Arent Fox’s Richard Brand and Steven Cohen Named Legal Power Players by SportsBusiness Journal
Washington, DC — Arent Fox LLP Sports practice leader Richard L. Brand and Corporate & Securities practice leader Steven A. Cohen were named Power Players in the SportsBusiness Journal’s ranking of the top legal influencers in the sports industry. Arent Fox was also named to the elite tier of sports law firms.
The SportsBusiness Journal notes that “the Arent Fox team of Brand and Cohen put together many of the industry’s leading naming-rights deals over the last decade,” including Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, collectively “re-energizing the market for facility naming pacts.” The editorial also highlights Arent Fox’s media and franchise matters, including the sale of Washington Sports & Entertainment assets, the relocation of the New York Islanders, and the Los Angeles Lakers’ 20-year media rights deal with Time Warner Cable.
The Journal interviews hundreds of industry executives for their viewpoints on the industry’s top outside counsel. Ranked firms and attorneys are “in the middle of the biggest deals in sports, have access to the top executives, and offer some of the sharpest, brightest minds in the business.”
Mr. Brand, recognized as a leading sports attorney by Chambers USA, Legal 500, and US News & World Report, focuses on naming rights, media rights, acquisitions of professional sports franchises, sponsorships, arena/stadium licenses, executive contracts, concession agreements, suite and club seat licenses, and financings for teams and facilities. He also represents numerous professional teams in all facets of their operations.
Mr. Cohen, lauded by Legal 500 and The Washington Business Journal for his real estate and mergers and acquisitions work, counsels his sports clients in connection with transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, securities, and other commercial transactions. He has particular experience in providing strategic advice to clients regarding the structuring of transactions to protect and enhance their existing brands and businesses.
From coast to coast, Arent Fox boasts one of the most experienced and diverse sports law practices in the country, with clients spanning individual and team sports in major league, minor league, and amateur sports. The group regularly advises companies and organizations in football, baseball, basketball, tennis, cycling, hockey, soccer, wrestling, collegiate and high school sports, and the Olympics on a wide array of issues, including those involving acquisitions and sales of teams, property and event companies, financings, media and technology agreements, intellectual property matters, and naming rights and other sponsorship transactions.