Matters

Real Estate Investment Advisor – Portfolio Restructuring

Represented a prominent, privately owned real estate investment advisor in restructuring a real estate portfolio consisting of more than 100 properties.

NFL Club – Governance and Employment Matters

Represented a well-known NFL club in issues related to league governance and employment matters.

D.C. United – Acquisition by Levien Soccer

Represented Levien Soccer in connection with its buyout of D.C. United.

D.C. United – Wayne Rooney Transfer Agreement

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Represented Major League Soccer's D.C. United in its permanent transfer agreement with English Premier League superstar Wayne Rooney. Rooney, who was most recently with Everton F.C., scored 208 goals in 16 seasons in the English Premier League — the second most in league history.

Legends Hospitality – Notre Dame

Represented Legends Hospitality in its partnership with Notre Dame and JMI Sports to oversee Notre Dame’s sales, marketing, hospitality, media rights and branding services nationally.

Venture Capital Investment

Representing a premier hospitality management company in a high-tech venture capital investment to enhance the stadium experience.

U.S. Commercial Bank – $50 Million Senior Secured Revolving Line of Credit

Represented a U.S. commercial bank, as a sole lender, in a $50 million senior secured revolving credit facility to owners of an MLB franchise. The proceeds are to be used for working capital purposes.

UFC – Mayweather v. McGregor Bout

Represented Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as lead counsel, in the August 2017 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. v. Conor McGregor bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Legends Hospitality – The Intrepid Marketplace

Represented Legends Hospitality in a joint venture with the Intrepid Air and Space Museum to provide concessions services for a new high-end food market located on the U.S.S. Intrepid.

New York Racing Association – NYRA Bets National Betting Platform

Represented New York Racing Association in a joint venture formed to conduct the NYRA Bets national advance deposit wagering business.

Real Estate Firm – West Side Stadium Project – Naming Rights

Represented a prominent real estate firm, as lead counsel, in structuring and negotiating primary naming rights and secondary cornerstone sponsorship agreements for a proposed mixed-use real estate and stadium development project located on the west side of Manhattan.

Legends Hospitality – Miami SkyRise

Represented Legends Hospitality in a joint venture regarding the Miami SkyRise project consisting of an entertainment and observation tower overlooking Biscayne Bay in Miami. Legends is providing consulting, management and hospitality services with respect to the development and operation of the project and will operate the concession once opened.

New York Yankees – $1.5 Billion Stadium Financing

Represented the New York Yankees in the issuance of $1.5 billion in municipal tax-free and taxable bonds by the New York City Industrial Development Agency, which financed the lease and construction of the new Yankee Stadium. We drafted and negotiated the lease agreement for the new stadium, as well as ancillary real estate agreements pertaining to parking lots and garages; construction, demolition and insurance, and public transportation. We were also integrally involved in navigating the Yankees through the lengthy federal, state and local governmental permit and approval process.

Legends Hospitality – Los Angeles FC Concessions Agreement

Represented Legends Hospitality in a joint venture with Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC to provide concessions services at the team’s new 22,000-seat soccer stadium.

Legends Hospitality – Willis Tower Observation Deck

Represented Legends Hospitality in the provision of design, construction development and management services for the observation deck and other attractions at Willis Tower in Chicago.

Legends Hospitality – Point-of-Sale System Purchase

Represented an affiliate of Legends Hospitality in the purchase of a mobile and Bluetooth-enabled point-of-sale (POS) system for use at stadiums and arenas. The POS system streamlines the purchase process for both the venue and the fans thereby effecting a more seamless experience at a game or concert. 

Cohere Communications – IT Services Management Agreement

Represented Cohere Communications, a cyber security and managed IT services enterprise, in a network management agreement to provide operational services, including the operation of a data and communications network, to certain commercial office buildings located in San Diego via a building telecom and optical infrastructure.

Q4 America – Sports Apparel Startup

Representing Q4 America, a Los Angeles-based start-up performance basketball brand, in intellectual property matters related to the development of a new brand of sneakers, sponsorships, athlete endorsements and capital raises.

Dallas Cowboys Affiliate – New Media Platform

Represented Blue Star Operations Services, an affiliate of the Dallas Cowboys, in building out their new media platform.

Sterling Equities – Syracuse Chiefs Acquisition

Represented Sterling Equities in the purchase of the Syracuse Chiefs, a Triple-A baseball team in Syracuse, New York.

D.C. United – Audi Field Financing and Naming Rights

Represented Major League Soccer’s D.C. United in the construction financing and naming rights transactions for the club’s new state-of-the-art soccer-specific stadium in Southwest D.C., Audi Field.

Legends Hospitality – International Stadia Group Acquisition

Represented Legends Hospitality in the acquisition of International Stadia Group, a London-based sports and entertainment company. The acquisition will extend Legend’s global capabilities and allow for growth opportunities in the EAME regions.

Legends Hospitality – Aon Center

Represented Legends Hospitality in connection with the operation of a rooftop attraction and entertainment center located at the top of the Aon Center in Chicago.

