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Company Overview

Fanatics isbuilding a leadingglobal digital sports platform. The company ignites the passions of global sports fans and maximizes the presence and reach for hundreds of sports partners globally by offering innovative products and services across Fanatics Commerce, FanaticsCollectibles, and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, allowing sports fans to Buy, Collect and Bet.Through the Fanatics platform, sports fans can buy licensed fan gear, jerseys, lifestyle and streetwear products, headwear, and hardgoods; collect physical and digital trading cards, sports memorabilia, and other digital assets; and bet as the company builds its Sportsbook and iGaming platform.Fanaticshas an established database of over100 millionglobal sports fans, a global partner network with over 900 sports properties, including major national and international professional sports leagues, teams, players associations, athletes,celebrities, colleges, and college conferences, and over 2,000 retail locations, including its Lids retail business stores.

As a market leader with more than 18,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.

Position Overview

Fanatics is seeking an experienced lawyer to join Fanatics’ global legal team as Legal Counsel, providing commercial and strategic support to Fanatics Commerce’s international manufacturing, wholesale and direct-to consumer businesses. The Legal Counsel will be highly competent, a self-starter, detail-oriented, and a team player, with in depth experience in commercial transactions, marketing, risk mitigation, compliance and consumer law and related matters at a law firm or in-house.

Candidates must have experience supporting the commercial and transactional needs of a global, Fortune 500 company. At a minimum, candidates should be able to demonstrate significant experience supporting commercial activities from a legal perspective, including being responsible for drafting and negotiating key agreements as part of a cross-functional working group. The successful candidate will demonstrate the skills necessary to use high-level communication skills, both oral and written, to effectively communicate with various levels of leadership and staff, across functions and in various settings.


Primarily support the EMEA and APAC business operations of Fanatics Commerce, including both the direct-to-consumer (ecommerce and in-venue/event retail) and wholesale (manufacturing and distribution) of licensed sports merchandise, including apparel, headwear and hard goods, under the Fanatics and Mitchell & Ness brands

Partner closely with Fanatics’ Business Affairs and Business Management teams to structure, draft, negotiate and execute a variety of commercial transactions, including operational, marketing, technology, supply, manufacturing, services, distribution, licensing and rights acquisition agreements

Counsel business teams with respect to day-to-day matters, areas of risk and key strategic initiatives, affecting the business and operations

Interpret and advise with respect to rights and obligations under Fanatics’ agreements

Work closely with business teams to establish and implement policies, procedures and related documentation and training

Partner closely with internal and external stakeholders, including subject matter experts

Serve as a trusted business partner and creative problem-solver.

Oversee outside counsel, particularly in connection with non-UK matters


Qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales (or CILEX equivalent).

At least 5 years of post-qualification experience working on a wide range of sophisticated commercial transactions, including operations, manufacturing, distribution, co-brands, licensing/sublicensing, rights acquisition, intellectual property, digital technology,

e-commerce, and/or brand partnerships.

Broad commercial and strategic background working on international transactions.

Strong business acumen and savvy, good common sense and sound judgment.

Ability to execute under pressure and under time constraints in a fast-paced environment.

Creative thinker who can initiate and develop alternative approaches to complex issues.

Self-starter with strong work ethic and ability to work independently and take ownership of business-critical transactions.

Strong academic background and law firm training.

Experience in the global sports industry and/or a background in licensing and retail, including e-commerce, are strongly preferred.

In-house experience is strongly preferred.

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Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.

Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.

NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS/APPLICANTS: In connection with your application, we collect information that identifies, reasonably relates to or describes you (“Personal Information”). The categories of Personal Information that we collect include your name, government issued identification number(s), email address, mailing address, other contact information, emergency contact information, employment history, educational history, criminal record, and demographic information.We collect and use those categories of Personal Information about you for human resources and other business management purposes, including identifying and evaluating you as a candidate for potential or future employment or future contract positions, recordkeeping in relation to recruiting and hiring, conducting criminal background checks as permitted by law, conducting analytics, and ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements and Company policies. For additional information on how we collect and use personal information in connection with your job application, review our Candidate Privacy Policy-CA

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