VP Legal Affairs

New York, NY, USA

Fanatics

About the Role

Role Overview

Fanatics is seeking an experienced corporate/transactional attorney to join our Legal Department as Vice President – Legal Affairs. Reporting to the Senior Vice President - Legal Affairs, this role will serve as a strategic partner to the company’s executives, providing critical legal support with respect to global rights acquisition, licensing and partnerships across the sports industry. This position will be responsible for negotiating transactions with professional sports leagues, teams, universities, athletes, retailers and other key partners, primarily supporting Fanatics’ commerce business, but also expected to support the company’s collectables and NFT verticals. The Vice President – Legal Affairs will also have primary responsibility for certain digital transactions, including advertising sponsorships, data analytics and payment solutions.

Responsibilities:
Draft, negotiate and close highly complex strategic transactions for global sports rights acquisition, product licensing and operation of official physical retail, in close partnership with Business Development and Business Affairs executives.
Serve as the primary lawyer for the Partner Solutions team, negotiating a wide range of digital transactions, including advertising, marketing, data analytics, payment services and SaaS agreements.
Provide legal advice to senior leaders across the organization, including engaging in creative problem-solving, proactive issue-spotting and business-focused risk assessment.
Review, analyze, interpret and advise on highly matrixed contractual rights and obligations.
Partner with the Information Security and Privacy teams to ensure personal data is collected, used, and secured in accordance with all laws and company policies.
Collaborate with operational departments and subject matter experts across the company, including Finance, Tax, M&A, Licensing and IP.
Oversee the development and implementation of template agreements and process improvements.

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About the Company

Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.