09 February 2022 - In The Press
Advised luxury goods online retailer in connection with loan facility.
Serves as outside counsel to venture capital fund in connection with fund formations, portfolio company investments, establishing ancillary businesses.
Advises multiple international wine brands on U.S. corporate and commercial activity.
Advised former athlete and television personality in connection with establishing 501©(3) charitable organization.
Represented investment fund in its private equity investment in restaurant operator and franchisor.
Advised Italian soccer player Andrea Pirlo and his agent in connection with his transfer from Juventus FC to Major League Soccer, negotiating on the player’s contract and image rights.
Securities counsel to special purpose acquisition company in connection with its initial public offering of $64 million of units.
Corporate and securities counsel to a graphite electrode manufacturing company in connection with its holding company reorganization and $700 million ‘double-dummy’ acquisition.
Corporate and securities counsel to a NYSE listed automotive replacement parts manufacturer and distributor, in its exchange offer for up to $20,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its outstanding convertible subordinated debentures.
Represented investment manager and investment fund in establishing private investment partnership in the US and in compliance with the Investment Advisers Act and exemptions from registration under the Investment Company Act.
Serves as counsel to outdoor footwear brand and manufacturer.
Advised Jürgen Klopp in his negotiations with Liverpool Football Club and its owners Fenway Sports Group over Mr Klopp’s appointment as manager of the club.
Represented a special-purpose acquisition company in the industrial sector in a $150 million initial public offering and financing related to its acquisition.
Represented private entity and its stockholders in the closing of the sale of a controlling interest to private equity fund.
State of Connecticut, 2006
State of New York, 2007
_’_Nike is the latest company to file suit over NFTs as brands get serious about the marketplace,’ Fortune - February 7, 2022, quoted
‘Paige Bueckers, a College Athlete Who’s Cashing In,’ Bloomberg News - December 1, 2021, quoted
‘5 Big Questions as NCAA, States Open NIL Floodgates,’ Law360 - July 2, 2021, quoted
_’_NCAA’s Move on Athlete Image Rights Raises Enforcement Questions,’ Bloomberg Law - July 2, 2021, quoted
‘Now That It’s Time for NIL To Go, How Much Money Will Flow?’ The Associated Press - June 30, 2021, quoted
‘NCAA’s NIL Decision Changes the Game for Student-Athletes,’ Reuters - June 30, 2021, quoted
‘Brands Prepare to Woo College Athletes After NCAA Loosens Rules,’ Bloomberg News - June 30, 2021, quoted
‘Supreme Court’s NCAA Ruling Puts Athletes on Legal Path To Getting Paid,’ The Washington Times - June 21, 2021, quoted
‘Can elite club owners transform European soccer?,’ Forbes - April 20, 2021, author
‘Business Leaders Unite To Oppose Voting Restrictions,’ Forbes - April 16, 2021, author
‘NCAA plays defense in U.S. Supreme Court athlete compensation case,’ Reuters - April 1, 2021, quoted
‘Two Soccer Clubs Fight It Out in Trademark Dispute,’ Sports Litigation Alert - March 26, 2021, co-author
‘Why college athletes must prepare for the name, image and likeness era,’ Forbes - February 11, 2021, author
‘Supreme Court To Hear Dispute Over NCAA’s Athlete Compensation Rules,’ The Hill - December 16, 2020, quoted
‘How Marcus Rashford’s Free Meal Campaign Highlights The Evolving Landscape Of Athlete Philanthropy,’ Forbes - November 3, 2020, author
‘Why sports focused SPACs are more than a current trend,’ Forbes - October 23, 2020, author
‘Why Senator Loeffler’s Comments On WNBA’s Black Lives Matter Support Fall Flat,’ Forbes - July 24, 2020, author
‘NCAA Amateurism Under Fire As 9th Circ. Opens Door To Pay,’ Law360 - May 22, 2020, quoted
‘NCAA Suffers Another Blow To Current Amateurism Model’ Forbes - May 21, 2020, author
‘Leading to, and Leaning into, the New Normal,’ CEO World - April 14, 2020, co-author
‘Will College Soccer Move Into The 21st Century,’ Forbes - March 25, 2020, author
‘Why Kobe Bryant’s Second Act Was On A Trajectory To Become As Successful And Impactful As His Basketball Career,’ Forbes - February 15, 2020, author
‘Global Sports Stars, Entertainers, And Citizens Rally In Support of Wildfire Relief And Demand Action On Climate Change,’ Forbes - January 14, 2020, author
‘Why The NCAA Should Act Swiftly And Meaningfully On Allowing College Athletes To Profit On Their Name, Image, and Likeness,’ Forbes - December 17, 2020, author
‘How Gaming Star and Influencer Andrew "Nasher" Telfer is Growing the Sport of Hockey,’ Forbes - October 30, 2019, author
