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Record Breaking Transfer Window for Centrefield LLP

Friday 9th September 2016

Newly established Sports & Media law firm, Centrefield LLP, has confirmed its place as the UK’s leading professional adviser in football after working on transfers worth over £400 million in the summer transfer window, including a number of record breaking transfers.

The value of deals worked upon by the firm equates to nearly 40% of the estimated £1 billion plus spent in total by Premier League clubs.

The Manchester based practice, which was only established last December, acted for clubs and players on transactions involving seventeen of the twenty Premier League clubs, as well as clubs in the EFL Championship, League One and League Two.

Outside of the domestic market, Centrefield acted on deals involving clubs and players in China, Russia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America. In addition to player transfers and loans, Centrefield also advised on many player contract renewals, as well as on a number of managerial and coaching staff appointments and departures.

Matthew Bennett, one of the founding Partners at Centrefield, commented: “The summer transfer window saw the value of player transfers to English clubs increase from previous years, largely as a consequence of the increased revenues of Premier League clubs under the new cycle of broadcasting arrangements.”

“Not only have we seen an increase in the value and number of transactions compared to previous windows, but we have also seen that deals are becoming ever more complex – the increased value of deals probably being one of the key drivers of this. The combined effect of these factors has been an increase in the need for specialist professional advice for clubs, players and intermediaries.”

“We are pleased that Centrefield, in its first year of business, was asked to assist on so many transactions both nationally and internationally. The transfer window was a great opportunity for us to work with our existing clients as well as new clients and in new territories and provides us with a strong foundation for the continued growth and success of the firm.”

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