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Loeb & Loeb LLP
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Chair, Entertainment Finance


Paul Swanson focuses his law practice on diversified corporate, intellectual property and entertainment-related financing transactions.

Chair of the firm’s Entertainment Finance Practice, Paul negotiates complex financings for the production and distribution of a wide range of media, including motion pictures, television programs, video games and digital content. He represents leading financial institutions, investment banks, independent production companies, producers and others in structuring and administering multi-tranche debt and equity credit facilities, co-productions, co-financings, single-project production loans, and other financings. He has also participated in multibillion-dollar media merger and acquisition and securitization transactions and advises clients on an array of bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

With a strong background in copyright and entertainment-industry specific issues, Paul also regularly advises his clients in connection with video game, visual effects, motion capture, digital media, software and technology licensing transactions as well as marketing, sponsorship and merchandising agreements.


University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.
St. John’s University, B.A., magna cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Scott Edel in Los Angeles heads the bi-coastal entertainment practice at Loeb & Loeb LLP, which advises on all sides of production, financing, and distribution deals in the film, television, and digital content sectors. The firm also has significant experience in the music industry; LA-based John Frankenheimer leads a team with established expertise acting for labels, talent, and in the live music and events space. On the east coast, key names include television practice chair Marc Chamlin, whose client list includes high-profile networks, talent, and production companies. Stefan Schick and Carol Kaplan, both of whom operate from the New York office, have notable expertise in the live theatre area, advising on licensing adaptations for the stage, financing, and related IP issues. In 2019 Andrew Kramer and entertainment finance specialist Paul Swanson joined the LA office from Global Entertainment Strategies and Irell & Manella LLP  respectively, while music specialist Derek Crownover joined the firm’s Nashville office from Dickinson Wright PLLC.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

Acting for public and private companies, and a variety of private investors, Irell & Manella LLP is noted for its broad-base expertise in M&A, LBOs, securities transactions, and public company issues including corporate governance counseling. The group’s recent work demonstrates its work across a number of key industries, though the team has been most active handling private equity transactions and fundraisings for clients focusing on the software sector. The transactions practice is jointly led by Gregory Klein and Ashok Mukhey, who together have experience of a wide variety of strategic corporate transactions, buyouts and public and private financing deals. Paul Swanson left the team for Loeb & Loeb LLP. All named parters are based in Los Angeles.