Akin Gump Provides an Assist in Landing New Professional Soccer Team for New York

(New York) – A deal to bring a new Major League Soccer (MLS) team to New York City—the New York City Football Club, or NYC F.C.—was done with the help of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

The New York Yankees and Manchester City of England’s Premier League are forming the new MLS team to begin play in 2015. Akin Gump corporate partner Trey Muldrow and counsel Spencer Smith advised the Yankees on the agreement with Man City and the MLS. Senior counsel Randy Levine, who serves as president of the Yankees, was the lead negotiator for the team.

The deal has received widespread media coverage, including in The Am Law Daily, which noted that Akin Gump’s “global platform proved beneficial when arranging meetings and negotiations between NYC F.C.'s equity owners, many of which are based overseas.”

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 850 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


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