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We believe the distinguishing feature of our Media practice is the combination of in-depth knowledge of the media industry and media transactions (such as film and TV, and content distribution) with the deal flow and deal size of a leading international law firm. We work on deals which combine high-quality and high-value M&A with a need for detailed analysis of media contracts and assets.

Our global, cross-practice Media group has over 25 years' experience of providing innovative and commercial solutions to international media corporations. The group focuses on the converging areas of media (print, broadcast and digital), sport, internet, litigation, intellectual property, public policy, regulation, tax and VAT. In jurisdictions where we do not have offices we have established highly effective working relationships with leading local law firms.

Client experience

  • Comcast Corporation, through its subsidiary NBCUniversal, in its USD$1.5 billion acquisition of 51% of the issued shares in USJ Co., Ltd, the operating company of Universal Studios Japan, the theme park located in Osaka, Japan
  • América Móvil on its equity investment in Shazam Networks 
  • Astro All Asia Networks on various pay-tv content acquisition agreements and pay channel carriage agreements 
  • Channel Five (UK) on its VOD and linear HD carriage agreements on Virgin Media cable
  • Citigroup on the acquisition and subsequent disposal of EMI Group 
  • Com Hem on its agreements with TiVo Inc and five other vendors to implement the TiVo television technology and related technologies onto Com Hem's cable television platform in Sweden 
  • Global Radio on its acquisition of Guardian Media Group’s radio assets 
  • Hearst in its negotiations with a French publishing group Lagardère for the purchase by Hearst of Lagardère's international magazines unit which includes such brands as Elle, Car & Driver and Woman's Day
  • Ludorum plc, an AIM-listed business operating in the children's and youth entertainment market, on their global product distribution agreements including all-window broadcast licenses and merchandising agreements 
  • Technicolor S.A. on the disposal to Ericsson of the broadcast services activity located in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom