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Wiggin LLP

9TH FLOOR, MET BUILDING, 22 PERCY STREET, LONDON, W1T 2BU, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7612 9612
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Fax 01242 224223
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www.wiggin.co.uk

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 is most active in the media, technology, brands and entertainment industries, where the firm's key clients operate. Work includes advising public and private companies on both domestic and cross-border mandates, with the added capability to act for entrepreneurs and investment backers. The overall corporate practice is aligned with the firm's market specialisms but also work together in sectors such as gambling. The 'experienced' and 'expert' Adrian Jones and Michael Brader co-head the corporate practice, both with broad experience across the media sector.

Practice head(s):Adrian Jones; Michael Brader

Other key lawyers:David McLeish

Testimonials

'Highly sector focused and therefore uniquely placed to advise clients, with a deep understanding of the critical relationship between regulation and commercial/strategic decision-making and deal structuring'

'Unparalleled industry expertise'

'Tech sector M&A experts with strong commercial acumen and a deep understanding of legal issues'

'David McLeish is a first class lawyer - dedicated tenacious and generally impressive. He is very practical and commercial, with significant expertise from in-house industry experience'

Key Clients

Access Entertainment

Jaguar Land Rover

Endemol Shine

Manchester United

Perform Group

WiseTech Global

Telefonica Digital

Stars Group

Playtech

William Hill

Worldpay

Work highlights

  • Acted for Greenbird Media on the exit of BBC Worldwide as a shareholder, the acquisition by Keshet International of a controlling stake in Greenbird and Greenbird's acquisition of a controlling interest in Crackit Productions.
  • Advised Fulwell 73 on its part sale to US media conglomerate Valance Media.
  • Advised William Hill on the ca. £250m public takeover of Mr Green.
  • Advised shareholders of Lookout Point on the sale of the remaining shares to BBC Studios for a mix of upfront consideration and earn out.
  • Advised Playtech on the acquisition of Studio 88 PTY , a content studio focused on the creation of online casino games, for an initial consideration of €3.4m plus maximum additional consideration of €7.2m

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP has expertise in providing regulatory, corporate and commercial advice, which involves assistance with regulatory investigations and international risk strategies, ongoing advice on compliance and licensing, assistance with M&A transactions and business-to-business arrangements, and advice on advertisement contracts. The team regularly represents clients from the betting, poker, casino, lottery, media and sports sectors, while Stephen Ketteley, who co-heads the practice with Jason Chess, is particularly active for clients from the online gambling sector.

Practice head(s):Stephen Ketteley; Jason Chess

Testimonials

This is probably the best all-round gambling and betting practice in the UK. The firm is responsive, astute and meticulous in its work

Stephen Ketteley has a true passion for the industry and intimate knowledge of British regulations in this area, as well as a deep understanding of how the industry works internationally

Jason Chess is a very well-respected senior figure

Stephen Ketteley and Jason Chess provide a speedy high-quality service

Key Clients

The Stars Group

bet365

Playtech

William Hill

Worldpay

GVC

LeoVegas

Casumo

Addison Global

Betsson

IGT

Kindred

GoLotto

Perform Group

Genius Sports

Evolution

Netent

SBTech

Royal Panda

Work highlights

  • Advised Ladbrokes Coral on the undertaking of due diligence and the co-ordination of gambling regulatory approvals in connection with its public takeover by GVC Holdings.
  • Advised William Hill on a regulatory investigation by the Gambling Commission, which resulted in the client paying a £6.2m penalty package.
  • Advised William Hill on the £250m takeover of online casino operator Mr Green.
  • Advised Casumo on a regulatory investigation resulting in a £5.85m penalty package.
  • Advised Playtech on an investigation by the CMA regarding bonus promotions and the accessibility of customer funds.
Leading individuals

Stephen Ketteley - Wiggin LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

Wiggin LLP

Most of Wiggin LLP's commercial litigation work is focused on the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming sectors. Caroline Kean is litigation head, Alan Owens is a technology litigation specialist, and Matthew Dando was appointed partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:Alan Owens; Matthew Dando

Testimonials

'Excellent on commercial disputes in the media industry'.

