Latham & Watkins LLP

Sports Law Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Well-regarded sports law group that acts for a stellar client base in a variety of contentious and noncontentious matters. Has aptitude in a broad array of issues relating to the broadcasting and media space, including the acquisition of sports distribution rights. Offers notable expertise in new media and digital distribution within the sports sector. Has an impressive reputation for the diversity of its client base, including sports technology companies, major international bodies such as the IOC, and leagues and teams.

Strengths One client enthuses: "They're very experienced in sports law. We can come to them with left field questions and ask how they have solved novel problems and they always have an answer. They add huge value due to their depth of experience."The same source adds: "They're very practical and business-minded, which is super helpful."

"Latham has been excellent on all fronts," affirms another client.

Work highlights Advised Sinclair Broadcasting on its acquisition of 21 former Fox regional sports networks from The Walt Disney Company.

Notable practitioners

Frank Saviano
is well equipped to advise on a broad range of transactional matters for sports clients. He is sought out by major associations and teams to advise on joint ventures, arena development and M&A. Sources describe him as "very smart," "incredibly capable" and "very client-savvy."

Joseph Calabrese
is recognized by interviewees as "a highly regarded practitioner" who maintains "a strong reputation" in the sports space. His practice is international in scope, and he demonstrates considerable strength in a wide range of corporate transactions.