Michael A. Rueda

Partner | Head of US Sports and Entertainment | New York

Secretary Shauna Spinelli


Michael is a corporate partner and head of US sports and entertainment.

Michael's diverse corporate practice focuses on representing companies, venture and other funds, and investors of varying sizes and across industries. He regularly advises on debt and equity financing transactions, investments, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, commercial matters, and corporate governance matters.

Michael's sports and entertainment practice focuses on advising athletes, entertainers, influencers, and artists on matters such as brand management arrangements, including licensing, endorsement, sponsorship, and brand ambassador agreements; professional employment or service arrangements, including general employment, coaching and playing contracts; and personal business and investment activities, including U.S. direct and fund investments, joint ventures, structuring and forming new business entities and ventures, and acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and assets.

Michael also represents a variety of companies in the sports and entertainment industries, including sports event companies, sports and entertainment agencies and management companies, and athletic apparel and equipment brands on a variety of corporate and commercial activities.  Michael also advises international restaurant groups, luxury car manufacturers, wine, and luxury goods brands on a range of corporate and commercial activities.

Michael is also a regular contributor to Forbes.

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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.