Key Clients

The Ingenious Group

bet365

Twentieth Century Fox

eOne

Viasat

Recorded Picture Company

Mister Smith Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Acted for Larkhark Films in a dispute with European Film Bonds over an insurance claim, which related to the completion and delivery of a film called Starbright.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP acts for a high-profile client roster of media and technology clients, with notable examples including Netflix, HBO, Disney, Marvel and Virgin Media. The group has recently been active advising on personal data matters; it assisted Netflix and HBO with the processing of cast and crew data and GDPR issues. Other areas of expertise for the practice include contentious data protection work, cybersecurity breaches, regulatory investigations and cross-border projects. David Naylor and Alexander Ross jointly lead the department; Naylor focuses on transactional and advisory work and Ross has notable expertise in digital rights. Caroline Kean is the key contact for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):David Naylor; Alexander Ross

Other key lawyers:Caroline Kean

Testimonials

'There is strong depth and breadth of expertise in the team, and it is used efficiently and effectively. Clients appreciate that the main contacts talk to them in their own language and take the time to understand their unique business.'

'David Naylor continues to provide exceptional support. He ensures that clients have timely access to expert advice as needed. He always provides a clear and considered response to queries and provides the necessary guidance through challenging situations. David sets realistic expectations and manages the right level of communication.'

'Patrick O'Connell is thorough and his depth of knowledge is outstanding. He is really approachable and a delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Netflix

HBO

Disney/Marvel

Pathé

Virgin Media

Racing UK

National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme / GAMSTOP

DataCore Software Corporation

Audience Trading Platform

Lionsgate

Work highlights

  • Advising Netflix on the data protection implications of processing the personal data of cast and crew and other GDPR issues.
  • Assisting HBO with its GDPR compliance including updating its suite of production agreements and policies, and advice on the processing of cast and crew data.
  • Advising Lionsgate on its processing of personal data including drafting policies for staff on data subject rights requests and reporting data breaches.
  • Assisting the National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme with its data protection compliance.
  • Advising bet365 on data subject rights and the changes to existing rights brought in by GDPR.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

The defamation and reputation management department at¬†Wiggin LLP¬†acts exclusively on the defendant side and is praised by some for being 'the best defendant team by some distance'. A high proportion of the firm's work consists of advising clients on sensitive and controversial content prior to publication or broadcast. The firm has also added specialist media clearance brand Reviewed & Cleared to its service portfolio, providing low-cost clearance advice by experienced solicitors. Team head and 'formidable opponent'¬†Caroline Kean¬†acts for publishers, broadcasters and film companies alike and many of her clients are based in other jurisdictions such as the US. The 'brilliant'¬†Matthew Dando¬†is particularly adept at defending libel and privacy claims for clients across the media, tech and sports industries. Consultant¬†Anna Doble¬†is another name to note: she advises well-known brands, publications and productions with her added expertise in copyright clearance. One of the firm's recent stand-out matters is acting for publishing house Faber & Faber and author Tom Bower in the lawsuit brought by Nick Brown MP over a statement made in¬†‚ÄúBroken Vows ‚Äď Tony Blair, the Tragedy of Power‚ÄĚ.

Practice head(s):Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:Matthew Dando; Anna Doble

Testimonials

'Caroline Kean is a formidable opponent.'

'Wiggin is the best defendant team by some distance.'

'Caroline Kean is smart and a good lawyer.'

'Matthew Dando is brilliant.'

Key Clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

News UK (including The Sun and Dow Jones)

Ocean Media

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

MBC Group

HarperCollins

Elsevier

Audible (an Amazon company)

Perform/DAZN group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Faber & Faber and author Tom Bower, who were sued over a comment about Nick Brown MP in Bower's book.
  • Acting for Associated Newspapers in a claim arising from publications in the Daily Mail and MailOnline brought by the chairman of Redrow plc.
  • Advising Twentieth Century Fox on the depiction of living people in Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Acting for Legal Cheek in a claim over their reporting of allegations about a former Magic Circle solicitor.
  • Advising MEN/MBC regarding a claim from Qatar Airways about their broadcasting.
Leading individuals

