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Hogan Lovells Hires Latham & Watkins Sports Lawyer Michael Kuh

Nov. 4, 2019, 10:40 PM

Hogan Lovells has hired Latham & Watkins sports attorney Michael Kuh, whose work has ranged from representing international sports organizations to advising a Hollywood star, as a partner in the firm’s New York corporate practice.

Kuh has represented large sports organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee, in a range of high-stakes transactions including bidding for international sporting events.

He most recently represented the bid committee in the successful bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to jointly host the FIFA 2026 World Cup. Before that, he was the lead lawyer in New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics, and he was the lead outside counsel guiding the establishment of the National Women’s Soccer League.

“As we continue to expand our presence in the sports industry, the addition of Michael makes a great deal of sense from a strategic perspective,” Craig Umbaugh, chair of the firm’s sports and recreational facilities practice, said in a statement.

“Hogan has a longstanding top tier sports practice,” Kuh said. “I had the good fortune of being opposite Hogan on a transaction and I was impressed with them.”

He said lateral discussions began soon after.

Kuh explained he plans to help grow Hogan Lovells’ sports practice alongside his other work, which includes corporate and M&A matters for clients in the technology, ecommerce, fintech, and entertainment industries, including Harrah’s Entertainment, and flower delivery service FTD.

Kuh also represents actor Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle website Goop.com.

He began representing Paltrow and Goop shortly after she founded the brand while living in London.

“We helped them repatriate to the U.S., and I’ve been representing them ever since,” Kuh said. “Gwyneth and the company are responsible for their global growth but I’ve been thrilled to have been their legal counsel through it.”

Kuh has also represented banks including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Jefferies & Co., JP Morgan Partners, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS in various financial advisory matters.

Kuh joined Latham in 2003 immediately after graduating from law school.

Before becoming a lawyer, he held various economic development positions in former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration, including deputy chief of staff for economic development and planning.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephanie Russell-Kraft in New York at srussellkraft@gmail.com
To contact the editor on this story: Rebekah Mintzer in New York at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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