Mark Lebbon

Senior Associate

Qualifications: LLM, LLB, BCom

Industries

Practices

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

Mark’s practice primarily focuses on:

  • mergers and acquisitions and drafting of associated documentation;
  • 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
  • advising clients on regulatory and statutory compliance issues.

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

  • Acting for some of Australia’s largest sporting bodies on the sale of their television and digital media rights worth billions of dollars in value.
  • Advising a large venue owner and operator in respect of the sale of the naming rights for their stadium.
  • Negotiating sponsorship and marketing arrangements for prominent sporting teams and national sporting organisations.
  • Advising on the arrangements for the management and commercialisation of an esport competition.
  • Acting for a client on their acquisition of a leading Australian talent management and sports marketing business.
  • Advising a large family owned Austrian energy company on their acquisition of an Australian electrical equipment provider.
  • Advising a large truck manufacturer in relation to its procurement and supply arrangements.
  • Advising a brewery on all aspects of its operations, including capital raising, brewing contracts and supply contracts.
  • Advising on a proposed corporate restructuring for a national sporting organisation.

Recognition

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

Professional Membership

  • Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)

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