArb) and an accredited mediator and regularly sits as arbitrator or mediator in commercial and sports-related disputes. He also lectures on sports law and international arbitration in several universities and has leadership roles within a number of international arbitration and sports law organisations.

 

Vyte Danileviciute, International Counsel, Riot Games

Vyte is a legal counsel supporting Riot Games’ European operations and is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. Since joining Riot in 2015 Vyte took interest in esports as an exciting and dynamic space. She advises the esports team on matters relating to league operations, events, production, broadcast, sponsorships, media and publishing. Her primary focus areas at the moment are the roll out of the Long Term Partnership system in 2019, evolution of the semi-professional leagues, and business development efforts. Before joining Riot Vyte spent several years with a law firm SORAINEN in Lithuania starting as a junior lawyer before moving on to head the firm’s Communications, Media and Technology Sector Group. Vyte has also worked as an independent legal advisor for technology start-ups, film and creative industries in the Baltics region.

 

Andrew Nixon, Head of Sport and eSports, Sheridans

Andrew Nixon is a Partner in the Sport Group at Sheridans. Referred to in this year's Legal 500 as a “very bright and talented sports lawyer” Andrew's practice focuses principally on regulatory, governance, disciplinary, arbitration and dispute resolution within the sport sector. Andrew's clients include governing bodies, sports clubs, sports agencies and individual athletes.

He is  regularly called upon as an expert in sports law by media outlets such as BBC, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Channel 4 and ITV and is an accomplished sports conference speaker. Andrew is also Non Executive Director of the English Table Tennis Association.

 

Jeffery Benz, Arbitrator and Meditator, 4 New Square, JAMS and the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Jeff is a Door Tenant at 4 New Square Chambers, London and accomplished arbitrator and mediator. As a former General Counsel of the United States Olympic Committee, and former athlete, Jeff's sports credentials are without compare. Jeff has acted as a neutral or counsel in a wide variety of sports, including, among others, ice hockey, gymnastics, speedskating, figure skating, football and soccer, rugby, track and field, team handball, equestrian, table tennis, triathlon, wrestling, tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, boxing, cycling, sailing, and complex disputes and transactions involving sponsorships, film financings and production, technology, licensing, and live events.

Born in the US, he earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees at the University of Michigan and his law degree at the University of Texas, and is admitted as a member of the bar of the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, and New York, and a variety of United States federal courts. Jeff also attended a semester at the Queen Mary University of London and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and started his professional career as an intern in Lloyd’s Claims Office in London.

Jeff’s UK, and European, practice is devoted primarily to acting as mediator and arbitrator. Jeff has strong background in the law governing disputes and transactions in entertainment, sports, technology, and insurance, and he has been involved in general commercial practice his entire career. He is a CEDR-accredited mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and he is a principal mediator and arbitrator with the Agency for Dispute Resolution in Los Angeles. His work as an intermediary or counsel has taken him around the world, throughout the United States, and to, among other places, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, Moldova, Georgia, Thailand, Kenya, Mexico, and, of course, the United Kingdom.

He has extensive practical experience and training (as both counsel and neutral) in arbitration, mediation and other forms of non-court dispute resolution. He is an active, appointed, member of several panels of arbitrators and mediators in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Switzerland, the U.K and internationally, including the American Arbitration Association, Hong Kong International Arbitration Commission, Beijing Arbitration Commission, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), London Court of International Arbitration, ICC-USCIB, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Jeff is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Sports Lawyers Association (where he is a long-time member of the Board and serves as International Committee Chair), and the National Sports Law Institute.

Jeff is an adjunct professor at the law schools at Los Angeles-based Pepperdine University and Madrid-based ISDE, and he contributes regularly to the literature on dispute resolution and sports law. Since 2013, Jeff has been named as one of a handful of worldwide professionals in the Who’s Who of Entertainment and Sports Law, where he is one of the few neutrals so recognized in the field.

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