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87-91 NEWMAN STREET, LONDON, W1T 3EY, ENGLAND
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Work 020 3206 2700
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Peter Weiss

Tel:
Work 020 3206 2700
Email:
Simons Muirhead & Burton

Work Department

Corporate and commercial

Position

Partner and head of the corporate and commercial department. Advises start-ups, lenders and institutional clients, as well as family offices, owner operated businesses and those in the media and entertainment, fashion and retail industries; provides specialist strategic corporate and property finance advice, M&A and joint ventures and has specialist experience on advising on complex partnership issues (in particular LLPs). Chairs the firm’s Social Responsibility Group and works with a number of national and international charities. Acts as non-executive director for several Sport England subsidiaries including the National Sports Trust Council responsible for implementing the media campaign, This Girl Can. Peter is also a trustee of the International Centre for Social Franchising.

Career

Trained NabarroNathanson; qualified 2000; assistant NabarroNathanson; assistant then associate Davenport Lyons 2001-06; partner 2007; partner Simons Muirhead and Burton 2013 to date.

Languages

French.

Education

Vassar College, New York (BA English); College of Law, London (CPE; LPC).

Leisure

Writing, cycling, tennis.


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Media, technology and events are core sector strengths for Simons Muirhead & Burton’s practice, which is jointly led by Peter Weiss and Simon Goldberg. Highlights included Weiss advising Stagwell UK Holdings, a subsidiary of a US-based digital marketing investment group, on the acquisition of Forward 3D Group, a UK digital marketing agency with subsidiaries located around the world; Neal Hodges acting for Banijay UK on the acquisition of media production company 7Wonder; and Natalie Wright assisting UK property consultancy Investments. The team has a number of corporate finance houses among its clients; Hodges and Weiss acted for Atlantic Leaf on the £71m acquisition of 45% of the units in a Guernsey property unit trust and 50% of the shares in a Guernsey management vehicle. Other clients include PEX Software, First Access Entertainment, Duck Soup Films and Bryter.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Franchising

Within: Franchising

Simons Muirhead & Burton represents a number of household names such as Selfridges, Urban Outfitters and Dennis Publishing. Maninder Gill  leads the team and has extensive experience in the retail, publishing and education sectors. Also recommended are Natalie Wright , Peter Weiss  and associate Anne Rose.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Simons Muirhead & Burton¬†regularly handles contentious and non-contentious mandates for media and entertainment sector clients and has significant expertise across film and TV, publishing, sports and music. Simon Goldberg, who is noted for his publishing expertise, and Razwana Akram¬†head the film and TV department, and advised California-based production and finance company Automatik Entertainment and Violet Dreams on the production, finance and distribution of feature film, Teen Spirit. Akram also advised Nutopia on production matters during the development of two proposed series‚Äô for Netflix. Stephen Shotnes¬†heads the film disputes department and defended the Future Film Group on a claim brought by Copthall Ltd regarding the financing of Hollywood film, Odd Thomas. Peter Weiss¬†leads on digital media matters and advised Renowned Films on an investment by US company Critical Content and the sale of its shares owned by Channel 4. Richard Baskind¬†heads the music department and advised Good Soldier Records‚Äô arrangements with Kobalt Label Services for the physical and digital distribution of Good Soldier Records‚Äô repertoire in North, Central and South America; and negotiated an agreement for DJ Alan Walker to become a brand ambassador for electronic dance label, Liquid State. Martin Soames¬†is noted for his publishing expertise and advises Simon & Schuster UK and Penguin Random House on a range of pre-publication clearance issues. The key figures include consultant Alasdair George, who is active in music transactions; Marc Sobol, who leads the broadcasting and sports media department; senior associate Blaise Gaymer, who is active across publishing and digital media work; senior associate Jonny Petch¬†who is ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô; consultant Damien Yare, who recently joined from Warner Music UK; and senior associate James Greenslade, who specialises in film and TV work. Charles Law has left the firm.

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