The Legal 500

Wiggin LLP

10TH FLOOR, MET BUILDING, 22 PERCY STREET, LONDON, W1T 2BU, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7612 9612
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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

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’.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Stephen Ketteley - Wiggin LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Defamation and privacy
Defamation and privacy - ranked: tier 2

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP’s team is led by the ‘formidableCaroline 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.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 7

Wiggin LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

Wiggin LLP

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.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

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.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Wiggin LLP

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.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

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.

Leading individuals

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)

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Media finance
Media finance - ranked: tier 1

Wiggin LLP

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 Qulialways produces fresh thought and finds solutions’. Daniel Whybrew is ‘a rising star’ with ‘a calm and reassuring manner’.

Leading individuals

David Quli - Wiggin LLP

Neil Gillard - Wiggin LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

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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