Péter Rippel-Szabó is a senior lawyer in the commercial group of international law practice Bird & Bird in Budapest, particularly focusing on the sports sector. He has substantial experience on all legal and business issues concerning esports and gaming, including building up and operating complex regulatory and tournament structures, exploitation of rights, and commercial agreements. Péter is the leading lawyer of Bird & Bird’s team winning the Wolters Kluwer Legal Award ‘Team of the year 2019 in the category of compliance’ for the advice provided on setting up the regulatory framework for and the institutionalization of esports as a sport in Hungary. As a sports law specialist, he also advises agencies, federations, governmental bodies, clubs, athletes, sports gear manufacturers and agents on the organisation of sporting events, commercial and player contracts, regulatory issues and day-to-day operations. Péter provides advice on all aspects of hosting agreements relating to major international sporting events, including contract negotiations, bidding, hosting, organisation, rights protection programme, broadcasting, sponsorship and Covid-19-related issues across various sports. He also has sound experience in commercial law, advising market-leading companies from the IT, media, retail and real estate sectors on various services, lease and supply agreements, including devising and drafting complex contractual arrangements in regulated sectors.