Hogan Lovells advises Michele Kang on acquisition of controlling interest in Washington Spirit soccer franchise

Washington, D.C., 11 April 2022 — Global law firm Hogan Lovells advised Michele Kang on her acquisition of the controlling interest in the Washington Spirit, making her the first minority woman to hold a majority stake in a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) franchise. Read more about the transaction at the Washington Spirit.

The team is entering its 10th season as the reigning 2021 NWSL Champion and will play its regular-season home opener on 1 May at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

“We were delighted to play a key role in this historic deal and want to congratulate Michele, the Washington Spirit and the National Women’s Soccer League on the beginning of a new era for the club,” said Robert Welp, a Hogan Lovells partner who advised on the deal.

The Hogan Lovells team included partners Tom Connally and Michael Kuh, counsel Steve Argeris, senior associate Michael Rogers and associate Hamza Rashid.


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