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Marco Villiger

MARCO VILLIGER, ATTORNEY AT LAW,

ADMITTED TO THE BAR

 

Tel. +41 43 377 60 60

Mobile +41 78 808 47 68

marco.villiger@mv-sports-consulting.com

 

Marco Villiger is the owner and CEO of MV Sports Consulting. For more than a decade, Marco Villiger has been a senior sports industry leader providing strategic leadership across the areas of legal, governance and commercial.

 

In his former roles as Deputy Secretary General of FIFA and at the same time as General Counsel of FIFA, Marco Villiger has a deep understanding and appreciation for the specification of the global sports landscape both at the international and domestic levels. Over many years, Marco Villiger led FIFA’s Legal, Finance, Commercial and HR Divisions managing and executing the day to day business.

 

Marco Villiger has been prominently involved in the planning and implementation of the various phases of FIFA’s reform process launched since 2011 and was appointed a member of the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee. He also was a Member of the Evaluation Task Force in charge of evaluating the bids for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

Marco Villiger has an established global network of well-recognised industry experts and leaders to compliment services to clients.

 

With his long-time experience as member of the top management of FIFA, Marco Villiger is highly experienced in the sports industry and understands what is needed for the successful planning and implementation of your projects.

 

 

 

 

Professional Career and Education

 

2016 - 2018 Deputy Secretary General** FIFA and Chief Legal & Integrity Officer FIFA

2007 - 2016  Chief Legal & Integrity Officer / Director Legal Affairs Division*     (General Counsel), FIFA

2006   Head of Corporate Legal Department, FIFA

2004   Head of Disciplinary and Governance Department, FIFA

2002   Legal Counsel Players’ Status Department, FIFA

2002   Admitted to the Bar

2000   Master of Law, University of Zurich

 

 

 

 

** Overall responsibility of the four divisions of the administrative branch of FIFA: Commercial Division (in charge of FIFA’s commercial programme, Media Rights and Sponsoring, Digital, Licensing, Ticketing and Hospitality), Finance Division (Controlling, Consolidation, Budgeting, Tax, Strategic Planning and Accounting), HR & Services Division (covering HR, IT, Procurement and other services) and Legal & Integrity Division. Overall accountability to provide expert and strategic legal advice and (direct and indirect) management responsibility of a staff of 400+.

 

* The Legal & Integrity Division of FIFA comprised three sub-divisions: Football Regulatory (responsible for international transfers and international transfer disputes, club licensing, FIFA Transfer Matching System), Operational Legal (sponsorship agreements, licensing agreements, media rights agreements, bidding & hosting procedures, ticketing and hospitality as well as IP and brand protection), and Integrity & Institutional Legal (anti-doping programme, anti-match manipulation programmes, litigation, data protection, FIFA Regulations, corporate law and governance).

 

PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERSHIPS / MANDATES

 

  • Teacher LL.M. international business law at the University of Zurich
  • Member of the Board of the Law and Economics Foundation St.Gallen
  • Member of IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission
  • Member of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce’s legal committee
  • Member of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force

PUBLICATIONS

 

  • International Arbitration in Football, in: Handbuch Fussball-Recht, Stopper/Lentze (Hrsg.)
  • Sportverbände im internationalen Kontext am Beispiel der FIFA, in: Citius, Altius, Fortius, Verlag Helbing Lichtenhahn

 

 

 

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JÖRG VOLLMÜLLER, ATTORNEY AT LAW,

ADMITTED TO THE BAR (GERMANY)

 

 

Jörg Vollmüller is a Senior Associate of MV Sports Consulting. For almost two decades, Jörg Vollmüller has been a senior in-house counsel in the sports industry providing strategic advice across the areas of legal, operations and commercial.

 

 

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