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DBW Global

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About Us

We are a multilingual team of experienced sports lawyers, agents and scouts.

Started by two lawyers with a passion for football, our founders have made sure that DBW Global is a sports agency with an edge.

Our team of solicitors have specialist knowledge in sports law as well as tax, commercial, intellectual property, litigation and employment law. This means that we can help you not only in your career in football, but with sponsorship, endorsement and agency contracts.

Our player recruitment team have over forty-five years’ experience in professional academy recruitment and have close ties to a wide selection of Premiership League and Championship clubs. Based across the UK, our team will watch your matches, provide constructive feedback, and be available to meet locally or in our London offices.

  • We find the best possible deals to help our players adjust to life in the Premier League, and prepare for life after football.
  • We regularly assist clubs and players in the negotiation of all types of football business-related contracts, as well as providing scouting assistance to clubs all over the globe.
  • We provide our services in a multitude of languages, meaning we can arrange deals with international clubs in their own language, and offer our players opportunities beyond the English market.

What Do We Provide?

DBW Global will not only represent you to the highest standard, we will also provide the following:

  • High-quality legal advice as and when you need it.
  • Personal branding and marketing guidance and support.
  • A public profile and CV to display your skills and track all references of you in the press.
  • The best sponsorship deals to suit you.

Local Football Development:

  • A tailor-made Career Development Plan.
  • Once a month match-fixture attendance and feedback.
  • Six-week performance reviews.
  • A quarterly report issued to parents.

You take care of what happens on the pitch, we will take care of everything else.

Who are we?

London Team

• Xabier de Beristain Humphrey

Half-Basque, half-British, Xabier is fluent in English, Spanish, French and German, which enables him to work closely with many European and South American players and managers. Working in sport since 2009 and a registered FA intermediary, Xabier has clients at both British and European clubs including Marseille, Valencia, Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal. He has also represented rugby players at Saracens, and British, European and World Champion boxers. A lawyer since May 2006, Xabier previously worked at leading law firms in London, Madrid and Paris.

He splits his support half-Athletic-Bilbao and half-Manchester United and regularly travels to watch his favourite teams.

• Alan Smith

As one of the first coaches in England to be awarded the FA Advanced Coaching Licence, Alan Smith began his coaching career with Wimbledon FC. During his time as Manager at Dulwich Hamlet he won promotion to the Isthmian Premier Division. After having spent ten years at Crystal Palace, Alan was appointed as Manager in 1993. He secured them the Division One Championship and was awarded Championship Manager of the Year. With subsequent roles at Wycombe Wanderers, Fulham, a return to Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough, Alan has decades of experience, which he will be able to share with DBW Global and their players.

• Katrina Kulica

Katrina has previously worked across Asia, Latvia and London as an office manager in HR and as a personal assistant in various industries such as finance, architecture, property management, tourism and company formation and support services for over 10 years . Her efficient but friendly manner enables her to play a key role liaising with parents and players where she assists by managing player documentation and liaising with the FA and the players’ clubs, organising travel for different members of the DBW team across the UK and DBW’s players and their families as well as various other player and parent matters that can arise. Katrina’s legal training in key areas of English Contract and Trust law also enables her to contribute on more technical and contractual matters too. Additionally, Katrina communicates with clients and players on a regular basis in four different languages (English, French, Latvian and Russian) and has recently begun supporting her local team, Luton FC!

Head Of Recruitment

• Martin Bewell

For several years, Martin was a manager and assistant manager at Non-League Football Clubs in the Midlands Area. He then went to work for Aston Villa FC as a National Talent Identification Scout where he remained there for over 17 years.

During Martin’s seventeen years at Aston Villa FC he was the Head of Recruitment in the Midlands and ran two development centres in Leicester and the Hinckley area for their Academy. Now, Martin works as our Deputy Head of our Football Development Section in the Midlands and provides feedback to the players on their performances, as well as providing match reports to the London Office.

Aston Villa FC:

  • Talent Identification AVFC Academy
  • Deputy Head of Recruitment AVFC Academy (Midland)
  • FA Talent Identification Course
  • DBS Checked

• Jos Johnson

Jos has worked as a Local Government adviser for sports across the Midlands for over 20 years. During this time, Jos has worked tirelessly within grassroots and inner-city football and obtained his UEFA ‘B’ Coaching qualification as part of his work. As a result of this work, Jos was then recruited as Director of Football at an established semi-professional Midlands club - a role he held for almost 10 years.

Alongside this, Jos worked for Aston Villa FC as a development centre coach and talent identification representative within the Leicester & Leicestershire area. As well as these roles, Jos has also coached football teams overseas and was recruited for Summer Soccer Coaching positions in the US from 1988 – 1991. His many roles over decades, in English football and abroad, have made Jos an excellent addition to the team and a valuable support to all DBW’s players.

• Talent Identification & Development Centre coach AVFC Academy
• UEFA Licence B Coach
• FA Talent Identification course
• DBS Checked
• Independent FA panel member (disciplinary)
• Former Director of Football at grassroots level

International Team

• Daniel Villagran

Daniel is one of the most experienced people in Argentinian club football. He works closely with a number of clubs, including Boca Juniors, River Plate and Racing Club among others.

Exclusively with DBW Global, Daniel works to identify top young talent from S. America as well as established players. Together, we find the players transfers into Europe’s top leagues. Some of the players we have worked with include Jonathan Calleri, Nicolás Lodeiro, Claudio Yacob and Leonel Vangioni.

• Cristian Villagran

Cristian is Daniel’s son and works closely with his father. He resides in Switzerland and works with many of the clubs there as well as elsewhere in Europe.

Cristian was himself a fantastic sportsman, having been a successful professional tennis player, representing Switzerland in the Davis Cup with Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

• Javi Gonzalez

Javi was one of the first 20 licenced intermediaries in Spanish football.

Based in Madrid, Javi works closely with most clubs in Spain especially in and around Madrid.


Robert Pires European Champion, World Cup winner & former Premier League Player of the Year

"Xabi and the DBW team gave me excellent legal and business help, speaking in both Spanish and French and really understanding football."

Barry McGuigan [MBE] "Manager, Promoter & Former World Champion. Member of International Boxing Hall of Fame"

"I’ve found them to be top multi-lingual lawyers with a great knowledge of the sports industry. I would thoroughly recommend them."

Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton IBF World Super Bantamweight Champion

"DBW have given me and my team world class legal advice during my career. They punch above their weight!"

Paul Winstanley Head of Player Identification, Brighton & Hove Albion FC

"Spanish-speaking experts in South American football markets"

Carlos Nieto Former Saracens Rugby Player and Italy International

"The go-to lawyers for any international sports professional arriving in Europe"


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