Caroline Kean - Wiggin LLP

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Dando - Wiggin LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Wiggin LLP

Focusing on media, technology and intellectual property, Wiggin LLP  continues to be among the 'best known' brand management practices in London. The practice offers the full range of portfolio management services, led by Gurminder S Panesar; the team is supported by INCOPRO, a company co-founded by the firm, which offers online brand protection strategies to manage online content and tackle parallel import, counterfeiting and other infringement issues. The team is led by Anna Carboni, a 'well-known figure and all-round expert in trademark issues', who is also able to handle hearings and try cases in-house. Simon Baggs, Sara Ashby and Rachel Alexander are the other highly qualified partners. Director John Colbourn and associate Joanne Gibbs  are also recommended for soft IP.

Practice head(s):Anna Carboni

Other key lawyers:Gurminder S Panesar; John Colbourn; Joanne Gibbs

Testimonials

'Wiggin are strategic, focused and continuously deliver excellent service and strategic guidance. They are real experts across the entire IP practice. '

'Gurminder S. Panesar is a standout and very talented lawyer'

Key Clients

HarperCollins Publishers

Hiscox

Gucci

Motion Picture Association

Microsoft

Netflix

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise on Endemol Shine Group's portfolio of trade marks worldwide, in addition to brand clearance, strategic portfolio advice and registry matters.
  • Advising Gucci on a mix of clearance, enforcement and contentious registry work, predominantly related to Gucci's iconic "Gucci" and figurative double G marks.
  • Acting for Microsoft in conducting most of its brand clearance work in the UK across goods and services, as well as managing Skype's UK and EU trade mark portfolios on the prosecution side.
  • Representing Warner Bros in connection with its contentious registry disputes in the UK and EU relating to trade marks in the world-famous Harry Potter films.
Leading individuals

Anna Carboni - Wiggin LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gurminder S Panesar - Wiggin LLP

Rising stars

Joanne Gibbs - Wiggin LLP

John Colbourn - Wiggin LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP's 'creative and persistent' fintech group has specialist expertise advising clients ranging from disruptive fast-growth machine learning companies to multinational corporates on data protection, privacy and cyber security issues. Outside of these core areas the team also assists clients with corporate transactions, including investments and acquisitions, multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues in the e-commerce space, and IP protection. Practice head David Naylor, who specialises in technology and IP law, stands out for his experience as general counsel to US and European companies on international business expansion and cross-border projects.

Practice head(s):David Naylor

Key Clients

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC

Worldpay

TheStreet, Inc

Jaguar LandRover

Rakuten

Duedil

Tessian

Thomsons Online Benefits

BoardEx

Beauhurst

Vizolution

RightIndem

Lenny

Eligible

Work highlights

  • Advised on the status of binary options, FX trading and CFDs in a variety of jurisdictions and provided some strategic corporate advice in relation to Worldpay’s investment in Featurespace.
  • Providing complex data protection compliance and transaction advice to TheStreet, Inc.
  • Advising award-winning UK cybersecurity company Tessian on IP matters and on all aspects of its data protection compliance, a critical area for a business providing email security services to some of the world's largest financial services businesses.
  • Advising Beauhurst on a wide range of matters including M&A, corporate finance, commercial, IP, tax and data protection.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Wiggin LLP

The technology team at Wiggin LLP has experience assisting clients with IT infrastructure projects, outsourcing arrangements, corporate and financing transactions and litigation; it also has expertise in new and emerging areas of technology including AI, gaming and virtual reality matters. Practice head Alan Owens handles contentious IT matters, while Ciaran Hickey and David Naylor are names to note for corporate transactions and data protection work respectively.

Practice head(s):Alan Owens

Other key lawyers:David Naylor; Ciaran Hickey;

Testimonials

'Wiggin has developed a great balance of practice areas and carefully built teams of diligent lawyers to ensure that it provides a service that is personal and effective for its clients.'

'The team does a fantastic job of keeping it simple for the clients, ensuring a single main contact and the all work and advice is channeled through them. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise available within Wiggin, enabling a diverse expert input to ensure requirements are always met at a high level.'

