Interview: Private equity individuals from US increasingly keen on buying English clubs

18 November 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Liverpool owner John W. Henry and wife, Linda Pizzuti sit on the bench prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town at Anfield on April 26, 2019 in Liverpool. Henry is the sort of club owner that would likely increase in the future.

"There is now significant private equity investment entering the football economy," says top M&A lawyer from New York.

But one factor makes the purchase of English clubs tricky, and eager investors try to negotiate their way out of it.

Lower-league clubs are sometimes seen as great investments due to the potential for optimisation at these clubs.

Jonathan Dyson dyson@offthepitch.com

Few people have a deeper insight into US investment in English football than Charles Baker, co-chair of the Sports Industry Group at New York-based law firm O’Melveny.

His group is a full service sports practice advising on transactions, including M&A, as well as other commercial matters such as stadium finance, media rights and sponsorship.

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