Head of Arbitration – International Legal Consultant
Experienced attorney in international sports law, Stefano is International Consultant and
Head of Arbitration at Bichara e Motta Advogados, where he is co-responsible for the Sports
and Entertainment Law area.
Master (LL.M) in International Sports Law at ISDE in Madrid, arbitrator at the Centro
Brasileiro de Mediação e Arbitragem (CBMA), Stefano obtained his law degree magna cum
laude in Italy at the prestigious Università degli Studi di Padova.
Stefano acts mainly for international clients, as his practice focuses on dispute resolution
before the bodies of FIFA as well as arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport
(CAS), having particular expertise in doping, agency, transfer and employment-related
disputes. He also advises on a broad range of sports legal issues, such as negotiation and
drafting of contracts related to international transfer of players, players’ agency, economic
rights and image rights.
Besides having provided legal advice in some of the most important football transactions in
recent years, notably including prominent Brazilian football players, Stefano also
represented high-level athletes in sports such as tennis, fencing and race-walking, having
acted during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games before the CAS Ad Hoc Division.
Experienced in dealing with the relevant procedures and regulations of CONMEBOL, UEFA
and the AFC (including licensing and disciplinary regulations), Stefano also contributed to the
drafting of regulations of different nature for national Football Associations as well as
national state laws.
Visiting professor at the “Master in Diritto ed Organizzazione Aziendale dello Sport – Sports
Law and Policy Centre ” (Roma), the “Executive Programme in International Sports Law and
Justice” (Ravello), the “Football Business Academy – FBA” (Geneva) and the ISDE “Master
F.C. Barcelona in Sports Management and Legal Skills” (Barcelona), Stefano also published
legal articles in several countries and languages around the world.
Stefano is proudly a pro bono member of the Advisory Board for “Karanba”, a social sport
project that since 2006 offers to children and youngsters, mainly coming from
disadvantaged areas of the Rio de Janeiro region, the chance to achieve their dreams and
goals in life through sports and education.