Bank of Nova Scotia/Sport Supply Group: Represented the Bank of Nova Scotia in an $27.5 million incremental financing of Sport Supply Group.
In re Bernard L. Madoff/New York Mets: Mediated the $1 billion dispute between the trustee representing defrauded former clients of Bernard Madoff and the owners of the New York Mets. The $1 billion figure reflected $300 million in alleged phony profits and $700 million in principal that the owners had withdrawn since 2002. The year-long mediation ended in March 2012 when the two sides announced that Mets’ owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz settled the lawsuit for $162 million, and Picard, in turn, dropped all claims.
The French Soccer Football League: Advised the French Soccer Football League in Orange Sports football broadcasting appeal against internet service providers SFR and Free. The Court affirmed Orange’s right to broadcast exclusive content on its sports channel Orange Sports, which is made available solely to Orange’s internet service subscribers. The Court recognized that "it gives the consumer complete freedom on the choice of the internet service provider." The French soccer football league, represented by Willkie, supported Orange throughout the litigation, and in its introduction of significant market competition with respect to the acquisition of exclusive content, in particular football rights.
The French Football League, the Association of Professional Sports League: Advised The French Football League and the Association of Professional Sports League in its intervention in a matter involving France Télécom's Orange Sport interactive TV channel, which, through an open and non-discriminatory public tender procedure was organized by the French Football League and acquired broadcasting rights for football "Ligue 1." The Court overruled a judgment of the Paris Commercial Court finding that this distribution system constituted tied sales (as alleged by the two complainants -- Free and SFR) in violation of the French Consumer Code because consumers had to subscribe first to Orange’s DSL offer before subscribing to Orange Sports.
Olympic Nice Stadium: Advised banks Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited, Société Générale, Crédit Agricole CIB and BBVA-Succursale de Paris on the financing and public law aspects of the €245 million Public Private Partnership between the city of Nice and the consortium Nice Eco Stadium.