McDermott Represents Calvin Ford in Equity Investment in German Soccer Team SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball GmbH & Co. KGaA - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Represents Calvin Ford in Equity Investment in German Soccer Team SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball GmbH & Co. KGaA


The transaction:

  • International law firm McDermott Will & Emery represented Calvin Ford in connection with his equity investment in German soccer team SSV Ulm 1846 Fußball GmbH & Co. KGaA (Ulm).
  • The Investment Agreement was signed on April 2, 2024, and closed on May 7, 2024.

Team background:

  • Ulm quickly established itself in Germany’s Third Division in 2023 and remained unbeaten in the league in 2024, including a final seven-game winning streak.
  • Winning the Third Division Championship secured Ulm’s second consecutive promotion, elevating them to Germany’s Second Division, 2. Bundesliga.

Why it matters:

  • Ford’s investment provides substantial support for Ulm in its endeavors to establish itself in Germany’s Second Division alongside long-time traditional German powers such as Schalke 04 and FC Koln, as well as to comply with certain Bundesliga requirements for teams in higher divisions.

The McDermott cross-border team was led by Tom Conaghan, Scott Bowman and Greg Berson, with substantial assistance from Thomas Ammermann, Philipp GrenzebachWolfgang von Frentz and Annabelle Juliette Rau.

Read Ulm’s press release here.

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