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Fladgate advises David Beckham backed Guild Esports on admission to London Stock Exchange’s Main Market

David Robinson, Alan Wetterhahn, David Baverstock, Thomas Edwards, Michelle Waknine, Joshua Bennett |

Fladgate acted for Guild Esports PLC (Company) on its admission to the Official List (by way of a Standard Listing) and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market for listed securities, contemporaneously with a £20m equity placing. Guild Esports had a market capitalisation of approximately £41m on admission. The Company is the first […]


Fladgate advises Gareth Bale on his loan move from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur

Grant Gordon, Alan Wetterhahn, Hamilton Forrest, Adrian Mawlabaux |

Fladgate has advised Gareth Bale on his much-publicised loan move from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur. This follows on from Fladgate’s work in advising Gareth on his then world-record transfer to Real Madrid back in 2013. To read more click here  


Tackling Hawkeye – Bournemouth’s uphill battle

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

The Premier League season came to a conclusion with  dramatic final day in July. A point for Aston Villa (AVFC) in their final game saw them survive the drop to the Championship, whilst AFC Bournemouth (AFCB) were condemned, falling into the relegation zone by just a single point. Reports have recently surfaced that AFCB are […]


City and CAS – FFP not down and out yet

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently handed down its decision in the matter of Manchester City FC (MCFC) v UEFA. The decision had been much anticipated in sporting circles as it is the first real test of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules that were put in place to regulate […]


Fladgate advises Guild Esports plc on investment agreement with David Beckham

David Robinson, Alan Wetterhahn, David Baverstock, Joshua Bennett |

Fladgate was delighted to advise Guild Esports plc on an investment agreement with David Beckham. The Sports Business Group at Fladgate also drafted and negotiated a partnership agreement which makes David Beckham the face of the team. Guild, a new global esports business, is launching a player academy and developing an ambitious talent pipeline in […]


Tackling the impact of Covid-19: What are the options for the English Premier League?

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

One of the effects of the significant disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus is the cancellation or postponement of a huge number of sporting events. Across Europe, and much of the rest of the world, football has been affected at both the elite and grassroots levels. This has caused severe headaches for the footballing authorities, […]


COVID-19: The future of esports and gaming collaboration

Thomas Edwards, Alan Wetterhahn |

Although the COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for many businesses, certain industries such as the gaming and esports sectors may not be as badly affected as others. Social distancing means that, whilst many businesses are suffering from a lack of people visiting their bricks and mortar outlets, the gaming and esports industries are seeing record […]


“In the mist of chaos, there is also opportunity” - Sun-Tzu, The art of War-craft III

Alan Wetterhahn, Joshua Bennett |

Is there hope for custom game developers amidst Blizzard Entertainment’s new Acceptable Use Policy? Following the launch of Warcraft III: Reforged, Blizzard Entertainment (Blizzard) has updated its Acceptable Use Policy so that the legal rights that custom-game makers automatically assign to Blizzard have been expanded. The new wording (highlighted in bold) reads: Custom Games are […]


Fladgate acts on £220m sale of Red Tiger Gaming Limited

Amy Collins, Alan Wetterhahn, Hamilton Forrest, Orit Rioumine Gold, Ben Milloy, Grant Gordon, Tim Reinhard, Laura Priestley |

Fladgate was pleased to act on the sale of Red Tiger Gaming Limited, a leading online casino game software supplier to digital entertainment company, NetEnt. The accelerated deal completed on Thursday 5 September 2019 with the initial consideration being £197m and up to £23m may be payable in addition in 2022 on an earn-out basis. […]


Fladgate's Sports Business Group sponsors SportsPro Live 2019

Alan Wetterhahn, James Earl, Alex Haffner, Grant Gordon, Tim Reinhard |

For the third year running, our Sports Business Group is pleased to announce our sponsorship of SportsPro Live 2019. SportsPro Live has established itself as the leading event that hosts the biggest influencers in the industry.


Fladgate acts for Pyser Optics Limited on £3.4m sale to Scientific Digital Imaging Plc

Graham Spitz, Nigel Gordon, Alan Wetterhahn, Gemma Grunewald, Adam Baker, Mike Tremeer, Luke Morris, Hattie Jordan |

Fladgate was delighted to act for Pyser Optics Limited, a portfolio company of Privet Capital, in relation to the sale of their Graticules division to AIM quoted group, Scientific Digital Imaging Plc. Graticules Optics is a designer and manufacturer of precision reticle, aperture, grating and micropattern products on glass, ceramics, film and in metal foils […]


Has the European Parliament put the internet into reverse?

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

The European Parliament has recently voted in favour of a controversial new Directive relating, among other things, to use of copyrighted materials on the internet. The lead-up to the vote has been hugely divisive. Support for the approach adopted by the proposed Directive has largely come from artists, authors and creators of content. They argue […]