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Caleb E. Ginsberg

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Caleb Ginsberg is a member of the corporate/M&A practice group, focusing on sports, media and emerging growth sectors. Mr. Ginsberg has worked on matters for clients ranging from individual investors in various sports properties, to Olympic sponsors, leagues and NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL and MLS teams. These transactions include acquisitions, formation/organizational documentation, licensing arrangements, worldwide distribution, commercial/vendor agreements, sponsorship and naming rights agreements, athlete/celebrity endorsement deals, media rights agreements and stadium/arena construction. Mr. Ginsberg advises clients positioned on the league, team and sponsor/brand side of deals.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Ginsberg worked for the NFL Players Association and served as a bullpen catcher for the New York Yankees.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ginsberg served as an associate at a global law firm where he was engaged in various transactional work on behalf of clients within the sports, media, and entertainment sectors.

General Corporate and Financing Matters
  • Represented Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club in connection with the private financing of its new, 22,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium in South Los Angeles.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in connection with a $250 million term loan (with a $25 million increase option) related to development and construction of a new arena for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Represented the Chicago Cubs MLB franchise on various corporate and finance matters, including with respect to the renovation of Wrigley Field.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in connection with a $35 million senior secured loan to the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise, the proceeds of which were used to acquire parcels of land for a new arena project, and a related mixed use development, practice facility and team offices.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in connection with a $265 million private bank financing for the $477 million construction of the Sacramento Kings’ new NBA arena.
  • Represented AS Roma soccer club (Serie A) and Raptor Sports Group in connection with its stadium financing and development project in Rome, Italy.
  • Represented the purchasers of $205 million in notes issued by Sacramento Downtown Arena LLC in connection with a new arena for the Sacramento Kings. Goldman Sachs acted as placement agent.
  • Represented the New York Jets NFL franchise in connection with the restructuring of $147 million of stadium-related debt. The transaction involved the creation of a new special purpose financing vehicle to issue the notes, a corporate restructuring of the Jets and an amendment to the Jets’ outstanding league-wide credit facility.
Acquisition and Disposition Matters
  • Represented Tilman J. Fertitta in his acquisition of the Houston Rockets NBA franchise, including the operating rights to the Toyota Center Arena, for a record purchase price of $2.2 billion.
  • Represented three existing minority investors in connection with their acquisition of controlling interest in Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club.
  • Represented the owners of the Atlanta Hawks on the sale of the NBA franchise to an ownership group led by Tony Ressler, co-founder of Ares Management.
  • Represented Atlanta Spirit Group in the sale of a minority interest in the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise.
  • Represented a publicly traded Canadian company in its acquisition of a controlling interest in a digital skill-based gaming terminal operator based in Georgia, and the acquisition financing with respect thereto.
Media, Sponsorship and other Miscellaneous Matters
  • Represented a global sports network in its development of an over-the-top offering.
  • Represented a TOP Olympic sponsor in its negotiations with the International Olympic Committee.
  • Represented Al Jazeera Media Network in connection with various content distribution matters.
  • Represented the San Diego Chargers NFL franchise in connection with their relocation to Los Angeles.
  • Represented a minority owner of a WNBA basketball franchise in his effort to prevent relocation of the franchise to another city.
  • Represented the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the development of a comprehensive digital platform for The World Trade Center.