Senior Vice President, Business, Finance & Legal Affairs
As Senior Vice President of Business, Finance & Legal Affairs, Robert Friedrich focuses on business and financial issues affecting the league and its teams. Friedrich is primarily responsible for all team ownership transactions, as well as the management of the NBA's multibillion-dollar leaguewide financing program, which is the principal source of financing for the majority of NBA teams. He also works extensively on arena development and renovation efforts and other arena-related projects.
Prior to joining the NBA, Friedrich was Assistant General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. from 2002 to 2007, where he led the company’s Corporate Finance and General Corporate practice groups. Friedrich counseled Time Warner’s Treasury and Finance teams through a multitude of transactions, including Time Warner’s $18.5 billion acquisition of Adelphia Communications and the restructuring and eventual spin-off of Time Warner Cable from Time Warner. He also worked extensively on film finance transactions for Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema and the restructuring of Time Warner’s international treasury operations.
Prior to joining Time Warner, Friedrich was an Associate in the Corporate Finance Department at White & Case LLP from 1995 to 2002, where he focused on leveraged and structured finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Friedrich received his J.D. with honors from Cornell Law School, where he was a member of the Cornell Law Review, and his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Friedrich lives in Summit, N.J. with his wife, Kathryn, and two sons.