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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Work 020 7283 6000
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Ian Lopez

Work 44 20 7444 5625
Norton Rose Fulbright

Work Department

Corporate, M&A and Securities


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Norton Rose Fulbright's multi-disciplined practice has a client roster which includes big names such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Bayer. IP expert Huw Evans leads the team and recently defended Oxford Nanopore Technologies against patent infringement claims brought by Pacific Biosciencs of California regarding DNA sequencing technology. Michael (Mike) Knapper also works on IP matters, predominantly non-contentious, while Jonathan Ball focuses mainly on IP and technology disputes. Also recommended are corporate finance specialist Milana Chamberlain, product liability expert Caroline May and corporate lawyers Ian Lopez and Gareth Kendall.

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