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Norton Rose Fulbright

Oliver Stacey

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Corporate, M&A and Securities


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Norton Rose Fulbright's blue-chip client base includes GlaxoSmithKline, Carlsberg and HSBC. Raj Karia leads the team, which assists clients with negotiating manufacturing and supply agreements, collaboration arrangements and services agreements. It also advises on matters such as contract process management (including contracts involving complex procurement and tendering processes), brand exploitation (through franchising and sponsorship) and smart contracts. In 2017, Christopher (Chris) Grieves advised Harlequin Football Club (Harlequins) on an agreement to become a strategic partner and minority shareholder in Rugby International Marketing (RIM), the commercial subsidiary of USA Rugby, as well as in digital video platform The Rugby Channel. Another notable individual is Oliver Stacey, who was the lead adviser to Vodafone in a high-profile partnership with CityFibre to deliver a full-fibre internet service to one million homes by 2021. Also recommended are James Russell, Michael (Mike) Knapper, Marcus Evans and senior associate Zayed Al Jamil.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'commercial, practical and user friendly' technology group at Norton Rose Fulbright attracts praise for its 'industry knowledge' and 'quality advice during very tight time frames'. Sean Murphy heads up the technology and innovation team and Oliver Stacey leads the telecoms department. 'Strong negotiator' James Russell boasts 'strong understanding of the industry' and a 'commercial mindset', and led a team acting for AIG Europe on its blockchain-enabled platform for the purchase of trade finance receivables from a global logistics company. Vodafone, McLaren Applied Technologies and HSBC are all clients of the practice.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a range of transactions, including complex cross-border M&A, joint ventures, network sharing and outsourcing. It also advises on IP, global regulation, disputes, licence bids, privatisations, brand management, financing and investment for clients across the broadcasting, film, print, publishing, live entertainment, online media, music, sports and advertising sectors. Highlights included Harlequin Football Club on its agreement to become a minority shareholder and strategic partner in USA Rugby’s commercial subsidiary Rugby International Marketing (RIM) and in the governing body’s digital video platform, The Rugby Channel (TRC). The team is also acting for Trinity Mirror on the proposed acquisition of Northern & Shell’s publishing assets for £126.7m; and advised Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company on the sale by Thomson Reuters Corporation of a majority stake in its financial and risk business. The team also manages the global trade mark portfolio of Aardman Animations. Key figures include Ian Lopez, who handles corporate mandates in the media sector; Christopher Pearson, who is experienced in corporate finance transactions; Jonathan Ball, who co-heads the IP disputes practice; and Oliver Stacey, who handles corporate and commercial mandates. IP lawyer Huw Evans and of counsel Clare Jackman are also noted. Michael (Mike) Knapper heads the communications, media and entertainment team, in addition to heading the IP practice in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

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