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Sports & Event Management

Significant matters of the Sports & Event Management practice include advising:

  • BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) – retained to provide local legal advice in respect of issues arising in connection with the staging of 2014 IPL (Indian Premier League) matches in the UAE;
  • Qatar Olympic Academy – invited to design and present an in-house legal training workshop for the Olympic Academy and a range of guests from the Qatar sporting industry covering sports-related topics including, brand management and IP, sports disputes, player contracts and the legal issues surrounding sponsorship and venue management for major events;
  • The Dubai Tour – retained by RCS Sport and Events JLT to advise on all aspects of the inaugural Dubai Tour (the first race on the Union Cycliste Internationale Asian Tour calendar of 2014) which included providing exclusive legal support to prepare for, organise and execute the event;
  • Sponsorship Advice – provided GCC law advice to a number of international law firms on regional laws and regulations – particularly in relation to alcohol and tobacco sponsorship matters – in respect of several international sporting events;
  • Emirates Racing Authority Appeal – retained to represent champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa as advocates before the Emirates Racing Authority Appeal Panel in respect of Steward’s Inquiry decisions stemming from racing events at Meydan;
  • Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – retained by Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management LLC to provide all legal support and advice in the delivery of the 2013 F1 race event in Abu Dhabi;
  • Yas Marina Circuit in relation to the biggest incentive group, some 15,000 delegates, to visit the UAE and drafted the commercial agreement;
  • Abu Dhabi Racing LLC – retained to advise on a range of legal matters to support a UAE-based rally team participating in WRC events, including driver development agreements, sponsorship contracts and WRC team arrangements;
  • Standard Chartered Bank on the assignment of a facility provided to Manchester City Football Club Limited as part of the acquisition of the Manchester City Football Club by Abu Dhabi United Investment and Development Limited; and
  • the Pro League Committee in connection with regulations related to the Cup CompetitionArab Gulf League CompetitionSuper Cup Competition and the Redeef Competition as well as representing and defending the sporting body at a disciplinary Committee.