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Tony Littner

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Corporate partner and head of the venture capital group specialising in providing strategic corporate and commercial advice to growing entrepreneurial businesses, angel and super angel investors, and venture capital funds. He also handles a broad range of company/commercial work including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, advising clients particularly from the media and entertainment, communications and technology sectors.


Trained Herbert Smith LLP, 2003-05; qualified 2003; Harbottle & Lewis LLP, 2005-present.


Haberdashers Askes School for Boys, Elstree; College of Law, University of Birmingham (1999, LLP Law (First class)).


Running, football, cinema, theatre.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Harbottle & Lewis LLP acts for a number of owned-managed businesses, including high-profile companies such as Skype and Virgin Atlantic, in the technology, media, communications, entertainment, leisure and aviation industries, among others. Colin Howes and Tim Parker lead the practice; Parker recently advised longstanding client Victoria Beckham Limited on a £30m investment into the company from private equity firm NEO Investment Partners. Other highlights included Mark Phillips acting for international performance marketing agency Forward Dimension Capital on its acquisition by The Stagwell Group; Rhys Llewellyn advising the shareholders of Make It Cheaper Group, a business price comparison service, on an investment in the company made by private equity firm ECI Partners; Tony Littner assisting social intelligence company Runtime Collective with its acquisition of BuzzSumo; and Charles Lévêque advising the shareholders of language services provider Translate Plus on the sale of the company to Prodigious. Atomico Investments, Forward Internet Group, ISAM and Bounce Ping Pong are also clients.

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Leveraging the expertise of the firm's IP and technology teams, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is well-placed to provide an excellent service to entrepreneurial media and technology businesses throughout their investment lifecycle. 'Very impressive' team head Tony Littner is regularly at the forefront of the most significant matters handled by the team including the recent work for fintech company, Smart Pension, on its £15m Series B round of investment and his representation of RSRCHXchange, a cloud-based marketplace and MiFID ii workflow solution for accessing institutional research, on its strategic investment from Euclid Opportunities, NEX Group’s financial technology investment business. Although the firm is better known for its work on behalf of investees, it does handle a not insignificant flow of investor mandates, as exemplified by Charles Lévêque's recent work for Kairos Ventures on its Series A investment in Neuro-Bio, a biotechnology company developing innovative treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.

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  • Account of profits v damages: when and why does it matter?

    Since 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC(Hendrix) and Times Newspapers Ltd (Times) have been litigating over the intellectual property rights (IPR) in a recording of a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. In September 2006 Times distributed a free CD, or covermount, with each edition of The Sunday Times . A claim was issued against Times in March 2007 for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. In March 2008 the High Court held that Times had infringed the IPR in the recording and Hendrix elected to have an inquiry as to damages in respect of that infringement. The case has given rise to some complex issues as to the basis for the quantification of damages, and the inquiry is due to be heard next year, but the case is also a reminder of more general considerations in relation to remedies in IPR cases, and why the basis for quantification of those remedies can have far reaching consequences for a successful claimant.

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