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Chris Gossage

Tel:
Work 020 7439 8692
Email:
Russells Solicitors

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Partner

Career

Chris joined Russells in 1999 as a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Chris now heads Russells’ Corporate Department as well as specialising in all commercial transaction work in music and television. His ability to combine experience of high value corporate transactions with a detailed knowledge of the intricacies of the music business is a rare commodity and highly valued by clients.

He has acquired a reputation for clear and concise analysis as well as calm and thorough advice, preparation and negotiation in the highly pressurised world of corporate transactions. In addition to his work in advising on investments, joint venture, shareholder and partnership arrangements, and the selling and acquisition of companies, he also enjoys advising on anything related to the entertainment industry and regularly advises major and independent record companies, publishers and executives, as well as entities and individuals active in the worlds of merchandising, touring, investment, digital and online rights, restaurant/pubs, theatre, film and television.


London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives

Within: Employment: employers and senior executives

Russells Solicitors’s team continues to act for high-profile senior executives across the media, entertainment and sports sectors, with an emphasis on the music industry. Group head John Reid and Simon Esplen led advice to the former vice presidents of Live Nation on their appointment as joint CEOs of AEG Presents. Gavin Maude assisted Mike Smith, former president of music at Universal Music, with his high-profile move to Warner/Chappell Music as managing director. Chris Organ and Chris Gossage are key names.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

Chris Gossage - Russells Solicitors (Music)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

A ‘leading light for music industry expertise’, Russells Solicitors acts for a range of high-profile clients in the music industry including record companies, publishers and producers, and agencies and artists on the full range of matters including live events, sponsorship, recording and publishing agreements, TV appearances, show agreements, private client, real estate, employment, disputes and corporate matters. Chris Organ represented Roger Waters of Pink Floyd on the negotiations surrounding his global music publishing deal with BMG. Steven Tregear advised Parlophone on its dispute with Radiohead concerning digital royalties. Brian Howard advised Duran Duran on a dispute with Gloucester Place Music over the US rights to its first three albums. Gavin Maude heads the artist department and advised Coldplay on negotiations surrounding its deal with the US NFL to perform the half-time show at the NFL Super Bowl. Jo Brittain is a specialist in working with new and up-and-coming artists and advised Clean Bandit on negotiations surrounding the clearance of the performer rights on the single Rockabye. Mark Sinnott is ‘one of the most experienced and knowledgeable music law advisers in the industry’ and advised Universal Music on the negotiation of the original soundtrack album rights licence from Universal Pictures in relation to the film Bridget Jones’s Baby. Team head Simon Esplen is an ‘excellent commercial music lawyer who fights very hard for his clients’; John Reid is also noted for contentious mandates. Chris Gossage is a ‘hugely experienced corporate lawyer who has the rare advantage of fully understanding the music industry’. Senior associate Ryan Vince is also recommended.

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