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Latham & Watkins LLP

Adam J. Sullins

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Adam Sullins is a partner in the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice. With years of sports industry experience and contacts, Mr. Sullins represents clients in professional and collegiate sports, including teams, team owners and investors, leagues, federations and other governing bodies, television networks and media companies, technology companies, corporate sponsors, content owners, licensees and athletes. He advises on a full spectrum of matters, including the acquisition/sale of professional sports franchises, broadcast and new media transactions, corporate sponsorship and endorsement deals, licensing, and strategic ventures.

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Partner

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United States: Industry focus

Sport

Within: Next Generation Partners

Adam Sullins - Latham & Watkins LLP

Within: Sport

Latham & Watkins LLP's entertainment, sports and media practice is noted particularly for its transactional experience, and counts the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Tencent Holdings and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) among its clients. Joseph A. Calabrese is acting for the International Olympic Committee, alongside Brussels-based Marc Hansen, in connection with preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, including advising on matters ranging from host city contractual relationships and commercial matters to digital rights, real estate, sponsorships, and governmental relations. Calabrese jointly heads the practice alongside Adam J. Sullins who leads advice to Facebook on its acquisition of sports distribution rights, including its $600m bid for Indian Premier League cricket rights in India and its acquisition of media rights for the 2018-2021 UEFA Champions League soccer competitions in Latin America. In another impressive work highlight New York-based counsel Michael Kuh, Paul Tosetti and Russell Sauer, Jr. (who is a key name for litigation) acted for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and United States in its successful bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Another key name to note is associate Kendall Johnson, who has experience across a range of transactions. Christopher Brearton’s departed to an in-house role at MGM, and corporate lawyer Justin Hamill arrived in the New York office from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts

Within: Commercial deals and contracts

Latham & Watkins LLP has particular expertise in negotiating broadcasting and licensing arrangements, and also handles major joint venture and distribution agreements in the media and entertainment and mobile app industries. Highlights in the Los Angeles office included Adam J. Sullins advising Facebook on the acquisition of certain sports broadcasting rights, and recently promoted partner Ghaith Mahmoud acting for Mattel in relation to a joint venture agreement with the internet technology company NetEast to develop new gaming experiences. Additionally, Silicon Valley-based practice head Anthony R. Klein acted for Lyft in the $250m acquisition of urban bike-sharing company Motivate, which included the adoption of existing city contracts. The firm also assisted Nestlé with licensing agreements to display third-party brands on its food products, which included agreements with household names such as Warner Bros and Disney.

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