Benoît Pasquier is a Swiss qualified and registered attorney at law in Zurich (Switzerland) and a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitrator. He holds a Master in International Sports Law (LL.M.)

Before founding his law firm in Zurich in May 2020, he served as general counsel and director of Legal Affairs of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for nearly seven years. During his tenure at the AFC, among other duties, he developed extensive and specific skills in commercial sports law (sponsorship, media rights and merchandising agreements), acquired significant experience in disciplinary & ethics proceedings, good governance and sports integrity issues (competition and match manipulation, age cheating and anti-doping). He also provided advice to the AFC Board on high level legal and strategic matters.

Before joining the AFC in 2013, Benoît worked at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) as deputy secretary of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Having worked in many international environments across different continents such as South America (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – Benoît has developed a vast and extensive network and knowledge of the international sports legal and business industry worldwide. Having travelled all around the world for business purposes, Benoît gained a privileged access to sports leaders and key decision-makers.

Benoît also has experience in sports politics since he played a key role in the electoral campaign of AFC President, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, for the FIFA Presidential election in 2016.

In 2017, his achievements were recognized at the Leaders Under 40 Awards in London for the category “Legal & Governance”.

Benoît has been appointed as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) since 2019. His name appears on two Lists of Arbitrators (General and Football).

He is regularly invited as a keynote speaker at international sports law and sports business conferences and for many sports business and sports law university curriculums around the world.

He is fluent in French, English, German and has a good understanding of Spanish and Portuguese.

Membership

Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) – tas-cas.org

Swiss Sports Law Association (ASDS) – https://www.asds.ch

International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) – aija.org

Member of the Editorial Board of Football Legal

https://www.football-legal.com/

Member of REXSPORT – www.rexsport.org