Sidley represented Brand Velocity Group (BVG) in its acquisition of SCORE® Sports (SCORE), a designer, manufacturer, and seller of youth team sports uniforms and equipment. SCORE has become a top multi-sport outfitter serving athletes of all ages and abilities across a range of sports including soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, flag football, and volleyball in the US$8 billion domestic youth sports market.
To support SCORE, BVG has mobilized a group of investors, such as abrdn and Ocean Avenue Capital Partners, as well as like-minded individuals at each of the league, team owner, and athlete levels, including Carmelo Anthony, Nolan Arenado, Andre Drummond, Steve Hutchinson, Carli Lloyd, the Manning family (Peyton, Eli, and Cooper), Weston McKennie, DK Metcalf, Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart, Tim Tebow, Isaiah Thomas, and Klay Thompson.
The Sidley team was led by Brien Wassner, Avni Mehta, and Stephen Ballas (Private Equity), with Kelly Dybala (Global Finance) leading the financing and David Kreisler and Ivet Bell (Investment Funds) leading the capital formation. The team also included Kyle Fong and Ashley Wong (Corporate); Joe Zenruffinen, Mary Kathryn Field, and Hana Muwaqet (Global Finance); Beatriz Azcuy and S. Joey Lam (Real Estate); Scott Goldstein (Insurance); Tara Lancaster and Joel Lifshitz (Tax); David Mollo-Christensen and Richard Schneider III (Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation); Katherine Roberts (Labor, Employment and Immigration); E. Kyle Barnett (Technology and Life Sciences Transactions); Stephen McInerney and Sasha Hondagneu-Messner (Privacy and Cybersecurity); Jen Fernandez and Aaron Applebaum (Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy); and Maureen Crough (Environmental).