We are excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series, “Leveling the playing field with Michael Rueda.” The series, hosted by Withers US Sports and Entertainment practice head Michael Rueda, features one-on-one discussions with experienced advisors of athletes, artists, and entertainers, to explore general recommendations, best practices, and issues faced when supporting the successful professional careers and personal lives of talented individuals.
“Leveling the playing field with Michael Rueda” will cover a diverse range of topics, including:
Intellectual property rights and protecting your brand
Tax, wealth, and estate planning
Philanthropy and charitable giving
Service on public company boards and joining SPAC sponsors
Episode 1 | Protecting your brand
What do sports and entertainment professionals need to know before entering into a contract or licensing agreement? In our first episode, “Protecting your brand,” Michael talks to Withers intellectual property partner Deborah Greaves to discuss intellectual property, trademark, and licensing issues that should be taken into consideration before entering into a contract or agreement.
Episode 2 | Understanding the intricacies of public companies, boards, and SPACs
With a surge in former athletes getting involved with public companies and SPACs recently, what are the key considerations to be aware of before getting involved? In our second episode, “Understanding the intricacies of public companies, boards, and SPACs,” Michael Rueda sits down with Ridge Barker, a partner in our corporate team, to discuss fiduciary obligations, trading restrictions, and other items to consider before becoming a SPAC sponsor or board member.
Episode 3 | The importance of tax and estate planning for athletes and entertainers
What are essential basic tax and estate planning needs for athletes and entertainers? What may trigger additional or more comprehensive estate planning needs? In our third episode, “The importance of tax and estate planning for athletes and entertainers,” Michael and Withers private client and tax partner David Lehn, tackle the tricky topic of tax and estate planning for athletes and celebrities.
How to listen and subscribe
These podcasts can be found on podcast platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, as well as on our landing page. We invite you to check back regularly for new podcasts in the series as we keep you informed on hot topics in the sports and entertainment industry.