David Zeffman

David Zeffman

Partner
Head of Gambling and Sport

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

David has been one of the leading lawyers in the UK media sector for over 25 years and has extensive experience providing strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to clients in the gambling, sport and television sectors. He has been involved in many of the major transactions that have taken place in these sectors, including the launch of several television channels and the sale of media rights to some of the world's biggest sporting competitions.

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"Sources agree that David Zeffman is a "very strong practitioner" who is "very well known in the gaming market."

Chambers 2017

"Sources single out practice leader David Zeffman for his expertise in media and gambling-related sports matters, particularly those involving the horse racing industry. He continues to advise broadcasters on major sports television rights deals."

Chambers 2017

Relevant experience

Gambling

  • Gamesys on a range of commercial, regulatory and corporate matters including: the sale of its JackpotJoy and other brands to Intertain for an initial payment of GBP 425.8m; advising on its online gaming partnership with the New Jersey casino Tropicana; the acquisition of Virgin Games; and Gamesys’ partnership with Metric Gaming to launch its sportsbook offering.
  • The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association on its legal challenges to the UK Government’s reform of the taxation of remote gambling services and to the introduction of place of consumption licensing and regulation in Britain.
  • GVC with regulatory advice in the context of its bid for bwin.party Digital Entertainment Plc, as well as providing support during the due diligence process running-up to the successful bid made by GVC for bwin.party.
  • Tote Media Limited, (established by Betfred owner and chairman, Fred Done) on its deal that enabled the Great Leighs racecourse to reopen.

Sport

  • ICC on its global media rights tender, bidding and evaluation process for 18 tournaments between 2015 and 2023.
  • The Government on the future funding of British horseracing following the decision of the European Court of Justice in the William Hill v BHB database rights case.
  • FIFA on the worldwide sale of media rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
  • Setanta Sports, SingTel, Sky Italia, Dentsu and many others on their acquisition of rights to broadcast Premier League football.

TV

  • The launch and/or subsequent operations of many television channels since the launch of satellite television in the 1980s including MTV Europe, VH1, FilmFour, E4, AtTheRaces, Bloomberg and Eurosport.
  • The set up, funding, launch and all activities of the DTT pay television platform Top Up TV.
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Education

1980 - MA Jurisprudence,  Brasenose College, Oxford

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Memberships

Member - The Editorial Board of World Online Gambling Law Report and World Sports Law Report.

Member - International Masters of Gaming Law.

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