Why Do Football Clubs Raise Finance And Who Are The Main Investors?
This is a short extract from our article series A Guide To Financing Football Clubs, which looks at financing methods and ownership structures in global football. This extract examines:
- Why finance is necessary; and
- Who are the main investors?
- Personal interest
- Equity investors
Using the examples of:
- Roman Abramovich/Chelsea
- Sheikh Mansour/Manchester City
- Manchester United
- AC Milan
The full three-part article series is available to access here: Part 1: debt finance; Part 2: equity finance and ownership structures; Part 3: financing trends resulting from Covid-19.
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- Tags: Acquisitions | Commercial Law | Corporate Law | Finance | Football | Governance | Liverpool | Manchester City | Manchester United | Private Equity | Regulation
- A guide to Financial Fair Play and the ability of European football clubs to raise finance (Part 1)
- A guide to Financial Fair Play and the ability of European football clubs to raise finance (Part 2)
- A Guide To Financing Football Clubs: Part 1 – Debt Finance
- A Guide To Financing Football Clubs: Part 2 – Equity Finance & Ownership Models
- A Guide To Financing Football Clubs: Part 3 – Future Trends & Expectations
Michael is a Solicitor in the Asset Finance practice at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP. He specializes in advising clients in relation to sports finance including: loan finance, financing of broadcasting and ticket revenues and the player transfer finance.
Stuart is an associate in the Assets & Structured Finance group, based in Dubai. Stuart predominately advises investment banks on complex cross-border asset finance transactions in the aviation sector, and also practises sports finance and general corporate banking.
Since starting with Watson Farley & Williams as a trainee in 2016, Stuart has worked in London, Hamburg and Dubai.