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Charles Lévêque

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Corporate finance and media finance


Advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions, shareholder arrangements, fundraisings (both on and off market) including transactions involving small to mid-cap listed companies. Has advised the Forward Internet Group on its sale of uSwitch to Lloyds Development Capital and Locksmith Animation on its investment by Elizabeth Murdock. Has spoken widely on alternative finance (including crowdfunding) and has advised Eiffel eCapital on a series of loans to alternative finance platforms. He also frequently advises SMEs on debt and/or equity fundraisings (including using the Enterprise Investment Scheme).


  • trained, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; qualified 2004
  • corporate associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London 2004-06; corporate associate, Paris 2006-07
  • associate, Harbottle & Lewis London 2007-09; senior associate 2009-12; partner 2012.


  • French (fluent)
  • Spanish
  • Italian (basic)


  • EIS Association
  • Franco-British Lawyers’ Association
  • British Screen Advisory Council


  • Berkhamsted School
  • Kings College London and Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2000 LLB Law and French Law (2(1)) and Maitrise en droit Français (equivalent 2(1))

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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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is active across publishing, music, film and TV, theatre, gaming and digital media mandates. It also boasts strong media financing capabilities. Mark Phillips is experienced in video gaming and co-heads the interactive entertainment team with Alan Moss, who specialises in the financing of video games; he regularly advises leading publishers, financiers and developers, and also handles commercial and IP related matters. Clients in this space include Microsoft, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, Square Enix, Cloud Imperium Games and The Pokémon Company International. Abigail Payne is active across film and television development, production, financing and distribution, and heads the media finance team, which includes Charles Lévêque and associate Katrien Roos. TV and film department head Jonathan Berger acts for a number of Hollywood studios, broadcasters, major independent producers, distributors and financiers and advised Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF), alongside Moss, as production and financing counsel on the independent feature film Juliet, Naked. Sarah Lazarides  regularly acts as production counsel on films and television programmes, and Peter Armstrong acts for major US studios on film and television matters. Associates Harriet Stone, Louis Huglin and Clare Zucker are also key members of the TV and film department. Chloe Forsyth heads the music team, which includes consultant George Babbington, and continues to act for James Ford on his producer arrangements with artists. Theatre team head Neil Adleman is advising the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on its transfer to Broadway and Australia; and advised the producers of Young Frankenstein on rights, corporate and contractual issues. Shireen Peermohamed leads the publishing practice, which includes senior associate Alex Hardy, and acts for clients such as Hachette UK Publishing Group, Bloomsbury, Egmont and The Publishers Association. Recently promoted partner Michael Lister specialises in eSports and Kostyantyn Lobov, who handles IP and advertising issues affecting clients in the games industry, has been promoted to senior associate. Sacha Wilson joined in 2018 from Bristows LLP. Rebecca Collard has moved to an in-house role.

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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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