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Football Transfers: Buy-Back Clauses Explained

August 19, 2015

Every so often, I receive an excellent question (or set of questions) from readers of the blog. Recently, I received some really insightful queries from Jason Ives in relation to specific transfer agreement clauses. I set out his questions and provide some detail on how such clauses work in the football industry. Can you please explain how buy-back […]

#FootyBiz Twitter Chat

August 6, 2015

With the football season a few days away, join myself, Adam Osper and Pete Hackleton to discuss the various facets of the football business on Thursday 6th August at 1830 BST. Adam is a Director at Tilney Bestinvest and advises clients on wealth management issues in a range of sectors including sport and football. Pete […]

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Mint Greens Interview

August 3, 2015

In a break from my usual football blogs, over the next few months, I will be speaking with a number of  sports companies to publicise how they are making strides into the sector. First up, is Mint Greens; a corporate golf concierge offering exclusive terms and access to many of London’s finest golf courses. I had a brief chat […]

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Premier League Parachute Payments Explained

July 30, 2015

The Basics Parachute payments are funds provided by the Premier League to clubs relegated from the Premier League to the Football League Championship. They are primarily to provide a financial cushion for the relegated clubs to adjust to life outside the lucrative Premier League competition. The Premier League for a number of years had distributed […]

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Football League Insolvency Regulation Changes: A Brief Summary

July 28, 2015

Introduction This note sets out a summary of the new insolvency regulations that the Football League (FL) has agreed to implement in time for the upcoming 2015/16 season. Although at the time of writing, the FL has not published the express wording of its new regulations, it recently circulated a press release[1] providing the high […]

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High-Spending Clubs Must Still Be Careful How They Use Their Money

July 6, 2015

This blog was first published on the excellent Secret Footballer website here. Introduction It had been reported for some time that Uefa was intending to relax its Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations to allow clubs in certain instances to spend more than was preciously permitted. On 1 July, Uefa’s new regulations were published. The basic […]

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The Future of Financial Fair Play

June 1, 2015

First published on the excellent ‘The Secret Footballer’ website here Introduction Cost control and Financial Fair Play (FFP) has dominated the football financial headlines over the last few weeks. First came an announcement from the Football League and QPR that an arbitration panel will determine whether the Football League’s FFP regulations are legal and whether […]

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UEFA Financial Fair Play: What a Difference a Year Makes

May 15, 2015

Introduction The news recently that 10 clubs including a number of high profile teams had entered in to settlement agreements with UEFA over Financial Fair Play (FFP) break-even breaches, did not appear garner the same media interest as this time last year when high profile clubs like Manchester City and PSG were sanctioned. The clubs in […]