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Oscar Wilde

Marco Del Fabro

Dr. iur. / Attorney at Law - Partner

Year of birth: 1956
admitted to all Swiss Courts since 1987
Languages: German, English

Tel:+41 44 388 90 90
Fax:+41 44 383 87 57
E-mail: delfabro@gj-partner.ch
Address:Zollikerstrasse 141  CH - 8008 Zürich

P.O.Box 1682          CH - 8032 Zürich


Marco Del Fabro is an experienced litigator. He works on a broad range of sports, contract, commercial, corporate, employment and inheritance matters. His practice is also focused on construction law. He was one of the founders of SSIBS “Swiss Arbitration Tribunal for Construction” and is now a member of the management board.


Marco Del Fabro gained in-depth experience in the field of sports law. He advises regularly national and international Federations, clubs, athletes, managers and coaches, investors, sponsors and players’ agents and represents them before all bodies of (international) federations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and ordinary courts. He regularly publishes articles on topics within his main practice area (sports law)  and is co-editor of the journal “Causa Sport”.


University of St. Gallen  lic. iur. 1984

University of St. Gallen  Dr. iur. 1991

Admission to the Bar (Canton of Zurich) 1991


Sports correspondent of the professional newspaper “Sport” and the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” [1978-1993]

Associate of the legal department of a trade association [1984-1986]

Law Clerk / Senior Law Clerk at the District Court of Horgen/Zurich [1988-1990]

Associate in law firms [1992-1994]

Partner with law firms [1995-2015]

Partner with Grendelmeier Jenny & Partner [since 2015]


SAV/FSA Swiss Bar Association

ZAV  Zurich Bar Association

ISLA  International Sport Lawyers Association

Member of the Management Board of SSIBS “Swiss Arbitration Tribunal for Construction”

Co-editor of the journal “Causa Sport”

Possibilities after the FIFA ban of “Third Party Ownerships”
published: Causa Sport 3/2015

Survey of legal challenge according to art. 75 of the Swiss Civil Code
published: Aktuelle Juristische Praxis, AJP 8/2015 p. 1140 ff

Being aware of the limits, Sandro Wieser’s brutal foul should be judged by the law enforcement authorities
published: in the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger of 15 May 2015 p. 9

Sports and a new political risk potential
published: Causa Sport 4/2014 p. 297 f

Difficult legal tasks of Niederhasli
published: in the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger of 30 September 2014

CAS Award in the area of conflict between challengeable and void decisions of associations
published: Journal for Sports and Law, SpuRt 2/2014 p. 49 ff

Goal-Line Technology or Instant Replay (Video Evidence)?
published: www.lawinsport.com of 13 May 2013

Instant Replay (Video Evidence) in football is the only reasonable way
published: Causa Sport 4/2012 p. 279 ff

The Instant Replay (Video Evidence) must be introduced now
published: in the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger of 28 June 2010

The Trainer’s contract
published: in Oliver Arter (Ed.), Sports and Law, Volume 2, Bern 2015 p. 101 ff

The new FIFA Transfer Regulation: selected topics (in collaboration with Urs Scherrer)
published: in Urs Scherrer/Marco Del Fabro (Ed.), Freedom of movement in European Sports, Zurich 2002 p. 141 ff

The new law of jurisdiction and sports law topics
published: Journal for Sports and Law, SpuRt 1/2001 p. 38 ff

Difficult assessment of the value of football corporations
published: in the newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung of 8 December 2000

Option rights – an alternative to longtime contracts?
published: Journal for Sports and Law, SpuRt 6/1996 (part Switzerland)

Get off lightly, legal comment on the Cyprien decision
published: in the newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung 14/15 September 1996

Trainer’s contract: An analysis on the legal classification and its impact on the contractual relationship and the termination of contract
Dissertation Bern 1992