Flint Bishop has helped Derby County Football Club secure a significant stake from local business tycoon, Mel Morris.
Mel Morris, who was born in Derby, is one of the UK’s richest businessmen. He has run several successful businesses but is probably best known for his current role; shareholder and non-executive chairman of King Digital Entertainment, the company behind online gaming sensation Candy Crush.
Sam Rush, Derby County President and Chief Executive, said:
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mel to the club as a significant investor and as a director. He is a highly respected local businessman who is well known across Derby and his arrival is a great opportunity to help drive the club forwards towards the Premier League.”
Sam also praised his legal team for ensuring a swift conclusion to the deal, saying:
“Yet again Flint Bishop have proven what great commercial lawyers they are. They worked around the clock to get this deal done, which all parties are tremendously grateful for.
A spokesperson for Flint Bishop commented:
“This deal completed in only three days. That in itself was an achievement. The fact it was such a high profile and confidential deal made it so much more exciting to work on.”
This is the second high profile deal involving the club that Flint Bishop has worked on in recent months. Late last year the law firm advised on the branding rights of the club stadium, switching from ‘Pride Park’ to the ‘iPro Stadium’ which at £7m, was one of the largest stadium branding deals outside The Barclays Premier League.
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