Andrew Danson is a partner in the firm's London office. He is a commercial and regulatory lawyer and concentrates his practice on sports, gambling and broadcasting related matters. He has particular expertise in sports media rights, sponsorship, licensing and event-staging issues, gambling licensing and regulation, a broad range of gambling commercial matters (including white label, turnkey, software supply, affiliate and payment processing deals), and the distribution and exploitation of content over broadcast, telecoms and new media platforms. The clients he advises include major national and international sports governing bodies and rights holders, leagues, teams, broadcasters, agencies and global sports brands, and a wide variety of listed and unlisted online gambling operators and software suppliers. He was also seconded to LOCOG, the organising committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Andrew is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
Mr. Danson is listed as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of sports and entertainment in Who’s Who Legal (2015 and 2016), which says "Andrew Danson at K&L Gates is “a commercially minded, clever and creative” practitioner.”
Mr. Danson is noted as a leading individual in Legal 500 2016, which says "the ‘knowledgeable and thoroughly pragmatic’ Andrew Danson is a key name for K&L Gates LLP in the gaming sector."
Chambers and Partners 2016: “Clients enjoy working with Andrew Danson thanks to his 'incredibly thorough understanding of the Gambling Act as well as our business.' He is an expert in online gaming matters.”
Chambers and Partners 2015: “Andrew Danson is commended by peers for his ‘client-friendly’ approach. Clients say he ‘is very bright and very precise, and knows what he is doing’.” Legal 500 2015: “Andrew Danson is recommended for his ‘good industry knowledge’ and is ‘always available’.”
Legal 500 2014: “Andrew Danson is ‘approachable’, ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘flexible’”, and “‘knows his industries well’.”
Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Mr. Danson was an associate at another leading London firm where he worked in the media, communications and technology team providing commercial and regulatory advice to clients in the sports, gambling, broadcasting, telecoms and technology sectors.
He was seconded to LOCOG, the organising committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, who he advised on the supply of the entire telecoms infrastructure for the Games, as well as sponsorship and host broadcasting issues.