Updates

Onside Law tees up for the Ryder Cup   

Onside Law is playing an important part in the Ryder Cup that takes place this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.  Partner Oliver Hunt has travelled with the team as Ryder Cup Europe’s legal representative. Oliver will be on hand to deal with any legal issues that affect the team and handle Ryder Cup Europe’s commercial programme.  Oliver said: “It is a great privilege to be part of the Ryder Cup Europe team”.  The assignment has come off the back of Onside Law advising Ryder Cup Europe last year on its bidding process for the 2022 Ryder Cup Match and its Host Nation contract with the winners, Italy.   Oliver has also been spending three days a week at the European Tour’s offices in Wentworth supporting the new General Counsel, Susan Gordon.    

Onside Law advises The Join In Trust

Onside Law has advised The Join In Trust on its collaboration with ITV on the “I Am Team GB” initiative, which took place shortly before the Paralympic Games kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The event, in which thousands of sports clubs opened their doors for the UK’s “largest ever sports day”, saw ITV switch off all seven of its channels for the first time in its history to encourage viewers to get outside and get active. Onside Law’s Jamie Singer (Partner) and Leon Farr (Associate) advised Join In – an Olympic and Paralympic legacy charity focused on volunteering in sport – on all aspects of its role providing major organisational support to the initiative, which was also supported by the National Lottery and the British Olympic Association.  Olympic heroes including Greg Rutherford, Max Whitlock and Dame Kelly Holmes took part in events across the UK, ranging from London 2012 Olympic venues to local sports clubs.

Onside Law advises ECB on new principal partner deal with NatWest

Onside Law has advised long-standing client, the ECB, on its new four-year principal partner deal with NatWest.  Under the ground-breaking deal, which represents the most significant sponsorship NatWest has undertaken, NatWest will significantly enhance its support of the game of cricket and will see its brand emblazoned on the shirts of the England cricket teams.

Tom Harrison, ECB chief executive officer, said: “Today’s announcement heralds an exciting new era for our relationship with NatWest and the way we promote the game. They have been one of cricket’s biggest supporters, partnering different cricket competitions and programmes for four decades.  This will be the first time they have been our lead commercial partner; helping to support the game in all its forms, at all levels. It’s an exciting prospect and their investment will help to fuel the game.”

Onside Law’s Jamie Singer (Partner) and Joe Tompkins (Associate) advised the ECB on all aspects of this arrangement.

Recent highlights of the Onside Law corporate team

It has been a busy 12 months for the Onside Law corporate team led by Simon Thorp and Jamie Goldberg.  Highlights include:

  • Implementation of a new debenture-backed membership model at Wentworth Golf Club.
  • Multi-million pound investment by digital media and esports gaming company MTGx (listed on Swedish stock exchange) in Onside Law client, Engage Sports Media.
  • A million pound fundraise for sports data analytics company, 21st Club.
  • Sale of cycling and running digital business, Community Bug.
  • Management buy-out and restructuring of Sports Recruitment International.
  • InCrowd Sports on a series A multi-million pound investment from Sky Ventures and Albion Ventures, amongst others.
  • 4 Sports & Entertainment AG on acquisition of the US golf agency, Professional Athletic Advisory Group, Inc.
  • Investments in and by, and fundraises for, companies such as Sportable Technology; Moorlodge Biotech Ventures; Matrix Design and Sourcing; Face Partnership; Sprint6Golf; ParcelBright; Infinity Health; and MedShr.

Onside Law advise FACE Partnership on its new joint venture with Velon

Onside Law has advised FACE Partnership on its new joint venture with Velon, the Revolution Champions League, which will launch at the end of 2016. The Revolution Champions League will feature 12 teams, including eight WorldTour teams, who will compete across three consecutive Revolution Champions League weekends to decide who will be the ultimate cycling champions.

Onside Law’s Oliver Hunt (Partner) and Joe Tompkins (Associate) advised FACE Partnership on this exciting new project, which will also see FACE and Velon stream live race data using innovative data capture facilities.