Yankee Global Enterprises – Ownership Transfers

Represented Yankee Global Enterprises, as lead counsel, in connection with various ownership transfers involving the New York Yankees.

Joint Venture for Operation of Stadium Brewery

Represented a professional baseball team affiliate in a proposed joint venture with a leading European craft beer manufacturer for the operation of a brew pub at a major league baseball stadium.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas – $1.9 Billion Las Vegas Stadium Development

Representing the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in negotiating a joint-use agreement with the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders related to the development of the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Stadium.

Stadium Development – Oakland Raiders

Represented New City Development in a proposed plan to develop a new stadium for the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. The $1 billion stadium would be the centerpiece of a proposed $4 billion Coliseum City development.

Legends Hospitality – VenueNext

Represented Legends Hospitality in an investment in VenueNext, a technology company that provides smartphone-based software that gathers fan metrics and analytics at stadiums, arenas and other large scale entertainment venues.

Legends Hospitality – DraftKings Investment

Represented Legends Hospitality in its equity investment in DraftKings, a leading provider of daily fantasy sports contest services.

New York Yankees – BOC SPE Analysis

Analysis of MLB league-wide proposal to provide the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball with greater oversight and involvement in MLB team bankruptcy and other insolvency proceedings.

EMMES Group of Companies – Restructuring

Represented the EMMES Group of Companies in the completion of the spin-off of Emmes Asset Management Company, renamed Vanbarton Group, and the formation of Emmes Realty Advisors from the existing Emmes entity.

Champions League – Formation of Basketball League for Ex-NBA Players

Represented Champions League, Inc., in the formation and organization of a new basketball league featuring former NBA players, including league structuring, antitrust, ownership, securities law and franchise law issues, and the sale of the initial franchises.

Sports Investor – Lexington Legends MiLB Acquisition

Represented a sports investor in the acquisition of the Kansas City Royals' Class A affiliate Lexington Legends, and the team's home stadium, Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Legends Hospitality – Live Nation Strategic Partnership

Represented Legends Hospitality in a major strategic partnership with Live Nation to provide concession services at 34 of Live Nation's music venues in North America. The partnership represents one of the largest venue food and beverage contracts in history.

Yankee Global Enterprises – Refinancing

Represented Yankee Global Enterprises in a refinancing of its senior secured credit facility with a bank syndicate.

Joint Venture/Employment Arrangement

Represented client in a consulting arrangement with Sports Professional Management, Inc., a sports agency business.

Emmes Capital LLC – 180 Water Street

Represented an affiliate of Emmes Capital in a real estate development joint venture involving partial conversion of office space into residential units.

New York City FC – Soccer Stadium Development

Represented an affiliate of New York City Football Club in a memorandum of understanding with the City of New York for the financing, development and construction of a new soccer stadium.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Amalie Arena Naming Rights

Represented the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning in its arena naming rights agreement with Amalie Oil Co.

Legends Hospitality – New Technology Investment

Represented Legends Hospitality in a proposed investment in software that consolidates sports franchise data.

New York Market Radio – General Corporate

General corporate representation of New York Market Radio, a non-profit marketing association supported by the New York area radio stations.

Sterling Equities – Formation of Brooklyn Bolts FXFL Team

Represented Sterling Equities in the joint venture formation of the Brooklyn Bolts, one of four teams in the new Fall Experimental Football League ("FXFL"). The FXFL is a professional football league which serves as a developmental platform for players, coaches and referees.

Sports Investor Group – Buffalo Bills Acquisition Bid

Represented a final round bidder, a consortium of high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors, in the proposed acquisition of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills, and in related stadium issues and compliance matters with the NFL constitution.

Private Equity – Venture Capital Fund

Represented a private equity firm in establishing a semi-independent venture capital fund platform, including the negotiation of the terms of the venture capital fund platform documents and related compensation and governance issues.

New York City FC – Radio Broadcast Agreement

Represented New York City Football Club in a multi-year radio license with CBS Radio to broadcast the team's matches on WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM.

Balfour Investors Inc. – Cleancor Joint Venture

Represented domestic and foreign private equity investors affiliated with Balfour Investors Inc. (“Balfour”) in the formation of Cleancor Energy Solutions LLC (“Cleancor”) joint venture. Cleancor is an energy merchant bank focusing on financing for and investment in clean-fuel start-up or early stage enterprises, technologies, infrastructure, logistics services and projects. Balfour is a merchant bank whose principals have acquired assets across a multitude of industries for more than 35 years.

Chicago Cubs – CBS Radio Broadcast Rights Agreement

Represented the Chicago Cubs in a multi-year radio license with CBS Radio to broadcast Cubs games on WBBM Newsradio 780AM. The radio license is part of a sports and entertainment partnership that also includes several promotional initiatives across all seven of CBS Radio's local Chicago radio stations and digital and social media platforms. Additionally, the partnership will create and produce live music events at or near Wrigley Field.