'David Naylor provides outstanding support and always ensures the right level of expertise is available to help clients as and when needed. He is empathetic through the challenges clients face, whilst providing robust and clear advice.'

Key Clients

Microsoft

Vodafone

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Telefonica

Wisetech Global

Expedia

William Hill

Wipro

Fox Networks

Jaguar Land Rover

The National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme

BoardEx

Elonex

The Street, Inc

Starz Entertainment

UCAS

Pokerstars

Apricot (formerly MicroGaming)

Playtech

Acute Art

Perform Group

DataCore

Work highlights

  • Acted for Microsoft in several matters including an enforcement matter in the IPEC relating to one of its games brand.
  • Instructed by DataCore to advise across the full spectrum of UK and European commercial technology and privacy matters.
  • Advised Audience Trading Platform on several matters including GDPR compliance and a subject access request from an academic seeking to challenge and undermine the status of programmatic advertising.
  • Acted for B2B provider of gambling services, Playtech, on the renegotiation of its long-term software licensing and services deal with Fortuna.
  • Advised Snoot Entertainment on it acquisition of shares in Cloud Imperium Games.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Wiggin LLP

The 'first-class' practice at Wiggin LLP is highlighted for its expertise across brand and online content protection and design law matters, in addition to its experience in patent litigation and commercial IP advice. 'Trade mark expert' Anna Carboni heads up the team and handles a range of trade mark, design and copyright disputes and strategic advice. Litigator Sara Ashby combines design law expertise, significant experience in patent disputes and knowledge of parallel imports, while Simon Baggs focuses on the protection of online content. Other names to note include commercial IP partner Simon Chalkley, and Rachel Alexander, who 'has an in-depth knowledge of UK and EU jurisprudence in the area of copyright'.

Practice head(s):Anna Carboni

Other key lawyers:Sara Ashby; Simon Baggs; Simon Chalkley; Rachel Alexander

Testimonials

'The Wiggin IP team members deserve their reputation as copyright experts; all members are engaged, responsive and hard working..'

'Rachel Alexander is agile and accommodating when it comes to being available to discuss and address issues that crop up during the course of a case.'

'Rachel Alexander has an unflappability, which is very reassuring in litigation. She has the ability to be in the detail, while also keeping strategic oversight.'

'Victoria Gyles is very bright, diligent and pragmatic.'

Key Clients

Endemol Shine Group

Microsoft Corporation

Gucci

3M

Hozelock

Motion Picture Association

MacGregor Healthcare

Richemont

Warner Music UK Limited & Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Vans Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Warner Music UK and Sony Music Entertainment UK in High Court proceedings against TuneIn.
  • Representing Cartier International, Montblanc-Simplo and Richemont International in an appeal to the UK Supreme Court brought by BT and EE relating to two website blocking orders.
  • Acting for Endemol Shine Group on its centrally managed portfolio of trade marks worldwide.
  • Defended MacGregor Healthcare in patent infringement proceedings relating to medical devices, particularly urinary catheters.
  • Acted for Hozelock in patent infringement and validity proceedings against Blue Gentian.
Leading individuals

Anna Carboni - Wiggin LLP

Sara Ashby - 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 has a 'wealth of talent' for media and entertainment sector mandates, where it handles contentious and non-contentious matters. The team offers expertise across advertising, marketing, sponsorship, film, TV, content distribution and transmission, corporate, content protection and litigation, computer games, technology, music, publishing, interactive content and media finance. Among the 'fantastic team'; Sean James specialises in the creation, acquisition, licensing and distribution of content, as well as broadcast advertising; Charles Moore specialises in film and television production, financing and distribution; Medwyn Jones advises on the development, finance, production and distribution of television programmes, and also handles sponsorship and broadcasting issues; Neil Gillard is active across film and television production, finance and distribution; Chris Hanson is a media finance expert and led advice for MUFG Union Bank on a loan for the financing of the production of the next film in the Kingsman series; and David Quli is instructed by financiers, producers and distributors on the financing of films, television programmes, video games and music. Elsewhere, Paul Gardner is 'incredibly knowledgeable on the computer game sector'; Daniel Whybrew is 'strong on TV and film financing work'; and Sarah MacDonald, who was recently promoted to partner, heads the advertising, marketing and sponsorship team.

