Global Overview

As the globalisation of sport continues to increase, it is crucial that those operating in this sector have advisors with the capability to service both their domestic and international needs. We are committed to working together for the benefit of our clients. These include athletes and sports businesses with global aspirations and cross-border needs and the governing bodies that regulate these sports.

The Multilaw Advantage

Multilaw is a global network of international law firms, with 90 member firms operating across 100 countries globally.  It has been ranked in the ‘Elite’ band of global legal networks by the 2021 Chambers Global Guide (one of only 9 networks internationally to have achieved such recognition) – and this is the seventh year running that Multilaw has achieved this top tier ranking.

Chambers highlights the ‘hands-on support’ that Multilaw provides to its members as well as its established practice area groups.

As a group we have experience in all aspects of sports law whether it is advising on global mobility and the wealth management of athletes, enhancing the commercial value of a business or protecting the integrity of a sport.

What we do

Whether you are an athlete or an agent representing your client, it is important to understand the issues you or your client may face and ensure you have the right advice and support in place.

The life of an international athlete has a unique set of challenges which often require careful strategic planning. An athlete requires help to develop, enhance and protect their career, wealth and reputation.
To support these goals, we provide advice in relation to:

Playing contracts
Commercial and image rights
Tax planning
Disciplinary and doping offences
Privacy and data protection
Reputation management
Resolving disputes
Family affairs

Sports Businesses
A successful sports business needs a global outlook to mirror the international reach of sport. This can often involve complex legal issues across different jurisdictions requiring the expertise and knowledge of a global network.

We support clubs and teams, retailers and manufacturers, event organisers and sponsors with a range of commercial services that will help to develop, enhance and protect their business. To support these goals our advice includes:

Intellectual property
Brand protection
Data protection and privacy
Distribution rights and franchising
Commercial disputes and international sports arbitration
Mobility of staff
Setting up a business
Mergers and acquisitions

Governing Bodies
The role of a governing body is to ensure the competitiveness, fairness and integrity of a sport. Whilst this may be achieved through effective drafting and enforcement of regulations, there are often a range of challenges including financial fairplay, anti-doping and match fixing.

We act for national and international governing bodies to help develop, enhance and protect their sport through effective governance. To support these goals our advice includes:

Financial regulation
Corporate governance
Constitutional issues
International sports arbitration
Anti-doping and disciplinary matters
Gambling and match fixing

Practice Group Contacts

Andrew Haywood
Multilaw Sport Practice Group Chair
Europe, Middle East and Africa

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
London, UK

Jeffrey Wilson
Asia Pacific Chair
Shanghai, China

Andre Nowakowski
Americas Chair
Miller Thomson LLP
Toronto, Canada