Christine G. Lazatin is a partner in the Corporate Department.
Christine is one of the nation’s leading sports finance attorneys, advising professional sports teams, leagues and owners, corporate borrowers and financial institutions on many of the industry’s most critical and complex financings.
Christine regularly represents several major sports leagues (including the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer), as well as a number of NBA, NHL, National Football League and Major League Baseball teams, in connection with acquisition and stadium financings, working capital facilities, league-wide and league-level credit facilities, workouts and restructurings. She has also represented financial institutions in structuring financings for teams and team affiliates.
Over the past several years, Christine has worked on the deals that are at the cutting edge of the business of sports. As the industry grappled with the disruption caused by COVID-19, she advised numerous leagues, teams and other clients on financings to address their short- and long-term liquidity needs.
In addition to her financing work, Christine represents sports clients on a full range of corporate matters, including many expansion and ownership transactions for the NHL, the NBA and MLS. Recently, she advised MLS in launching an affiliated Division III professional men’s outdoor league known as “MLS Next Pro” and continues to advise the new league on governance and expansion matters.
Christine has been recognized as an elite lawyer by a variety of sports and legal publications. She was named a “Game Changer” by Sports Business Journal in 2022, and she is one of only four women ranked by Chambers USA in the Sports Law category.