Africa gets first sport law firm

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Staff Writer 

Johannesburg – Centurion Law Group has opened what it calls Africa’s first dedicated law practice that focuses on the continent’s sports and entertainment sector.

With the continent’s sports sector gradually evolving and millions of dollars being poured into it, some analysts have long called for its professionalisation by improving the legal bedrock governing it.

This, they say, will ensure better sports governance as well as protect athletes and clubs at contractual and operational levels.

In a statement this week, Centurion head of sports and entertainment practice, Oneyka Ojogbo said: “With its track record of delivering high-profile and high-quality deal making, Centurion is the perfect fit for Africa’s sports, entertainment and media industries.

“We are witnessing the rise of a true African sports and entertainment industry that now requires the best possible legal and business support services coming out of the continent itself.”

She said as the industry grew and attracted greater investments, it was crucial to protect players, revenue streams and overall bankability.

“Our job goes beyond legal advice. We provide counsel for career and life, and help clients build a business around their brand, protect their assets, and take advantage of strategic business opportunities during and after their career,” said Ojogbo.

In Southern Africa, Centurion has a presence in Angola South Africa, in addition to offices and affiliates in eight other African countries as well as in Europe and North America.

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