‘Why Coach Alberto Salazar’s Suspension Doesn’t Mean the end of Nike’s Elite Oregon Project,’ Forbes - October 8, 2019, author
‘California becomes first state to allow college athletes to be compensated,’ U.S. News & World Report - September 30, 2019, quoted
‘Athlete-Pay Bills Force NCAA To Rethink Amateurism Stance,’ Law360 - September 24th, 2019, Quoted
‘A Failure to Lead,’ Forbes - August 10, 2019, author
‘Yael Averbuch West Is Paying It Forward,’ Forbes - August 1, 2020, author
‘U.S. Women Chase World Cup Title While Changing The World Around Them,’ Forbes - June 12, 2019, author
‘NASCAR Driver Parker Kligerman Comes Full Circle With Esports Team Ownership,’ Forbes - May 24, 2019, author
‘NCAA Keeps Ball In Its Court With Review of Publicity Rules,’ Law360 - May 20, 2020, quoted
‘Crashing the Board,’ Forbes - April 18, 2019, author
‘How NBC Sports Analyst Kyle Martino is Shaking Up the American Soccer Culture,’ Forbes - March 22, 2019, author
‘How a Brand Built Around Lacrosse Launched an Athlete Entrepreneur,’ Forbes - February 27, 2019, author
‘Sports Cases To Watch In 2019,’ Law360, January 2019, author
‘NCAA corruption convictions may put schools in hot seat,’ Law360 - November 2, 2018, quoted
‘How did we get here? All the background you need on the saga surrounding Kevin Ollie’s UConn contract,’ Hartford Courant - September 29, 2018, quoted
‘What are the obligations on footballers to conduct media activities? A comparison of the rules in UK, USA, Spain and Belgium,’ __ LawInSport - September 28, 2018, co-author __
‘Athlete activism is changing partnerships with brands,’ - September 26, 2018, co-author
‘NCAA reforms fail to fix basketball’s corruption problem,’ Law360 - August 17, 2018, quoted
‘What’s next for Kevin Ollie and UConn? We asked lawyers to weigh in,’ Hartford Courant - August 8, 2018, quoted
‘Planning to win: How athletes can protect their future finances,’ World Sports Advocate - July 2018, co-author
‘With states free to legalize sports betting, do the pro leagues deserve a cut?’ The Washington Post - May 17, 2018, quoted
‘Olympics bring trademark considerations for athletes,’ Law360 - February 5, 2018, author
‘SEC halts alleged initial coin offering scam endorsed by Evander Holyfield,’ Withers article - January 31, 2018, co-author
‘NFPLA announces continuing education requirements,’ Withers article - January 30, 2018, co-author
‘Cleveland Indians taking Chief Wahoo logo off uniforms but maintaining trademark,’ Withers article - January 29, 2018, co-author
‘NBA seeking 1 percent of every bet made on games if gambling legalized,’ Withers article - January 26, 2018, co-author
‘Minnesota Vikings quickly move to trademark phrases ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ and ‘Minnesota Miracle’,’ Withers article - January 24, 2018, author
’4 ways tax reform may affect the sports world,’ Law360 - January 2, 2017, co-author
‘Sports legislation and regulation to watch in 2018,’ Law360 - January 1, 2017, quoted
‘Newest peer pressure in American soccer: Going pro at 16,’ Sports Business Journal - December 8, 2017
‘Getting in on the ground floor,’ Private Asset Management - March 2017, co-author
‘Lessons learned from a highly successful proxy contest defense’, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation - December 18, 2015, co-author
‘Day two of player contracts’, World Sports Law Report - November 5, 2015, quoted
‘Moving in the right direction: 2015 MLS collective bargaining agreement’, Global Sports Law and Taxation Reports - September 2015, co-author
‘High court hears NCAA appeal on student compensation’, Reuters - April 1, 2021, speaker
‘Explore Strategies to Help Build Your Brand’, Merrill Financial Advisors, New York - December 2019, speaker
St. John’s University School of Law, LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice, New York - November 2015, guest lecturer
‘Practical Consideration When Bringing Players to Major League Soccer’, 2015 World Sports Law Report’s Sport Contracts conference, London - November 2015
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Me in a minute
I love being able to combine my passion for sport with the law
Although I spent most of my early career serving as outside corporate counsel to both private and public companies, I now spend a significant part of my time also advising athletes and their agents, sports teams, and owners of sports properties or businesses. As a former competitive athlete, I love being able to combine my passion for sport with the law. Using my corporate experience to expand the firm’s US sports practice and service our sports clients is extremely rewarding as it has allowed me to service these sports clients in a number of capacities.