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Loeb & Loeb LLP

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Paul Swanson

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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

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: transactional

Within: Media and entertainment: transactional

Loeb & Loeb LLP's media and entertainment practice boasts experience which spans the motion picture, music, theater, reality television and emerging technology sectors. In recent work highlights, the team assisted Alcon Television Group with an agreement with Amazon to pick up the fourth season of The Expanse and advised Annapurna Pictures with the formation of its joint venture with MGM and a $350m senior secured revolving credit facility with JP Morgan Chase Bank. Los Angeles-based Scott Edel, who jointly heads the team alongside Roger Arar in New York, led the advice to Tencent Pictures regarding its agreements with Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox in connection with the financing and distribution of The Terminator sequel. Key names to note include Ivy Kagan Biermaem in Los Angeles for employment work; New York-based Marc Chamlin, who counts Oprah Winfrey and actress Glenn Close among his clients; John Frankenheimer and Debra White, who are based in Los Angeles and New York respectively, for music industry transactions; and New York-based partners Carol Kaplan and Stefan Schick for theater work. Following several departures to Paul Hastings LLP, the team benefits from the arrivals of Paul Swanson in Los Angeles from Irell & Manella LLP, and three Chicago-based partners from Winston & Strawn LLP, including advertising experts Brian Heidelberger and Monique Bhargava, and data and privacy lawyer Robert Newman.

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