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Wiggin LLP

9TH FLOOR, MET BUILDING, 22 PERCY STREET, LONDON, W1T 2BU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7612 9612
Fax:
Fax 01242 224223
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Web:
www.wiggin.co.uk

Michael Brader

Tel:
Work +44 (0)20 7927 9679
Email:
Wiggin LLP

Work Department

Corporate and sport.

Position

Michael is a partner and co-head of the Media Corporate Group, and has more than 20 years experience focussed on the media and technology space. His clients, whom he advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues, include household names in the television, film, sport, broadcast and digital and technology sectors. Michael is widely recognised as the leading UK corporate adviser in the independent television production sector, working on sales and acquisitions of companies within that space, as well as on the formation and funding of new production ventures for both creative talent and investors. He is also well-known for his work in the sport sector and is a member of the editorial board of World Sports Law Report.

Career

Herbert Smith 1989-93; Ashurst 1993-94; Stephenson Harwood & Lo (Hong Kong) 1994-95; Olswang 1995-2006, partner 1998; Wiggin 2006 to present.

Member

British Association for Sport and Law; editorial board, World Sports Law Report.

Education

Bradfield College; Queens’ College, Cambridge; College of Law, Chester.

Leisure

Family; rugby; running; shooting.


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Wiggin LLP‚Äôs team is noted for its expertise in the media, technology and IP sectors. Michael Brader¬†leads the practice jointly with Adrian Jones; Brader, who has a strong reputation in independent TV production and sports matters, recently advised Perform on the acquisition of football player data business Scout 7, and Jones, who is also active in the TV sector, acted for Centaur Media on the ¬£16.5m share acquisition of lead-generation business Market Makers. David McLeish¬†and Ben Whitelock¬†specialise in gambling M&A transactions; McLeish acted for the founders of B2C gambling operator Royal Panda on the ‚ā¨120m sale of the group to LeoVegas and for software supplier Playtech on the ¬£50m share acquisition of Eyecon Games, a supplier of online gambling and social gaming slots software. Ciaran Hickey, who heads the firm‚Äôs high-growth technology group, assisted the sellers of Gamer Network with its sale to ReedPOP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Wiggin LLP¬†is commended for its ‚Äėgood commercial understanding‚Äô and is ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô across TV, film, music, publishing, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media and interactive content. Charles Moore¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with‚Äô and specialises in film and TV production, financing and distribution and advised Focus Features and Working Title, alongside new partner Grainne McKenna¬†who joined the TV and film department in 2017 from an in-house role, on numerous UK productions, which included feature films Darkest Hour, Johnny English 3, and the historical drama Mary Queen of Scots. Moore and¬†Chris Hanson¬†, who handles media finance work, advised Netflix on the production and financing aspects of all of its original UK productions. Neil Gillard¬†advised The Ink Factory on the production and financing of the feature film Hotel Artemis and David Quli¬†advised financier, Anton Capital, on The Drama Investment Partnership, a venture with BBC Worldwide under which Anton and BBC Worldwide will co-fund a number of British high-end drama TV projects. Daniel Whybrew¬†advised Bank of Montreal on its loan facilities and associated security to the producers of numerous high-end TV drama projects. Ross Sylvester¬†and Medwyn Jones¬†advised Virgin Media and its parent company, Liberty Global, on its commissioning arrangements for original content under its multi-year deal with All3Media. Michael Brader¬†handles corporate work in the independent TV production sector. Litigator Simon Baggs¬†and digital rights expert Alexander Ross¬†head the music team, which is active across rights protection, digital music rights, and international music licensees and also features Rachel Alexander, which is representing Warner Music UK and Sony Music Entertainment UK in High Court proceedings issued in against TuneIn, Inc. Ross, defamation and privacy litigator Caroline Kean¬†and Adrian Jones¬†head the publishing team, which handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Shaun Lowde¬†and David Naylor¬†lead the gaming, social media and interactive content team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Paul Gardner¬†from Osborne Clarke LLP, who specialises in the computer gaming industry. Lowde and Sean James¬†lead the advertising and marketing department, which acts for clients such as Telefonica, UKTV, Perform Group, NBC Universal and bet365. The firm¬†recently acquired IP firm Redd Solicitors LLP

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