Practice head(s):Sarah MacDonald; Sean James; Charles Moore; David Quli; Neil Gillard; Sean James; Michael Brader; Caroline Kean; Alan Owens; Paul Gardner; Simon Baggs; Alexander Ross; Adrian Jones

Other key lawyers:Ross Sylvester; Ciaran Hickey; Gurminder Panesar; Chris Hanson; Medwyn Jones; Daniel Whybrew; Gráinne McKenna; Alexander Lea; Chris Hammond; Matthew Dando; Alexander Ross; David Naylor; Shaun Lowde; Chris Elliott; Rachel Alexander; Flora Greenwood; Claire Livingstone; Victoria Gyles

Testimonials

The team offers in-depth expertise across a range of media and entertainment sub-sectors.

The firm's computer gaming experience is exceptional.

It has well-regarded experts for film and TV financing.

Key Clients

Addison Global (MoPlay)

UKTV

Perform Group/ DAZN

NBC Universal

PokerStars

Elonex

News Corp UK

LeoVegas

Gamer Network

Sony

Netflix

Disney / ABC

Apple

Paramount Pictures

Sony Pictures

Warner Media (Warner Bros; HBO; Warner Horizon; Turner)

NBC Universal (Universal Studios; Focus Features)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Amazon Studios

CBS Studios International

Gamer Network

Playtech

Perform Group

William Hill

Elonex

The National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme

Appiness

Addison Global (Moplay)

Acute Art

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

Sony Music Entertainment UK

Warner Music UK

PRS for Music

Downtown Music Publishing

One Media iP Group

Rockstar Games

Joss Stone

Sony Interactive Entertainment

eOne

Soundmouse

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tido

Associated Newspapers Limited

News UK (including The Sun and Dow Jones)

Ocean Media

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

Archant

HarperCollins

Elsevier

Audible (an Amazon company)

Work highlights

  • Addison Global on its shirt sponsorship and affiliation deal with Watford for its MoPlay betting app.
  • Advised Fulwell73 on its part-sale to US media conglomerate, Valance Media.
  • Acted for Gerard Piqué on his investment into The Players Tribune.
  • Advising Gamer Network on all aspects of its sale to Reed POP.
  • Advised Downtown Music Publishing on the acquisition of the Salli Isaak music publishing catalogue.
Leading individuals
Next Generation Partners

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP's sports group specialises in advising media organisations in the sector on distribution deals and rights acquisitions, and representing betting companies and rights holders in various partnership and data exploitation matters. The team works with clients such as governing bodies and broadcasters on the regulatory constraints around traditional and emerging forms of media and entertainment and represents them in contentious cases relating to areas such as libel, reputation management and breach of contract. Practice head Ross Sylvester specialises in sports rights acquisition and distribution, advising major clients such as Virgin Media, Kosmos and DAZN on high value deals in the sector. Associate Sarah MacDonald, who leads on sponsorship, advertising and marketing, recently acted for international footballers Gerard Pique and Kaka in two lucrative corporate and commercial deals.

Practice head(s):Ross Sylvester

Other key lawyers:Sarah MacDonald

Key Clients

DAZN Group / Perform / Opta

Manchester United / Manchester United TV

Racecourse Media Group

PGA Tour

Our Star Club

Gerard Piqué

Virgin Media

PokerStars/BetStars

Digital Sports Mgmt

Kaká

Work highlights

  • Advising DAZN on a range of content acquisitions.
  • Advising Manchester United on distribution arrangements relating to the MUTV Channel.
  • Advised Addison Global on their shirt sponsorship and affiliation deal with Watford for their MoPlay betting app.
  • Advised Marathonbet on their global betting partnership with Manchester City.
  • Acted for Gerard Piqué on his investment into The Players Tribune.
Leading individuals

Ross Sylvester - Wiggin LLP

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