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CMS is one of the few international law firms having unique expertise in the sport sector combined with a deep insight into the Russian market. Our multijurisdictional team offers a complete service to clients enabling them to be a competent partner regarding investments in Russia.

With upcoming major events such as the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, having competent and experienced legal advice is one of the key elements for gaining access to the emerging Russian market. Our team is familiar with the conditions and requirements of the local legal and commercial system and has longstanding experience in advising clients in this field.

We advise football clubs, industrial companies, operators of sports venues, sports consulting agencies and sports managers as well as federations and high profile athletes internationally and locally. Among our clients are United Football League Organisational Committee, Russian Association for Sport and Leisure Facilities, Sport Business Consulting magazine, Riedel Communications, Sportfive sports agency and others.

In the next years, Russia will be venue of several major sporting events: in 2014 the Olympic Games will be hosted in Sochi, in 2017 the FIFA Confederations Cup and in 2018 the FIFA World Cup will take place, creating the need for massive investments on the territory. The know-how of foreign companies related to the building of hotels, stadiums, airports and other infrastructure projects will certainly be resorted to by the Russian economy. Our team is familiar with the processes of tendering and is well experienced regarding multinational business relationships with Russia and will therefore be of valuable assistance to foreign corporations.

We also offer more classical services in the sports sector such as advising sportsmen, agents and managers, including:

  • concerning contract terms, exclusiveness agreements, reimbursement regulations, exploitation of commercial rights, termination of agreements, financing;
  • marketing of sports events, media agreements, advertisements and sponsoring, ticketing and merchandising, websites, introduction of new media formats related to sports or mass sports events.

We also offer legal advice in related subject areas like tax or employment law as well as in the context of franchising and trademark law. Furthermore, we are experienced in international arbitration and other forms of out of court settlements.


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14/03/2022
The Mo­scow of­fice of CMS to con­tin­ue as an in­de­pend­ent law firm
Dear FriendsWe have been through a lot dur­ing 30 years in Rus­sia. Now a dif­fi­cult de­cision has been taken by CMS to leave the Rus­si­an mar­ket. We are grate­ful to our in­ter­na­tion­al col­leagues for their...
28/01/2022
Leg­al de­vel­op­ments that may af­fect your busi­ness in 2022
CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have pre­pared their an­nu­al se­lec­tion of the most sig­ni­fic­ant leg­al de­vel­op­ments that may af­fect your busi­ness in Rus­sia in 2022.
10/06/2021
CMS Rus­sia earns a re­cord num­ber of re­cog­ni­tions by Best Law­yers 2022
Strong re­cog­ni­tion by the rank­ing 32 CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have been se­lec­ted for in­clu­sion in­to the 2022 edi­tion of the Best Law­yers rank­ing. In total, we have earned 74 re­cog­ni­tions by the rank­ing :Ant­on...
26/01/2021
Most awaited leg­al de­vel­op­ments of 2021
CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have pre­pared their an­nu­al se­lec­tion of the most awaited leg­al de­vel­op­ments in Rus­sia in 2021.You can read de­tailed art­icles and re­com­mend­a­tions by our ex­perts on the forth­com­ing changes...
15/09/2020
Do­ing busi­ness in Rus­sia 2020
As part of our un­der­tak­ing to cre­ate ad­ded value for cli­ents, our pro­fes­sion­als have put to­geth­er this in­tro­duct­ory guide to the Rus­si­an leg­al sys­tem and the prin­cip­al laws and reg­u­la­tions that are of in­terest to in­vestors in this chal­len­ging but op­por­tun­ity-full mar­ket. It is of course no sub­sti­tute for the ex­pert ad­vice tailored to your pro­ject that we will be pleased to provide to you on re­quest.Rus­si­an le­gis­la­tion is chan­ging rap­idly. Al­though this guide de­scribes the laws as of 1 Janu­ary 2020, please con­tact us to check that it re­mains up-to-date. We would also re­com­mend that you sub­scribe to our free on­line ser­vice CMS Law-Now through which you will re­ceive our leg­al and tax eAl­erts. Jean-François Mar­quaire (Man­aging Part­ner)Le­onid Zubar­ev (Seni­or Part­ner)
04/06/2020
CMS Rus­sia earns 58 re­cog­ni­tions by Best Law­yers 2021
Strong re­cog­ni­tion by the rank­ing 26 CMS Rus­sia ex­perts have been se­lec­ted for in­clu­sion in­to the 2021 edi­tion of the Best Law­yers. In total, we have earned 58 re­cog­ni­tions by the rank­ing:Ant­on Bankovskiy...
13/03/2020
CMS Rus­sia keeps its strong po­s­i­tions in Cham­bers Europe 2020
Awar­ded leg­al ad­vice CMS Rus­sia has been ranked by Cham­bers Europe 2020 in the fol­low­ing cat­egor­ies:Bank­ing & Fin­ance | Band 3Com­pet­i­tion/An­ti­trust | Band 3Cor­por­ate/M&A: High-End Cap­ab­il­it­ies | Band...
26/02/2020
CMS Rus­sia ranked among top law firms in Rus­sia by Kom­mersant
Awar­ded leg­al ad­vice The na­tion­al rank­ing Kom­mersant in­cluded CMS Rus­sia in­to its rank­ing of the top law firms in Rus­sia for the first time.CMS Rus­sia was ranked across 19 cat­egor­ies: Bank­ing & Fin­ance­Com­pet­i­tion Cor­por­ate/...
14/02/2020
CMS Rus­sia ac­com­plishes strong show­ing in Cham­bers Glob­al 2020
Awar­ded leg­al ad­vice One of the lead­ing leg­al dir­ect­or­ies Cham­bers & Part­ners has pub­lished its rank­ing Cham­bers Glob­al 2020. CMS Rus­sia has been ranked in the fol­low­ing cat­egor­ies:Bank­ing & Fin­ance...
07/06/2018
The law on counter-sanc­tions now in force
On 4 June 2018, Fed­er­al Law No. 127-FZ “On Meas­ures (Coun­ter­meas­ures) against Un­friendly Ac­tions of the United States of Amer­ica and Oth­er For­eign States”* (the “Counter-sanc­tions Law”) came in­to...
26/04/2018
Rus­sia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup se­cur­ity meas­ures could neg­at­ively af­fect...
From 25 May 2018 to 25 Ju­ly 2018, high se­cur­ity meas­ures in the host re­gions and cit­ies of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be in place. The host re­gions and cit­ies in­clude Mo­scow, Saint Peters­burg, Tatarstan...
27/02/2014
CMS an­nounces Valer­iy Fe­doreev’s ap­point­ment as a part­ner of the em­ploy­ment...
Mo­scow - CMS Rus­sia, a lead­ing in­ter­na­tion­al law firm, an­nounces the ap­point­ment of Valer­iy Fe­doreev as a part­ner of the em­ploy­ment and sports prac­tices.Valer­iy will lead the em­ploy­ment prac­tice of CMS...