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Our global, cross-practice sports sector team combines a real passion and understanding of the sector and its specific requirements and pressures (including increased regulatory scrutiny) with exceptional multi-jurisdictional expertise across all areas of corporate/M&A, finance and banking, capital markets and equity financing, commercial, technology and media, crisis management, data protection, IP, dispute resolution, regulatory and compliance investigations, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, anti-trust, employment and tax matters. This puts us in a unique position to be able to provide our clients with a full and seamless end-to-end service to help them successfully navigate the most complex and high-profile matters arising in the sector.

Our clients include corporates, financial sponsors and high-net-worth individuals as well as sports teams, clubs and governing and regulatory bodies, who we act as trusted advisors to in relation to a full range of matters, including:

  • M&A and investment opportunities (including investments in clubs/teams and competitions and acquisitions of media and television rights)
  • debt and equity financing and securitisations
  • a variety of commercial matters that affect individuals, teams and bodies within the sector (including sponsorship, branding, image rights, IP, data protection and events planning)
  • dispute resolution and reputation management
  • a wide scope of regulatory and anti-trust matters (including large-scale investigations and governance and compliance reviews)
  • real estate transactions (including stadium development/expansion and financing)

A short selection of our recent experience in the sports sector includes advising:

  • MetLife Investment Management on the £117.5m funding package into the English Football League
  • Man Capital LLP, the UK-based investment arm of the Egyptian Mansour Group, on its investment in and partnership with Right To Dream, the global opportunity-creating ecosystem of football academies, professional football clubs and partnering colleges and universities
  • A national rugby union on the sale of minority stakes in annual rugby union competitions the PRO14 and The Six Nations Championship to CVC Capital Partners Fund VII
  • Dugout on the establishment of a digital football business and a joint venture between Europe’s leading football clubs
  • The underwriters on the €300m rights issue by Juventus Football Club S.p.A.
  • CCPIB and TCV on their acquisition of a majority stake in Sportradar, including advising on shareholder/governance arrangements, regulatory and anti-trust matters and financing aspects of transaction
  • Real Madrid Club de Fútbol on the appeal to the General Court of the European Union against a European Commission decision that forced Spain to recover €18.4m from Real Madrid alleged illegal state aid

Office Locations (if more than one):  

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Amsterdam
  • Antwerp
  • Bangkok
  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Brisbane
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Dusseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Lisbon
  • Luxembourg
  • Jakarta
  • Madrid
  • Melbourne
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Sao Paulo
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Stockholm
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Warsaw
  • Washington DC


  • Street: One Silk Street
  • Postcode: EC2Y 8HQ
  • City: London
  • State: London
  • Country: United Kingdom



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