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Simon Levine

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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IPT (IP, media and sport).


Simon Levine is the managing partner and global co-CEO of DLA Piper. He is a leading practitioner in IP litigation, media and sport. During his legal career, Simon has had extensive experience in intellectual property, media and sports law, advising on all aspects of copyright, design rights, trade mark rights, passing off, breach of confidence and patents. He has acted for well-known individuals, trusts and charities, and companies in many industries, in particular media, new media, sport and manufacturing. A number of these matters have been reported and have been the subject of media interest. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine named Simon in its inaugural 'IAM 250 – A Guide to the World's Leading IP Strategists', and he currently lectures on IP at Imperial College Business School.


Solicitor, Frere Cholmeley Bischoff 1988-1998 (partner 1997); partner, head of technology, media and telecoms, Denton Wilde Sapte 1998-2005; global head of intellectual property and technology group, DLA Piper 2005; co-managing director for groups and sectors 2012-2014; managing partner, global co-CEO DLA Piper International 2015 to date. Publications of note: lecturer at Imperial College Business Schooll co-author of the book 'Frere Cholmeley's Guide to the Companies Act'; co-editor of intellectual property and information technology section of PLC Magazine (Editorial Committee); panel contributor for World Copyright Law Report; editorial board member for IP and IT Law Weekly.


The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation (TIPLO); International Trade Mark Association (INTA); IP committee of the City of London Law Society (CLLS); IP committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA); Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA); director Romulus Films Ltd, Remus Films Ltd.


Hymers College, Hull; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA (Hons) Law 1987; MA (Hons) Law 1990); senior exhibitioner.


Travel, cinema, Arsenal Football Club.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

DLA Piper's clients include Macmillan, NBC Universal and Al Jazeera. Ruth Hoy  and Claire Sng  focus on defamation, privacy and breach of confidence matters. Duncan Calow  is 'highly experienced in advising on defamation and privacy matters in e-publishing and digital content'. Andrew Smith, Simon Levine and Richard Taylor advise on defamation disputes for entities ranging from individuals to major corporates.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

DLA Piper is active across mandates in the film, TV, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, theatre and publishing arenas. The sports sector is also a key focus; the team continues to advise the Football Association Premier League on several matters, and advised The English Football League on the global sale of media rights. It is also advising Badminton World Federation (BWF) on its appointment of Infront Sports & Media to provide media rights sales services and sponsorship rights sales services relating to BWF Tournaments until 2025. Duncan Calow is experienced in a range of publishing matters and has expertise in digital media, interactive entertainment, gaming, digital content, advertising and marketing. Other standout individuals include John Wilks, who acts on a range of advertising, marketing and promotions matters; Nicholas West, who is active across broadcasting matters and the audio-visual exploitation of content; and John Cloke, who advises content owners and distributors on commercial, copyright and regulatory issues. International corporate head and M&A practice co-chair Bob Bishop, Nick Fitzpatrick, who is global co-chair of the media, sport and entertainment sector group, and global co-CEO of the firm Simon Levine are also recommended, as are Patrick Mitchell and M&A practice co-chair Jon Kenworthy.

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Within: Sport

The 'excellent' team at DLA Piper is 'fast, well-organised and highly skilled'; it has cross-border capabilities and is particularly experienced in football, horseracing and motorsports. Major media rights transactions are a distinguishing strength: John Cloke acted for the Premier League on its sale of the audio-visual rights to the 2019-'20 and 2021-'22 football seasons, including a lucrative rights agreement for the Chinese market. 'Highly professional' group head Nick Fitzpatrick assisted the British Horseracing Authority with the long-awaited reform of the Horserace Betting Levy, and on the commercial side acted for Football DataCo on its data licensing strategy. He also advised Rakuten on its shirt sponsorship with Barcelona FC. Financing work is another strength of the department: Paul Gray advised Goldman Sachs Bank USA, HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on their £425,000 financing of Tottenham Hotspur FC's new stadium. The 'legally knowledgeable, commercially astute' Ruth Hoy is 'a pleasure to work with'; fellow IP expert John Wilks is 'very careful and thorough'. Simon Levine and Patrick Mitchell are also recommended.

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