We advise on a broad range of transactions carried out in the media sector. Our corporate and financing lawyers work closely with specialist lawyers in our Intellectual Property and Information Technology groups to provide a full service to our media clients.
Our media practitioners are familiar with the particular requirements of businesses in the media sector. Through our relationships with leading law firms in other jurisdictions, we offer a multi-national and multi-disciplinary capability.
Our Sport practice also has extensive experience advising sports clients in relation to media-related matters including entering into commercial agreements on broadcasting rights.
Our key experience includes advising:
Reuters Group on its combination with the Thomson Corporation to create a global leader in business to business information markets; and on a global network services agreement with BT Group, thought to be one of the biggest telecoms outsourcing deals in the world.
Bertelsmann on the European Commission's Merger Regulation review of the Sony BMG joint venture; and on a music publishing venture with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) to acquire a catalogue of songs from about 300 artsists including Kylie Minogue, Nena, Roy Orbison, Mecano and The Beautiful South.
Global Radio on competition issues in relation to the acquisition of GCap Media plc.
BMG Rights Management on a recommended cash offer for Chyrsalis to enhance its position as leading music publisher.
Naspers, South Africa’s largest media company, on a recommended cash offer by its wholly-owned subsidiary, MIH Internet, to acquire Tradus, a UK internet auction company.
Arsenal in relation to their media agreements, and on their marketing and filming arrangements with Sony.
Palamon Capital Partners and Content Production Holding on the acquisition of Waterbeek Media and Amaze TV.