Our dedicated team has unrivalled expertise in advising international clients in the sports sector, unparalleled among Japanese law firms, built on over 25 years of providing innovative and commercial solutions to our clients worldwide. Ian Scott, head of the Media, Entertainment & Sports practice group, acted as the general manager and was the managing director for the World Rugby Japanese entity and also served as lead counsel for World Rugby for over seven years during the preparation and hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Ian also has worked in commercial and managerial positions within other global sports companies, is currently an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration of Sport, is internationally recognized as an expert in in the sport industry and has competed as an athlete at the international level. Ian brings unique attributes which complement our team`s legal skills, our commercial and business know-how, and passion for sport sector where we provide a full spectrum of legal services including:

  • The exploitation of sporting commercial rights
  • Contingency planning and risk management
  • Licensing and merchandising
  • Sponsorship and advertising
  • Brand protection management
  • Major international sports event organization
  • Ticketing and the data protection issues, including GDPR
  • Development of guidelines and educational materials
  • Sports governance
  • Integrity in sport
  • Sports betting/gambling
  • Investigations
  • Disciplinary and anti-doping proceedings
  • Dispute resolution  
  • Sports broadcasting
  • IT infrastructure advice for major sporting events
  • Sports financing and M&A
  • E-sports

When advising foreign clients, our firm can field a team of expert Japanese lawyers and foreign lawyers who have relevant experience and bi-cultural sensitivity. Our team can do business and draft documents in Japanese, English, German, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, and Marathi, and provides services around the clock through our global affiliated offices.



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