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Wiggin LLP

9TH FLOOR, MET BUILDING, 22 PERCY STREET, LONDON, W1T 2BU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7612 9612
Fax:
Fax 01242 224223
Email:
Web:
www.wiggin.co.uk
Brussels, Cheltenham, London

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP‚Äôs team is noted for its expertise in the media, technology and IP sectors. Michael Brader¬†leads the practice jointly with Adrian Jones; Brader, who has a strong reputation in independent TV production and sports matters, recently advised Perform on the acquisition of football player data business Scout 7, and Jones, who is also active in the TV sector, acted for Centaur Media on the ¬£16.5m share acquisition of lead-generation business Market Makers. David McLeish¬†and Ben Whitelock¬†specialise in gambling M&A transactions; McLeish acted for the founders of B2C gambling operator Royal Panda on the ‚ā¨120m sale of the group to LeoVegas and for software supplier Playtech on the ¬£50m share acquisition of Eyecon Games, a supplier of online gambling and social gaming slots software. Ciaran Hickey, who heads the firm‚Äôs high-growth technology group, assisted the sellers of Gamer Network with its sale to ReedPOP.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP¬† provides ‚Äėtop-notch guidance‚Äô to a range of clients across the betting, poker, media and sports sectors, amongst others, and regularly advises major banks and payment processors on gambling-related issues. Practice head Stephen Ketteley¬†‚Äėbrings a depth of knowledge which is second to none and manages to think two or three steps ahead‚Äô. He recently advised on a number of UK Gambling Commission investigations into apparent compliance failings, and continuing to advise bet365 and William Hill on regulatory matters. Other notable lawyers in the team include Simon Bernholt, who joined in early 2018 from Playtech, advises clients across the full range of commercial and regulatory matters. Jason Chess¬†is the other key figure and has significant expertise in online gambling, lotteries, competitions and promotions. He is advising Worldpay on regulatory issues facing online gambling operators and their service providers on a global basis.

Leading individuals

Stephen Ketteley - Wiggin LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP¬†is a defendant practice with ‚Äėa team of very approachable and responsive industry experts‚Äô who ‚Äėprovide a stellar service to clients‚Äô. The team is headed by ‚Äėknowledgeable and experienced strategist‚Äô Caroline Kean. Clients include 21st Century Fox, Netflix and MoneySavingExpert.¬†Anna Doble¬† and¬†Adelaide Lopez¬† are associates to watch.

Leading individuals

Caroline Kean - Wiggin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Dando - Wiggin LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP¬† has significantly boosted its capabilities in brand management when it recently merged with Redd Solicitors thus combining the technology, copyright and media sector expertise with Redd‚Äôs IP practice. The practice is known for its strong offering on brand enforcement, online content monitoring and litigation; ‚Äėhighly experience litigator‚Äô Anna Carboni¬†is a ‚Äėleading figure‚Äô in dispute resolution and represents clients in the technology and life sciences industries. Practice head Simon Baggs¬†is an ‚Äėoutstanding solicitor in the field of ISP liability';¬†he acted for Richemont in an appeal before the Supreme Court in a case concerning website blocking orders. Sara Ashby¬†advises retail clients on all matters within design law, and¬†Gurminder S Panesar¬†leads the brand management group; he is recommended for trade mark portfolio management work and counts Hiscox Group and HarperCollins Publishers as clients. Michael Browne¬†and Rachel Alexander¬†focus on IP enforcement and exploitation strategies.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Wiggin LLP

Technology experts David Naylor and Shaun Lowde jointly head the practice at Wiggin LLP, which specialises in advising fintech companies and platforms on commercial, corporate and regulatory work. Lowde advised Vizolution, which provides screen-sharing solutions, on various commercial contracts with financial institutions, and along with Gurminder S Panesar acted for iPipeline on commercial and regulatory matters. Naylor continues to advise RightIndem on corporate and commercial matters. Additionally on the corporate side, Benjamin Whitelock assisted InMotion Ventures with its investment into By Miles. David McLeish advised Safecharge on gambling regulatory matters. Other clients of the department include iGo4, Worldpay and Parity Technologies.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Wiggin LLP

Traditionally recognised for its media sector expertise, Wiggin LLP's technology team has a strong IT and telecoms sector client roster with clients including Vodafone, Microsoft, Expedia and Sony Interactive Entertainment. The team was also instructed by Acute Art on its creation of virtual reality art platform, which included strategic advice and cross-border negotiations. The 'commercially aware' David Naylor is highlighted as being 'practical, responsive and enjoyable to work with'. He jointly heads the practice alongside Shaun Lowde. Alexander Ross is another key name to note, particularly for transactional matters in digital media.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Wiggin LLP

