Case study

Farrers advise supporters on acquisition of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club

Posted by : Anthony Turner

Farrers' pragmatic and commercial approach to the issues ensured that we were able to secure the best possible result for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and its supporters. The Trust is delighted to take control of Wycombe Wanderers, especially in the Club's 125th anniversary year, and we are extremely grateful to the team at Farrers for their hard work and commitment which helped us to get this deal across the line.

Don Woodward, Trust board member and new joint-chairman,
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club

Farrer & Co has advised Wycombe Wanderers Trust Limited on its acquisition of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club from previous owner Steve Hayes.

Wycombe Wanderers are now one of the few Football League clubs in the country to be owned by their own supporters. Under the terms of the deal, the Trust has acquired all of the voting shares in the Club, and has incorporated a separate holding company which will be responsible for the Club's stadium (Adams Park), its Training Ground and the heritage aspects of the Club.

The Club, perhaps best known for its giant-killing runs to the semi finals of the FA Cup in 2001 and League Cup in 2007, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. 

The Farrers team was led by partners Anthony Turner and Andrew Bailey, who were assisted by members of the firm's corporate (Harry Birmingham), banking (Michael Arnott and Bethan Waters) and commercial property (Alison Hall) teams.

Anthony said "the transaction presented a range of unique and complex issues which required the firm to call upon its breadth of expertise in commercial practice areas and in the sports sector. We are delighted to have helped the Trust to achieve such a successful outcome for the Club, and provide it with a stable platform for the future."

Trust board member and new joint-chairman of the Club, Don Woodward, said "Farrers' pragmatic and commercial approach to the issues ensured that we were able to secure the best possible result for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and its supporters. The Trust is delighted to take control of Wycombe Wanderers, especially in the Club's 125th anniversary year, and we are extremely grateful to the team at Farrers for their hard work and commitment which helped us to get this deal across the line."

For more information, please contact Anthony Turner (anthony.turner@farrer.co.uk) or your usual contact at the firm on 020 3375 7000.