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Innovative, insightful and practical, honed by 25 years + diverse experience.

Whether helping clients broker multi-party deals, navigate the intersection of business and government or find the right business structure, Peter distils what really matters and uses creative solutions where necessary.

Peter has a particular interest in managing change and in setting legal issues or transactions in the wider context, understanding the perspectives of multiple parties and how they are relevant to delivering success. He has delivered many projects in technology and media solving complex issues concerning software, rights and data. He understands the particular sensitivities of the public sector whether expressed through regulation or direct state involvement in deals. He knows how important it is not to see a supply chain or distribution network as a series of separate transactions but as a series of interdependent relationships from the source to the ultimate consumer.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well-placed to advise clients on a multitude of commercial agreements, combining broad sector expertise with regulatory knowledge and a sizeable international footprint. Its areas of strength include outsourcings, strategic alliances, marketing and advertising contracts, and IT contracts.  In 2017, global commercial head Peter Watts and senior associate Oliver Wilson assisted AB inBev with the procurement of media buying and planning services. The firm also has a longstanding relationship with the British Paralympic Association; Richard Welfare advised the client on various commercial matters related to the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games, including the negotiation of sponsorship and supplier agreements, and also the preparation of a Team Members Agreement. The firm also undertakes work for clients in sectors such as TMT, automotive, life sciences, and transport and logistics. Rachel Kent, Jonathan Chertkow, Michael Thomas and consultant Dominic Hill specialise in commercial contracts in the financial services industry. The firm also has a particularly strong capability in the energy and infrastructure sector; Adrian Walker, Andrew Briggs, David Moss, Gillian Thomas and Jeremy Brittenden focus on commercial contracts and projects in this area.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

In 2014, Hogan Lovells International LLP established a specialist Constitutional Change taskforce of senior thought leaders from across the firm to assess the legal and policy implications of emerging issues for clients - such as a possible Brexit. The group, which is led by Susan Bright, includes founding members Charles Brastedand Peter Watts. It has been particularly active in advising clients from regulated sectors on Brexit, including financial services, insurance, energy, media and pharmaceuticals. In addition to undertaking a legal and commercial advisory role for clients, the firm has been working with the International Regulatory Strategy Group (a group of senior UK-based leaders from the UK financial services and professional services industry) to produce a series of major reports which propose a model for mutual market access for financial services post-Brexit; Rachel Kent, who chairs the IRSG workstream, drafted the reports with support from other lawyers from the firm and other members of the workstream. Elsewhere, the firm has also played a key role in anticipating policy by engaging with policy makers within the UK government, as well as the US State and Treasury Departments, and the European Commission, among other bodies. Practitioners with significant trade negotiation experience include Brussels-based senior adviser Hugo Paemen (who led the EU negotiations during the entire Uruguay Round) and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC. Aline Doussin recently joined the trade team in London from Squire Patton Boggs. Lourdes Catrain, who co-leads the international trade team, is another key member of the taskforce.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Hogan Lovells International LLP's telecoms, media and technology department is headed by Peter Watts and handles commercial, regulatory and contentious technology and telecoms matters for large corporates and smaller companies.The group has particular expertise advising clients in highly regulated industries, particularly those in the financial sector. It acted for Banco Sabadell on IT integration arrangements following its acquisition of TSB Bank. A team jointly led by Richard Diffenthal and John Salmonacted for Refineryy on the development and roll-out of its innovative blockchain-based platform. The practice also advised leading telecoms company on product regulatory and product safety issues. Don McGown is a key name to note for telecoms sector matters.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s media and entertainment practice regularly acts for global media and entertainment groups and advertisers, which benefit from its expertise spanning its global network of offices. The team is representing News Corp in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) phase II merger investigation into the proposed full takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox; advised Vela Software, a division of Toronto listed Constellation Software on its acquisition of Atex Group; advised The Anschutz Corporation, the majority shareholder in Regal Entertainment Group on the $5.8bn acquisition of Regal by Cineworld Group; and advised Sky Ventures on its sell down of 768,200 shares in connection with the IPO of Roku. Peter Watts  advised Viacom its joint venture to create Banjo Television. Richard Welfare, who is active on regulatory work, and advises on advertising and marketing, copy clearance, promotional matters and compliance issues, advised AMC on the regulatory position for its launch of two subscription VOD channels, Shudder and SundanceNow. ITV, Mars and AB InBev are also clients. Senior associate Oliver Wilson is a member of the commercial team and also handles M&A deals.

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