O’Melveny Represents Investor Albert Friedberg in Acquiring Stake in Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC
prominent Canadian investor Albert Friedberg has acquired a minority share in Major League Soccer franchise the Orlando City Soccer Club (Orlando City SC).
Orlando City SC, which joined MLS in 2015, has quickly captured some of the league’s most engaged fans. The Florida franchise also brought a National Women’s Soccer League club to Orlando and built its own privately funded stadium.
Friedberg is the founder and president of Friedberg Mercantile Group Ltd., a Toronto-based investment firm. He is the firm’s principal strategist and the sole manager of two mutual funds that bear his name. In addition, he serves as chairman and president of the FCMI group of companies, his family holding entities, which are involved in a wide range of investments that include real estate, mining, and forestry operations. Friedberg was also a minority shareholder in Scotland’s Celtic Football Club from 1994 to 1999.
Da Silva continues as majority partner and chairman of Orlando City SC. He has held this position since acquiring the club in 2013 and has led it to its current successful state.
O’Melveny advised Canadian investor Albert Friedberg with a team including Irwin Raij (Picture), Robert Blashek, Luc Moritz, Alexander Chester, Kia Kuretski, Chris Anderson and Daryl Steiger.
Involved fees earner: Irwin Raij – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Alexander Chester – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Kia Kuretski – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Chris Anderson – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Daryl Steiger – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Robert Blashek – O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Luc Moritz – O’Melveny & Myers LLP;
Law Firms: O’Melveny & Myers LLP;
Clients: Albert Friedberg;