Keeping Possession

Ownership trends in English Premier League football

Global Publication May 2020

The English Premier League (EPL) is fast approaching the end of its third decade, having begun in 1992. 12 of the original 22 EPL teams from 1992 are still in the EPL. They have all changed hands at least once since then, and will continue to change hands throughout the 2020s. This report explores the change from British to foreign ownership, as well as analysing the different types of owners we now see in the EPL. We analyse the ownership trends that we have identified, we examine why owners have invested in the EPL as opposed to other European leagues and we suggest how these trends can be used to predict what the next decade might bring for EPL clubs.



Stephen Rigby is a corporate M&A partner specializing in the infrastructure sector, and is head of the Norton Rose Fulbright sports practice. He has significant experience in soccer, in particular M&A and regulatory issues, and has worked on a number of high profile matters in recent years, including deals in the English Premier League.
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Alex Wills is a corporate lawyer based in London and he has been involved in a wide variety of general corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, general corporate matters and joint ventures across a number of jurisdictions. Alex is also part of our sports law practice in the UK and has particular experience in the UK football sector.

Tom Maturi is a corporate lawyer based in London.  Tom has been involved in a wide variety of corporate transactions across a number of jurisdictions, including: public and private company M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, equity capital markets work and general corporate matters.  He is also part of our global sports law practice.

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