On-demand Legal & Governance Services For The Sports Industry


The sports world is increasingly faster paced, more regulated and complex than ever.

We are an on-demand legal services company focused on sports law and good governance that help the sports world cope with these challenges.

Whether you are an athlete or club seeking legal advice or an organisation that has to cover a temporary shortfall in resources, needs support with longer-term projects, or requires specific outside expertise, we get the job done with a can-do mindset and provide fast, flexible, transparent and actionable advice.

The solution is entirely flexible & we look forward to finding what´s best for you.

Implementing the right solutions to your needs with integrity & drive


Modifying new strategies for your organisation


Adapting to the evolving sports business environment


Sports Law

Litigation & Arbitration
Ethics & Integrity

With a long-standing legal experience in the global sports sector, we advise on the following aspects of sports law for both national and international sports organisations, associations, clubs, leagues, athletes, coaches, match agents and intermediaries:

  • litigation and dispute resolution, including contractual, athlete transfer-related disputes (such as solidarity contribution & training compensation) and regulatory disputes;
  • disciplinary proceedings (on-field incidents, transfer-related matters, enforcement procedure, breaches of Statutes and any other set of regulations);
  • ethics & integrity proceedings (in particular concerning preliminary investigations, formal investigations, sanctions, and also in the context of eligibility issues and integrity checks).

Sports Governance


Combining our diverse sport governance experience across several federations from FIFA to FIH and extensive collaborations with several sport Committees, Panels and independent Integrity bodies, we consult both national and international sports organisations on all governance and strategic matters related to good governance in the following areas:

  • all sports governance related matters, such as regulatory framework, Policy-making, Committees, overall strategy;
  • annual general assembly support (legal preparations and on-site).

We bridge the gap by providing the sports world with more flexible on-demand legal and governance solutions that are fast, effective and transparent.

Valérie Horyna

Sports Lawyer / Founder SportsLex

Valérie specialises in advising international sports organisations in all legal and governance matters, ranging from areas of litigation, disciplinary, integrity as well as sports regulatory or any other governance matters your organisation needs support with.

With a vast experience and knowledge of having worked at the biggest international sports governing body, FIFA, for eight years in senior positions across various legal departments, litigating for FIFA in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and having worked as the Deputy Head for Ethics & Governance department in a particular troublesome period for the organisation, she will be able to assist your organisation across several legal and governance matters.

From 2018 on, she managed all legal & governance matters at the International Hockey Federation, FIH, in Lausanne on a part-time basis for 3 years, where she gained the perspective and experience of a smaller sports organisation and its daily challenges. She is also a Tribunal member for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) since November 2019 and sat on the ASOIF Legal Consultative Group.

Valérie has a clear understanding of the sports pyramidal structure and organisation as well as about all the political and economic aspects of the sports industry.

We speak: German, English, French, Spanish & Czech

You can rely on us for high-quality, easily accessible and cost-effective legal and regulatory expertise.


For recurring legal needs, SportsLex offers flat fees on a monthly basis. As a subscribing organisation, you will have predictable monthly expense for your legal challenges from setting a fixed number of hours per month and outsourcing specific legal tasks, to full coverage of your legal needs upon our availability.


For one-off projects and ad-hoc needs, you can hire SportsLex on an hourly basis. We offer competitive rates for our expert services and cover a broad range of sports law & governance topics.


Find the most suitable package for your needs


For inquries & questions


+41 78 880 20 78

Lausanne, Switzerland

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