Following its merger with Redd, Wiggin LLP¬†has been considered 'top of its game in the media copyright-trade mark world', and attracts praise for its 'breadth of expertise in¬†intellectual property and the media sector'.¬†The group is instructed by¬†Cartier International, Montblanc-Simplo and Richemont International in an appeal to the Supreme Court brought by BT and EE relating to website blocking orders. Rachel Alexander¬†and Simon Baggs¬†‚ÄĒ who have both attracted praise for being 'very commercial, strategic and conscientious lawyers'¬†‚ÄĒ are leading this matter which concerned issues of who should bear associated coasts of blocking subscribers to access websites selling counterfeit products. In another work highlight, the team is representing Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment in a copyright claim against TuneIn concerning radio transmission streaming.¬†Baggs heads the practice which includes¬†Anna Carboni, who is¬†recommended for trade mark and copyright matters; Sara Ashby, who is a¬†'fantastic litigator'; and¬†Simon Chalkley¬†who is noted for transactional IP matters. Other key clients include Microsoft, Netflix and Gucci.

Leading individuals

Anna Carboni - Wiggin LLP

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP¬†is commended for its ‚Äėgood commercial understanding‚Äô and is ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô across TV, film, music, publishing, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media and interactive content. Charles Moore¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with‚Äô and specialises in film and TV production, financing and distribution and advised Focus Features and Working Title, alongside new partner Grainne McKenna¬†who joined the TV and film department in 2017 from an in-house role, on numerous UK productions, which included feature films Darkest Hour, Johnny English 3, and the historical drama Mary Queen of Scots. Moore and¬†Chris Hanson¬†, who handles media finance work, advised Netflix on the production and financing aspects of all of its original UK productions. Neil Gillard¬†advised The Ink Factory on the production and financing of the feature film Hotel Artemis and David Quli¬†advised financier, Anton Capital, on The Drama Investment Partnership, a venture with BBC Worldwide under which Anton and BBC Worldwide will co-fund a number of British high-end drama TV projects. Daniel Whybrew¬†advised Bank of Montreal on its loan facilities and associated security to the producers of numerous high-end TV drama projects. Ross Sylvester¬†and Medwyn Jones¬†advised Virgin Media and its parent company, Liberty Global, on its commissioning arrangements for original content under its multi-year deal with All3Media. Michael Brader¬†handles corporate work in the independent TV production sector. Litigator Simon Baggs¬†and digital rights expert Alexander Ross¬†head the music team, which is active across rights protection, digital music rights, and international music licensees and also features Rachel Alexander, which is representing Warner Music UK and Sony Music Entertainment UK in High Court proceedings issued in against TuneIn, Inc. Ross, defamation and privacy litigator Caroline Kean¬†and Adrian Jones¬†head the publishing team, which handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Shaun Lowde¬†and David Naylor¬†lead the gaming, social media and interactive content team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Paul Gardner¬†from Osborne Clarke LLP, who specialises in the computer gaming industry. Lowde and Sean James¬†lead the advertising and marketing department, which acts for clients such as Telefonica, UKTV, Perform Group, NBC Universal and bet365. The firm¬†recently acquired IP firm Redd Solicitors LLP

Leading individuals

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP contains the former IP team of Redd Solicitors, which the firm merged with in 2017. IP litigator Sara Ashby is a key figure, with a strong skill set in advising on disputes pertaining to designs, patents and parallel imports. Another notable name is Anna Carboni, who is known for her work on soft IP disputes and has additional expertise in patent law. Also recommended is Simon Chalkley, who has extensive experience in IP transactions.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

The 'quick, thorough' team at Wiggin LLP provides 'tailored advice and an excellent level of service', 'turning work around in very short timeframes'; its industry knowledge is 'second to none', and it inspires 'complete confidence' in clients. Media rights transactions are its core strength: group head Ross Sylvester, who has 'great business knowledge which he uses expertly to address the key issues', advised Perform Group on its partnership with the National Football League (NFL), giving it broadcast rights for NFL games across over a hundred countries. He also assisted DAZN with winning the German and Japanese broadcast rights for Champions League and Europa League matches. Other clients include Manchester United and PokerStars. Betting and gaming expert Stephen Ketteley, who is 'very personable but can fight in the trenches with the best of them', 'works at pace without compromising attention to detail'.

Next generation lawyers

Ross Sylvester - Wiggin LLP

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