Experience

Commercial Contracts for International Football Tournament

Part of the team that advised a major international football association in connection with commercial contracts that were required in order to host a major international football tournament across several different host nations and jurisdictions. The tournament was an overwhelming success.

Negotiation of Agreements for W Series

Supported W Series in the negotiation of various agreements with Formula 1, in addition to providing a wide range of advice to the client for the hosting and promotion of the W Series, including the negotiation of outsourcing and media rights agreements.

Obtained Judgment in Landmark Case for London Marathon

Acted on behalf of London Marathon Events Limited in a landmark case brought against a Russian athlete who earned a marathon title but was later suspended by the Russian Athletic Federation following abnormalities detected in her biological passport.

Advised London & Surrey Cycling Partnership in U.K.’s Largest-Ever Mass Participation Cycling Event

Advised a joint venture in relation to the establishment of the U.K.'s largest-ever mass participation cycling event. Advised on the bidding and tendering process, delivery partner agreement, venue hire agreements and broadcasting media rights deals, and continue to draft and negotiate all sponsorship and supplier agreements.

Commercial Program and Events Counsel for the London Marathon

Advised the London Marathon on all aspects of their commercial program and all related events, including sponsorship and supplier agreements.

COVID-19 Event Cancellation and Postponement for The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, London Marathon, London & Surrey Cycling Partnership, W Series Limited and Others

Advised in all legal matters resulting from the cancellations of a tennis grand slam tournament, mass-participation cycling event and W Series Limited, and postponement of the London Marathon.

IP, Commercial and Contractual Counsel to The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

Provided onsite assistance to a private tennis club in England during a major, prestigious tennis tournament, in relation to brand protection and ticketing. Advise the club year-round on a full range of commercial, contractual and intellectual property matters.

Title Sponsorship for the London Marathon

Represented global marathon event in the drafting and negotiating of a title sponsorship agreement.

Trade Mark Protection for The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

Successfully advised The All England Lawn Tennis Club in registering green and purple as colour trade marks in the United Kingdom, which further protected and enhanced Wimbledon’s historic and iconic intellectual property.

Various Commercial Contracts Including Ticketing Terms for UEFA’s EURO 2020 Tournament

Represented Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA)in relation to sales agency agreements and ticketing terms and conditions for an international football tournament.

Representation in Connection with Professional Athletic League and Related Sports Injuries Class Action

Represented companies offering claims services and non-recourse loans to class members against allegations of impropriety by nationwide class counsel in connection with a professional athletic league and related sports injuries class action.

Filed Trademarks for Retirement Plan Provider in Naming of Major Sports Stadium

Served as IP counsel to a retirement plan provider related to their involvement in purchasing naming rights to a major U.S. sports stadium. Provided counsel on and filed for trademark protection of names and logos following multi-year deal.

Multimillion-Dollar Venture Capital Investment into Gaming Technology Company

Advised an investor on a multimillion-dollar venture capital investment into a mobile sports gaming company.

Federal Civil Rights and Education Discrimination Trial

Served as lead counsel in lawsuit against three school districts and state activities association for failing to provide equal opportunities to female students to participate in high school sports.

$1 Billion-Plus Rights Deal for MLB Team

Assisted client, a Major League Baseball team, in closing a more than $1 billion rights deal with a major cable sports network. The deal ensures more than 150 regular season games will be aired on the network through 2032.

Dismissal of Claims for Wrongful Death of Professional Hockey Player

Secured a dismissal of claims against a national sports association for lack of personal jurisdiction in an action for the wrongful death of a professional hockey player that was upheld on a writ by the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Summary Judgment for Client in Dispute over Acquisition

Represented a sports and entertainment client in a dispute over its acquisition of another company. Plaintiff alleged the acquisition violated an exclusivity provision it had to acquire a subsidiary of the acquired company. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted summary judgment to our client on all of the plaintiff’s claims.

Negotiation of International Merchandise Licenses Opposite Major Names in Sports and Entertainment

Represented licensees and licensors of proprietary intellectual property for use in the manufacture of various products. Negotiated international merchandise licenses opposite major professional sporting leagues, players’ unions, film and television studios, animation studios, gaming companies, athletes and recording artists.

Advised a Multinational Media Company on the U.K. Visa Requirements for a Mixed Martial Arts Sporting Event at Wembley Arena

Assisted both the mixed martial arts fighters and on-air talent entering the U.K. for an event at Wembley Arena. Provided ongoing advice on the best ways to move sportspersons and on screen talent around the U.K./Europe in order to stay complaint with immigration rules when they compete for prize money at large spectator events.

Arbitration Proceedings for a High-Profile Sportsman in Divorce Proceedings

Conducted arbitration proceedings for a high-profile sportsman who wished to avoid the glare of publicity.

Enforcement of Ticket Terms and Conditions on Behalf of Sporting Institutions

Served as a member of the team that advises various sporting institutions on ticketing terms and conditions, and regularly takes enforcement action against individuals engaged in ticket touting activities at sporting events, including undertaking advocacy before High Court Masters. Also involved in bringing successful contempt of court proceedings against individuals in breach of court orders.

Advised on Sporting Organisation Restructuring

Advised the board of a sporting services and tournament organisation in connection with its restructuring.

Obtained High Court Injunctions Related to Major Sporting Event Ticketing Sales

Obtained numerous urgent prohibitory High Court injunctions in relation to the unauthorised sale of tickets to major sporting events including the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Premier League football games and international rugby matches.

Property Transactions for a Globally Recognised Premier Sporting Venue

Advised the client on complex property transactions including negotiations of various rights of access and covenant obligations.

Negotiation of Promotional, Sponsorship Agreements for Co-branded Products

Represented international brands in the consumer products and entertainment industries, as well as not-for-profits, in negotiating promotional and sponsorship agreements for co-branded products at large-scale venues and events around the world. Adverse parties have included international performing artists and some of the world’s largest food and beverage brands.

Representation of NBA Athlete, Business Manager

Represent an NBA athlete and his business manager in a wide range of complex legal and business matters, including advising on various startup-related matters and formation of his charitable foundation; providing counsel on corporate compliance, personal matters and numerous business-related matters; advising on his endorsement, marketing, appearance and signing agreements; and collaborating with others to service his needs in, among other things, intellectual property, estate planning and tax.

Intellectual Property Litigation Dispute for World-Renowned Music Legend

Acted for a world-renowned music star in protecting her intellectual property rights.

Representation of Authors, Publishers in Publishing and Licensing Agreements

Represented up-and-coming authors, including a major U.S. comic book publisher, in the negotiation of publishing and license agreements.

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