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Richard Baskind

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Simons Muirhead & Burton

Work Department

Music/media/commercial.

Position

Partner and head of Music. Specialising in all aspects of music and related businesses including established artists and songwriters, independent record labels, publishing companies and key industry executives, also experienced in handling music and related rights catalogue deals both from a commercial and corporate perspective. Key clients include major record companies and some of the most prominent independent publishing companies in the UK as well as many of the key executives within the industry.

Career

1996-98, trainee at Herbert Smith (including six month secondment at BskyB); 1998, solicitor at Thoedore Goddard in film department; 1999-2001, solicitor at Eatons solicitors (music department); 2001-04, solicitor at Mishcon de Reya (following merger with Eatons solicitors); 2004-11, managing director of Edge Legal Limited, a boutique music legal services practice.

Languages

French.

Education

Leeds Grammar School; Bristol University (1993, LLB); Bristol University (1994, LLM, international commercial law); College of Law, York (1995, LPC).

Leisure

Football, golf, music.


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Simons Muirhead & Burton's commercial contracts team is particularly highly regarded for its work in the retail, franchising, media and entertainment, IT/technology and publishing sectors. A significant proportion of the mandates handled by the group, which is led by Simon Goldberg, have an international angle. Maninder Gill, who 'thinks outside the box on all matters', advises on international franchising issues for fashion brands, restaurants and publishers. Marc Sobol, who heads up the firm's sports and broadcasting teams, acts for clients such as Econet Media (the largest telecoms company in Sub-Sahara Africa) and NBC Universal. Another notable individual is Richard Baskind, who handles a wide variety of commercial issues for clients in the music industry, including artists and songwriters, independent record labels and publishers, and industry executives. In 2017, Goldberg, Razwana Akram and senior associate Blaise Gaymer acted for California-based production and finance company Automatik Entertainment in the production, finance and distribution of feature film 'Teen Spirit'. In another matter, Baskind and others advised DJ Alan Walker and MER Recording on an agreement for Walker to be a brand ambassador for the electronic dance label Liquid State (a joint venture between Sony Music and China's Tencent Music). Simon Halberstam, and senior associates James Greenslade and Raoul Lumb, are among other recommended individuals.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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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