"Now we await the conclusions of the advocate general on 29 November 2015 and the nth judgment, which will be particularly important in view of the imminent call for tenders, given that the natural expiry date of all the brick-and-mortar licences and a good part of the online licences is 30 June 2016. The judgment will certainly impact the entire public gaming network".
Morris Bentata of Sheridans provides an in-depth analysis of the listed events regime in the UK and argues that fundamental changes are due:
“Even if other broadcasters did not immediately enter the market for listed events, sports rights holders would no doubt welcome a UK market in which at least the threat of greater competition to the public service broadcasters existed.”
The 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment comprises a total of 455 listings across 247 firms and 37 jurisdictions.
We also identify the most highly regarded individuals throughout both the sports and entertainment chapters of this edition.
The past year has been one of highs and lows for the sports and entertainment sectors. They have witnessed the impact of game-changing technological advances which have transformed the landscape of both industries. However, the sport has also seen a year dominated by scandal and allegations of corruption, while the entertainment industry has battled with the need to foster innovation yet adhere to the legal framework. Whether contentious or regulatory work, it is clear that the past 12 months have been extremely active for lawyers across the globe.
Listing 234 entertainment and 204 sports practitioners, across a total of 234 law firms and 36 countries, our latest publication is a significant resource for those seeking out the world’s leading sports and entertainment private practice lawyers.
Both the sports and entertainment industries have changed significantly over the past few years due to relentless innovations in technology and digital media. Sub-specialisation is a resultant trend in the legal marketplace as increasingly sophisticated clients demand a greater and more in-depth array of services from their legal counsel.
For the second edition of this publication we feature 191 sports lawyers and 201 entertainment lawyers across 36 countries altogether. Once again DLA Piper emerges as the dominant firm with leading practitioners from six different jurisdictions. Bird & Bird features as a leading player in Europe, while Greenberg Traurig is particularly strong in the US. Reed Smith follows closely behind, delivering a pre-eminent transatlantic offering. A number of boutiques are also prominent, including the London-based sports firm Couchmans.
We also select the most highly regarded individuals in the world, comprising the top five lawyers in the sports, gaming and entertainment fields, as well as the top five barristers at the UK bar.
With the benefit of over 18 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the sports and entertainment legal markets.
Who’s Who Legal is pleased to present the first edition of The International Who’s Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers, which features the 326 most highly regarded practitioners in the world from 203 firms and 37 different countries. DLA Piper heads the research with 10 of its lawyers selected for inclusion and Reed Smith also performs strongly with seven of its partners featured. Leading London-based sports boutique Couchmans also fields seven lawyers to this edition, followed closely behind by Bird & Bird, Loeb & Loeb and Ziffren Brittenham, which all boast six inclusions.
We also single out the 20 leading lawyers in the world across the areas of sport, gaming/gambling, entertainment and at the UK Bar.
With the benefit of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners around the world, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trend in the sports and entertainment legal markets.
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