A Guide To Financing Football Clubs: Part 3 – Future Trends & Expectations
The football industry has seen new financing trends occurring primarily as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unique market conditions and financial pressures that this has placed on clubs and leagues. These include:
- League-level finance and Covid-19 rescue packages
- Potential implications of league restructuring and new, rival leagues on raising finance (for e.g. European Super League)
- Club level changes to player incentives/remuneration and transfer arrangements
This article series explores investment and finance in football. It is split into three parts, which examine in turn: (1) debt finance, (2) equity finance and ownership structures, and (3) financing trends resulting from Covid-19.
Links to the other parts of this series can be found here:
Drawing on analysis and practical examples from the previous articles in this series, this article explores the future trends in financing in football, more specifically:
- League-Level Finance And COVID Rescue Packages
- Implications Of Potential League Restructurings (for example, The European Super League)
- Club-Level Changes To Inventive Structures And Transfer Arrangements
Continue reading this article...
Already a member? Sign in
Get access to all of the expert analysis and commentary at LawInSport including articles, webinars, conference videos and podcast transcripts. Find out more here.
- Tags: Commercial Law | Corporate Law | Covid-19 | European Super League | Football | Regulation & Governance | Sports | Transfers | United Kingdom (UK)
- Manchester City's Financial Fair Play ban: the legal questions and consequences
- 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)
- Football Law 2021 Panel Summary: Legal Considerations When Financing Football Clubs
About the Author
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.