Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards 2022

What do you see on the horizon for corporate and sports law in 2023 and beyond? PETER: The world economy is entering choppy waters, but there should be a lot of opportunities for those with available funds, both companies and investors. Due to the current political landscape in the UK and the US, I do not anticipate much significant development on the regulatory front affecting our clients. Instead, the focus will be on business fundamentals (supply, demand and pricing). ZANE: From a competition law perspective, it will be fascinating to discover the outcome of the legal arguments concerning the controversial European Super League, which will have wider implications in relation to the European Sports Model and sports governance more generally. In December 2022, the non-binding opinion of the Advocate General of the CJEU found in favour of UEFA and FIFA and we wait to see whether the CJEU’s final judgment aligns with the opinion. The court case is due in early 2023. Can you tell us more about Armstrong Teasdale’s plans for development in the coming year? PETER: The firm has grown significantly in the past few years, which will continue – both in expanding our geographic reach and sector expertise. While increasing the bottom line during a time of growth is tricky, we are fortunate that our firm has done this very well so far. ZANE: It will be a balance between consolidation and strategic growth, building on the firm’s existing strengths. Do you have any personal advice for less experienced legal professionals looking to emulate your success in your respective sectors of law? PETER: Make time for personal interests, friends and family. Although law firm practice may seem all-consuming at times, it does not have to be. You do need to make an effort, though, to maintain a life outside the office, and you will not regret it. ZANE: I would advise that aspiring lawyers looking for an inroad into sports law should focus on work experience that will be beneficial to the sports sector (such as commercial, regulatory, litigation, etc.). Media firms have a lot of crossover with sports firms so that is also an option. I would also suggest that they contribute to online blogs and draft articles which are sports law-centric whilst using social media to discuss the latest issues. Consider becoming a student member of the various sports law organisations and attend some of their meetings (most of the top sports lawyers attend these events). Lastly, you may like to consider a Masters, Diploma or PGC in Sports Law. All the above is time consuming (and may come with some expense), but they all illustrate to prospective employers a certain level of commitment. CORPORATE • Antitrust and Trade Practices • Commercial Contracts • Debt Finance • Emerging Companies • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation • Environmental • Financial Services and Banking • Governance and Compliance • Health Care and Life Sciences • International • Mergers and Acquisitions • Mining and Minerals • Oil and Gas • Private Equity and Venture Capital • Securities and Corporate Finance • Tax • Technology • Technology Transactions • Trusts and Estates SPORT • Agent-Related Issues • Ambush Marketing • Anti-counterfeiting • Anti-doping • Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and E-sports • Business Entity Formation • Commercial Advice • Competition Compliance • Endorsement Deals and Cause Marketing • Event Establishment, Structuring and Funding • Franchising and Distribution • Media • Naming Rights for Stadiums and Sports Entertainment Facilities • Ownership Rights • Product Claims and Packaging/Labelling • Regulatory Compliance and Interpretation • Sponsorship Agreements • Sports Governance • Talent Representation and Management • Ticketing • Websites and E-Commerce Areas of Expertise 16 UNITED KINGDOM Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2022

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