Mark Lebbon

Special Counsel

Qualifications: LLM, LLB, BComm

Industries

Practices

Mark has a broad range of experience in corporate and commercial practice areas, with a particular focus on the sports, entertainment and media industries.

Mark’s practice primarily focuses on:

  • mergers and acquisitions and drafting of associated documentation;
  • media rights and associated broadcasting and production arrangements;
  • sporting event commercialisation, including structuring advice and the drafting of agreements dealing with licensing, venue hire and procurement;
  • intellectual property commercialisation, including intellectual property licensing and technology licensing agreements;
  • advising clients on all aspects of corporate governance and structuring (including directors’ duties and related party transactions);
  • drafting and advising on general commercial agreements; and

Mark has acted for clients of all sizes, including major listed and private companies, family businesses, sporting organisations, and athletes.

Mark is a Recommended Lawyer in Legal 500 for media and entertainment. He was previously the independent director on the board of Speedway Australia.

Experience

  • Advising numerous sporting bodies on complex, high value media rights transactions across free-to-air television, subscription television and digital platforms.
  • Assisting a client draft and negotiate the naming rights agreement for a large stadium owned and operated by the client.
  • Acting for buyers and sellers of businesses and companies across a range of industries.
  • Assisting a prominent live music venue negotiate its venue hiring agreements.
  • Advising on the corporate restructuring for a prominent national sporting organisation.
  • Assisting a brewery on all aspects of its operations, including structuring, capital raising, and drafting brewing and supply contracts.
  • Advising a large automobile manufacturer in respect of their procurement and supply agreements.
  • Acting for both the sponsor and sponsee in respect of the drafting and negotiation of sponsorship agreements.
  • Drafting rules and regulations for sporting organisations.
  • Providing advice to a number of clients (inlcuding sporting organisations, venue operators and resort owners) regarding refund obligations and arrangements arising from COVID-19.
  • Assisting sporting teams and individual athletes negotiate agreements for the use and commercialisation of athletes’ image rights, including in respect of the use in advertisements and other promotional material.
  • Drafting IT master services and development agreements for clients involved in various industries, including the superannuation, tertiary education and online auction industries.
  • Providing advice to a State government department in relation to procurement and supply arrangements.

Awards and recognition

Law Institute of Victoria – Legal Awards
Highly Commended, Rogers Legal Writing Award

Professional Membership

  • Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)

Latest thinking

COVID-19 Thinking | 3 Jun 2020

Supply chain management during the COVID-19 crisis: key considerations

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly disrupt the supply chains in which businesses across Australia, and internationally, operate. The manner in which a company responds to such disruption will largely depend on their role in their supply chain, and whether they conduct business as a supplier, a customer, or both.