By Jean Baptiste Guillot, Partner and Virginie molho, Counsel

The National Assembly adopted on Friday March 19 the bill aimed at democratizing sport in France.

We are delighted that this first step has been taken before the passage of this bill in the Senate.

Let us note some important advances:

The incorporation into the law of platform to fight against the manipulation of sports competitions, which aims to bring together the various public and private organizations involved in this international fight.

New measures for fight against pirating of sports broadcasts (illegal streaming) which threatens the economic model of sport. These measures allow rights holders and broadcasters to quickly obtain from the judge a dynamic order valid for twelve months, making it possible to prevent access and to dereference pirate sites and servers. The dynamic nature of the ordinance makes it possible to extend its effectiveness to pirate sites and servers that would be discovered after the issuance of the ordinance with which is associated the High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights on the internet (Hadopi) playing a role of trusted third party.

The possibility for professional leagues (subject to the agreement of the delegated federation) to create for the marketing and management of audiovisual exploitation rights a commercial company subject to the Commercial Code.

THEaddition of the cooperative society of collective interest, to the types of sports companies expressly authorized by law. This provision thus encourages the transition of voluntary professional clubs to the social and solidarity economy.

The issue of sports sponsorship spending by companies and the possible solution of a transitional tax credit for fight against a massive withdrawal of sponsors which will be the subject of a Government report.

We hope that the examination of this bill in the Senate can take place quickly.

Jean Baptiste Guillot

Jean-Baptiste Guillot


Jean-Baptiste Guillot handles mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, commercial law, company law and contract law matters, with a particular focus on international transactions for Canadian, British and French companies.


Virginie molho


Virginie has acquired a solid expertise in sports law allowing her to support players in the sports industry in all types of legal issues in commercial law, company law, association law and social law applied to sport.