Michael J. Wall is of counsel and a business lawyer for Foley & Lardner LLP where he is a part of the Transactional & Securities Practice and the Sports Industry Team.
Before joining Foley, Mr. Wall served for 22 years on various executive management teams of businesses directly related to sports. For 13 years, Mr. Wall was the sole in-house counsel for the TD Garden and Boston Bruins, followed by nine years as General Counsel for Performance Sports Group, Ltd.—the former manufacturer of BAUER hockey, EASTON baseball, and CASCADE/MAVERIK lacrosse equipment and apparel.
Mr. Wall’s corporate law background includes public company corporate governance, M&A, litigation strategy, intellectual property procurement, management and enforcement, and consumer products regulatory compliance.
Mr. Wall’s first-hand daily involvement in the sports and entertainment arena position him to counsel clients seeking to acquire or sell sports franchises; to finance, develop and construct sports and entertainment venues; and to negotiate the myriad agreements that are necessary to capture and preserve the revenue-generating opportunities ancillary to stadium and team operations.
Mr. Wall was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary while at Performance Sports Group. In this role, Mr. Wall oversaw the company’s initial public offerings on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange and helped grow the company from a single-sport $200 million company to a multi-sports enterprise with revenues in excess of $600 million.
He also coordinated the adoption and implementation of a public company corporate governance program under U.S. and Canadian securities law, supervised eight business acquisitions between 2008 and 2016, and managed an IP portfolio inclusive of more than 800 patents, among other duties. Mr.
Wall represented the company in its filing of voluntary petitions for protection under U.S. and Canadian bankruptcy law in order to facilitate a financial and corporate restructuring thorough a going-concern sale of the company’s assets and served as president of the bankruptcy estate following the closing of the sale.
Mr. Wall received his J.D. degree in 1988 from Boston College Law School. He received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in 1984 from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta.
Mr. Wall is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts state and federal courts.
Since 2011, Mr. Wall has been a member of the board of directors of Good Sports, Inc. Additionally, he has been a member of the advisory board of Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation, Inc. since 2015. Formerly, he has served on the board of directors for the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation, Inc., the NHL Pension Society, and HopeFound Inc.
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