London: Corporate and commercial
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
Michael Brader and Adrian Jones jointly lead at Wiggin LLP, where the practice focuses exclusively on the media sector. As well as advising on the sale of Love Productions to Sky, the team acted for Endemol on its acquisition of Artists’ Studio. Ciaran Hickey is ‘robust in discussions with counterparties’.
London: Crime, fraud and licensing
Gaming and betting
Jason Chess’ group at Wiggin LLP acted for GTech/Lottomatica on the corporate’s first UK public company acquisition. Other key clients include PokerStars/FullTilt, IGT and Betsson.
London: Dispute resolution
Defamation and privacy
Wiggin LLP’s team is led by the ‘formidable’ Caroline Kean, who defended News UK & Ireland against two separate sets of privacy claims, and whose other clients include Condé Nast. ‘Efficient and hands-on’ consultant Amali de Silva successfully applied to strike out a libel claim brought against Associated Newspapers. Bauer Consumer Media, Shortlist and Channel 4 are also clients.
London: Real estate
Focusing exclusively on media, with clients including Paramount, Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox, the team at Wiggin LLP – led by Matt Bullock – handled various acquisitions, relocations and leases in 2014.
London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Wiggin LLP has a significant in-house trade mark filing practice and has particular experience in handling online brand protection strategies. Simon Baggs represented Richemont when it sought a website blocking order against five major ISPs, and acted for Mattel in a community trade mark dispute with Zynga. Senior associate Gurminder Panesar’s highlights included advising Match.com on domain name acquisition.
At Wiggin LLP, the head of IP litigation Simon Baggs represented Richemont in its quest to require the five ISPs to block access to websites selling counterfeit goods, and continues to act for film studios wishing to prevent copyright infringement by websites. Gurminder Panesar is also recommended.
Media and entertainment
At Wiggin LLP, Charles Moore is ‘without a question a leading film and TV transactional lawyer’ and ‘one of the best in the UK’. Media, communications and technology practice head Sean James advised ITV on the launch of ITV Encore and the carriage of ITV’s channels and video on demand (VOD) service on Sky’s platforms. Other clients include Disney, Aardman Animations, HBO and Virgin Media. Medwyn Jones is a highly regarded practitioner for the television industry and Caroline Kean regularly advises publishing clients. Music industry specialist Simon Baggs and Shaun Lowde are also names to note.
Caroline Kean - Wiggin LLP (Publishing; litigation)
Charles Moore - Wiggin LLP (Film and TV)
Medwyn Jones - Wiggin LLP (Film and TV)
Sean James - Wiggin LLP (Broadcasting and digital carriage)
Wiggin LLP, according to one client, is ‘the expert and leader in the media finance field’. Highlights included Neil Gillard advising Union Bank on its loan facility to Absolutely Anything, and Charles Moore advising Aardman on the financing and security-related issues for Shaun The Sheep. David Quli ‘always produces fresh thought and finds solutions’. Daniel Whybrew is ‘a rising star’ with ‘a calm and reassuring manner’.
David Quli - Wiggin LLP
Neil Gillard - Wiggin LLP
Michael Brader heads the team at Wiggin LLP, which produces ‘an impressive level of service’, and advises rights agencies, governing bodies and organisations on the acquisition of sporting content. Clients recommend Ross Sylvester, who is ‘passionate about his subject and has a pragmatic approach’.
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Offices in London
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Gaming and betting
- Dispute resolution : Defamation and privacy
- Real estate : Commercial property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Brand management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media finance
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Sport