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Yves Wehrli

Managing Partner, Paris and Regional Managing Partner, Continental Europe

Clifford Chance, Paris
Practice area Telecommunications, media & technology, M&A corporate
Sector Sports, Telecommunications, media & technology
Tel +33144055405

Yves Wehrli

Managing Partner, Paris and Regional Managing Partner, Continental Europe

Yves Wehrli's practice includes general corporate and commercial matters; mergers and acquisitions, sports & media.

Yves also specialises in media and sports law.

He is the author of a number of published articles and conference papers on various subjects relating to corporate law, computer law, telecommunications law and sports law.

Relevant experience

  • Advising the French Professional Football League (LFP) on the sale of the French League 1 football championship TV rights (by request for proposal) for the seasons 1999-2001, 2002-2004, 2005-2007, 2008-2012 and 2013-2016 and on sponsorship agreements
  • Advising the French Football Federation (FFF) on its dispute with Sportfive relating to marketing rights
  • Advising the French Football Federation (FFF) on its bid for the organisation of the UEFA Euro 2016 in France and subsequently the Euro 2016 Organising Committee
     Acting for UEFA on litigation matters regarding the exclusion of a Swiss club from UEFA competitions
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Career and qualifications

  • University Paris XI (Master's degree in Business Law) 1979
  • University Paris V (DESS in Business and Tax Law) 1980
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1980
  • Seconded to Airbus in 1985
  • Partner since 1988
  • Seconded to Clifford Chance New York 1990-1992
  • Managing Partner of the Paris office since 2000
  • Regional Managing Partner Continental Europe since 2014
  • Speaks English and French

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Worldwide Management Committee
  • Member of the Paris Bar
  • Member of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body
  • Association "Le Cercle"

Awards and citations

  • "Clifford Chance has ‘good knowledge of the different parties involved in the sporting area’. The firm has a prominent practice in football, where it regularly handles the most sensitive matters. It defended Michel Platini in the FIFA-gate case and acted for the Ligue de Football Professionnel regarding governance issues and the commercialisation of the Coupe de la Ligue game broadcast rights. The firm also advises sport federations and event organisers. Paris Eiffel Jumping, the Ligue Nationale de Basketball and the Fédération Française de Tennis are clients. Yves Wehrli and Thibaud d’Alès are the key contacts."
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Section Media and Entertainment: Sports, 2017
  • Yves Wehrli remains one of the most respected sport practitioners on the French market. Interviewees say that "he is extremely charismatic" and "knows how to make an impression in negotiations." "He is completely reliable and has great strategic thinking. He is an excellent negotiator and truly a strategist," a source also reports. He recently co-led the firm's representation of the Ligue de Football Professionnel in a dispute between two unions representing professional football clubs.
    Chambers Europe, France, Section Sport, 2017
  • Managing partner Yves Wehrli's tremendous experience and outstanding reputation in the sports industry makes him a leader in this practice area. Clients say: "He is the most strategic lawyer on the market. Whenever we have anything very sensitive we entrust it to him."
    Chambers Europe, France, Section Sport, 2016
  • "Clifford Chance advises sports federations, professional leagues and clubs and championship organisers on highly sensitive and strategic regulatory and contentious matters, especially in the football industry. It represented the Ligue de Football Professionnel in proceedings brought by seven football clubs regarding AS Monaco FC’s participation in French competitions. The Ligue Nationale de Basketball is also a client. Key figures in the practice include Yves Wehrli, who is especially recommended for managing strategic cases, Emmanuel Durand and recently promoted partner Thibaud d’Alès".
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Section Media and Entertainment: Sports, 2016
  • "Clifford Chance’s ‘high-level lawyers’ are ‘very expert, responsive and easy to work with’; the 40-lawyer team provides an ‘outstanding service’. It is especially recommended for handling ‘complex M&A transactions in France and abroad’ and has particular expertise in the defence, healthcare, banking and energy areas. Recent work includes handling many strategic public and private M&A transactions, such as advising Airbus on its joint venture with Safran and assisting Jacobs Douwe Egberts with the sale of Carte Noire. Clients include Société Générale, Rexel and Numericable. Mathieu Remy ‘combines perfect technical legal skills and business acumen with added value advice on complex situations’. Fabrice Cohen, Gilles Lebreton, Thierry Schoen and Laurent Schoenstein are also particularly recommended, and Catherine Astor-Veyres, Aline Cardin, Dessislava Savova and Yves Wehrli are other key figures".
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Section Mergers & Acquisitions, 2016
  • "Paris office managing partner Yves Wehrli is recognised for his significant expertise in the field of sports law, regularly assisting clients with media-related matters."
    Chambers Europe, Section TMT: Media, 2014
  • "Clifford Chance advises on the most high-profile matters in the sports industry, particularly in football, where the firm is advising on the organisation of the 2016 UEFA Championship. The French Football Federation is also a client. Yves Wehrli and Emmanuel Durand jointly head the practice."
    Legal 500, Section Media and entertainment: Full-service firms, 2014

  • Yves Wehrli is the Paris office's managing partner. He focuses mainly on sport-related media law and recently co-advised UEFA on the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship.
    Chambers Europe, Section TMT, 2013

  • Yves Wehrli is regarded as "one of the top sports lawyers in France" and has an "unmatched knowledge of the sector." He sits as a legal adviser on the UEFA Financial Fair Play panel.
    Chambers Global, Section TMT, 2012

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