The Sports Group leverages Shearman & Sterling's worldwide network of fully integrated offices and practice areas in key financial centers worldwide. Crucial to the group's success is its ability to offer clients an unmatched breadth of experience across regions, industries and legal practices.

The Sports Group represents a variety of clients in matters relating to professional and amateur sports, including franchises, financial institutions, athletes, sports organizations and governing bodies. The group is uniquely qualified in its ability to address M&A, tax, regulatory, compensation, bank and structured finance, litigation, real estate, intellectual property and project development & finance issues within the same team.

Featured Matters

  • Liverpool Football Club: Fenway Sports Group in its acquisition of Liverpool Football Club; in multiple financing transactions relating to the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club; in its sale of a minority interest in Liverpool Football Club to LeBron James; in connection with a marketing agreement with James and his business partner Maverick Carter, and also in the formation of the Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR team—a 50-50 joint venture with Jack Roush.
  • Manchester City Football Club: Abu Dhabi United Group in its acquisition of Manchester City Football Club.
  • Mercedes Grand Prix: Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments in its joint venture with Daimler AG for the acquisition of a majority stake in Brawn GP (now known as Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team).
  • Scuderia Ferrari: Scuderia Ferrari in its dispute with FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) over the proposed Grand Prix regulation modifications.
  • National Hockey League Franchise: Co-owner of an NHL club in multiple arbitrations before the Commissioner of the NHL.
  • MSG CEO, Hank Ratner: Represented Hank Ratner in the negotiation of new employment agreements with Cablevision and Madison Square Garden in connection with Ratner becoming Chief Executive Officer of the MSG spin-off.
  • Boston Red Sox | New England Sports Network (NESN) | New England Sports Ventures: Boston Red Sox in the negotiation of employment agreements and related incentive arrangements with front office and other executives.

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