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Akerman has one of the few teams in the U.S. with experience buying, selling, and financing professional sports franchises in most professional sports leagues, including managing all intellectual property issues.

Practice Highlights
Bullet General counsel to the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Panthers, as well as numerous professional sports facilities, including SunLife Stadium (home of the Miami Dolphins and Florida Marlins), the BankAtlantic Center (home of the Florida Panthers)
Bullet Experience with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (minor league baseball), NASCAR, the Roller Hockey International League, the Canadian Football League and the Continental Basketball Association
Bullet Experience representing several applicants for expansion franchises offered by the National Football League, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball
Bullet Extensive experience advising clients on the selection and registration of trademarks and copyright
Bullet Vast experience with the complex issues affecting business and financial transactions in the specialized area of production and distribution

Service Offerings
Bullet Serve as business representatives and contract advisors to:
- Facilities
- Sponsors
- Broadcasters
- Producers
- Talent
- Networks
Bullet Contract preparation, review, and negotiation for production, talent, and network affiliations
Bullet Production & Distribution Documentation
Bullet Ownership & Regulatory Advice
Bullet Financing & Tax Advice
Bullet Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Recognition
"A national corporate group that serves clients across the U.S., and in Latin America, [with] a strong focus on middle-market transactional work. The partners combine good business acumen with excellent legal insights, and the senior partners are not only highly accessible, but they lead all deals." (The Legal 500)"
Bullet U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized as a national tier one law firm for Corporate and International Trade and Finance Law
Bullet U.S. News - Best Lawyers: Recognized in the national Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Securities/Capital Markets, Securities Regulation, Antitrust, Franchise, Private Funds/Hedge Funds, and Venture Capital Law categories
Bullet The Legal 500: Ranked as one of the leading law firms for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: Middle Market in the U.S.
Bullet Chambers USA: #1 Corporate practice in Florida; recognized as market leader in Florida since 2003 for Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
Bullet Law360: Ranked among the top 100 law firms for M&A
Bullet Corporate Counsel magazine: "Go To" law firm for corporate transactions/M&As
Bullet SPAC Report by Deal Flow Media: Listed among top law firms in the U.S. for SPAC IPOs and is ranked #3 in the U.S. in terms of number of deals completed and #6 in dollar volume

 
 
 
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