Our global communications, media and entertainment group advises a number of prominent industry clients across the full spectrum of communications and media law throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
We were one of the first legal practices to establish a communications, media and entertainment industry group to sit alongside our global practice areas. This has helped us retain and enhance our reputation for understanding not just the law, but also our clients’ businesses, the value drivers in their industry, and the pressures which influence their decisions.
Our clients include leading communications providers; broadcasting giants; independent radio, film and television companies; agents; event organisers; record labels; music distributors; publishers; artists; financiers; newspaper empires; and financial institutions who seek out our solutions-orientated approach to a range of transactions, including complex cross border M&A and joint ventures, network sharing and outsourcing, as well as advice on global regulation, disputes, licence bids, privatisations and financing and investment.
Our areas of work include
- capital markets (including IPOs and US securities offerings)
- exploitation and protection of rights (including dispute resolution, developing product liability risk management programmes, e-commerce, m-commerce, M2M, B2B and B2C exchanges, software development, data protection, broadcasting and event sponsorship)
- M&A (including complex transactions, bolt-on acquisitions, and strategic joint ventures and partnering arrangements)
- privatisations and licence auctions
- regulation and competition (including compliance, challenging regulator decisions, interconnection agreements, rights of access, pricing, and bundling)
- sourcing (including call centres, back office functions, managed networks, and the management and operation of technology platforms)
- telecoms financing (including project financing, export credit financing, and restructuring and international corporate rescue).
Media and entertainment
- acquisition of catalogues
- broadcasting agreements
- creating rights
- dispute resolution
- music recording and licensing deals
- product development
- tax structuring
- TV and film co-production arrangements.