Our lawyers have long-standing experience in the global sports sector and have advised clients on sports-related transactions throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa, covering soccer, rugby, Formula 1, NFL, cricket, ice hockey, tennis and horse racing. We advise on all aspects of sports law, and are particularly strong in the areas of acquisition and disposal of sports franchises, negotiation of sponsorship deals stadium financings and investigations.
Sports teams and franchises are increasingly viewed as tradeable global infrastructure assets which are bought and sold regularly. We have advised clients on the acquisition and disposal of professional clubs and teams at the highest levels in sports such as soccer (including the English Premier League), NFL and Formula 1. We have an established track record in advising Chinese investors on cross-border investments in the sports sector, and see Asia as a key region for growth for sport, not only in China, but also in Japan, Malaysia and India.
In the area of stadium financing, our work on the Singapore SportsHub stadium is a prime example of landmark projects on which we advise. This project won Infrastructure Journal’s deal of the year, and our team worked on it from inception in 2007 to the S$1.5bn refinancing in 2015. In the US, we advised on the development of Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets baseball team, and also advised on its refinancing. Similarly, in the UK we have advised the owners of the Silverstone motor racing circuit on redevelopment and investment over a period of years.
Investigations are increasingly a feature of international sport; we regularly advise on regulatory investigations in world sport, representing both management and regulatory bodies.
Our work on behalf of sport organizations encompasses the full range of business law services, including corporate transactions, consultation on commercial and contractual matters, advising on intellectual property matters (including management of global trademark portfolios), advising on real estate, finance, employment and labor, and dispute resolution, among other areas of the law.
Our areas of work include
- Antitrust and competition
- Bankruptcy, financial restructuring and insolvency
- Commercial contracts
- Construction and engineering
- Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Employment and labor
- Employee benefits and executive compensation
- Intellectual property, including trademarks and brands
- International tax structuring
- Real estate, including planning, environmental law and health and safety
- Regulation and investigations
- Stadium financing