09 October 2015

Withers advises Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool FC manager appointment


Luca Ferrari
Partner | IT

International law firm Withers has represented 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, replacing Brendan Rodgers. Mr. Klopp's new role was announced yesterday.

'This has been a swift and high stakes negotiation, which has been heavily trailed by the media throughout the process. Jürgen has a proven track record of success and will bring strong, strategic leadership to the club. This appointment has drawn on the strengths of our international sports team, including lawyers in the US and UK, and crucial IP advice on Jürgen's image rights,' says Withers' Head of Sports Luca Ferrari, who led the negotiation process.

Jürgen Klopp has managed Borussia Dortmund from 2008 to the present, and previously managed Mainz 05 for seven years, having played for the club for 12 years. Mr. Klopp was named 'German Football Manager of the Year' in 2011 and 2012.

Luca led the Withers team, working alongside intellectual property partner Kenny Mullen, tax partners Ceri Vokes and Filippo Noseda and associate Phineas Hirsch, employment partner Daniel Isaac and associate Libby Payne and US commercial associate Michael Rueda. Withers' Sports Law team has been involved in a number of high profile matters recently, including Renault Group's ongoing negotiations to acquire Lotus F1 Team; Andrea Pirlo's transfer to New York City FC; Matteo Darmian's transfer to Manchester United; and a range of matters for world tennis number one male player Novak Djokovic.