Working in the field of sports law as of 2004, notably in football transfers and players’ contracts, and litigating before FIFA and CAS – Court of Arbitration for Sport, Hugo Vaz Serra is a registered advocate in the Portuguese Bar Association since 2003 and later in 2015 he became one of the forty arbitrators who compose the Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAD).
In the course of his profession, he is used to deal with all the stakeholders, notably the Portuguese FA an League, UEFA, FIFA, CAS, as well as with many foreign clubs and regulatory bodies. In 2005, he was awarded the degree of Master in Sports Law by Lérida University (Spain), having interrupted his doctorate in Sports Law in 2007. In 2013, he completed an executive programme in leadership and management at AESE Business School (the Portuguese branch of IESE).
Additionally, Hugo works in the field of civil, labour, commercial and companies Portuguese Law, due to his work as a jurist, since 2001, and also as a litigator in the first instance and up to the Supreme Court of Justice in Portugal.
Due to his knowledge in transfers, Hugo Vaz Serra has participated in numerous agreements in connection with several clubs from more than twenty different football associations and four continents. Hence, in 2014 he was invited as a club TMS Manager to participate in a round table held by FIFA TMS during its workshop organized in Zurich, which gathered many clubs and FA representatives. Last year, he shared his experience in TPO with Dutch expertise in sports law.