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Our Commitment to Diversity

Our sports practice has been servicing the legal needs of individuals and businesses involved in the sports sector for over 20 years.

We have advised on some of the biggest deals and disputes, involving many of the key operators and stakeholders in the sector relating to some of the world’s leading sports events, personalities and properties. We have worked on high profile matters involving every major American sports league, as well as the Premier League, the Olympic Games, WWE, FIFA World Cup, Formula 1, and various eSports properties.

We have a market-leading international team of sport and entertainment lawyers throughout the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. We offer the benefits of a global business law firm, with a network of experience extending throughout the United States and across the world. Leveraging our global platform, our sports law practice is equipped to provide assistance to clients swiftly and on an informed basis from our offices around the world, utilizing not only our legal skills and local market knowledge, but also our extensive networks and lobbying capabilities.

Our team has deep collective experience representing clients in the sports industry, particularly around:

  • Media rights (ownership, protection, exploitation, strategic joint ventures, and traditional and over-the-top methods of distribution)
  • Stadium related real estate finance and tax incentives in connection therewith
  • League expansion
  • Acquisition and disposition matters
  • Strategic value-add partnerships between various stakeholders in the sports sector
  • General corporate and financing matters
  • Government relations
  • Sponsorship, naming rights and endorsement deals
  • Event bidding, staging, hosting, participation arrangements, and venue and stadium hire agreements
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Ticketing and hospitality
  • Merchandising
  • Concessionaire agreements
  • Antitrust law
  • Domestic and international regulation
  • Sports integrity (anti-doping, corruption, and investigations)
  • Sports-related litigation

A well-rounded team, active across a wide range of sporting sectors and offering expertise in matters ranging from advice on constitutional reforms and employment and immigration issues, to appearing for both sporting organisations and players at disciplinary tribunals and appeal boards. Also advises on commercial activities such as the negotiation of franchising deals, and is particularly noted for its adeptness at handling intellectual property and trade mark matters. Clientele includes numerous national and international sporting organisations.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021

The quality of the team's advice receives particular praise from a client who values the fact that it is at once "clear, succinct and bereft of legal jargon" and provided "faster and more concisely" than the client had previously experienced, the overall result being that "we had greater confidence in it."

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021

Advised the creators of Global Rapid Rugby on a comprehensive range of issues underpinning the establishment of this new competition based and focused on Asia-Pacific.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021
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