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CORPORATE

Position

Robert E. Freeman is a partner in Proskauer’s Corporate Department, co-head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group and a member of the Sports Law Group.

For over two decades, Rob has helped to structure and negotiate the transactions that shape the way consumers access and view content. As the co-head of Proskauer’s TMT group, Rob leads a team of attorneys focused on media, sports, entertainment and technology, representing clients such as Discovery, Hulu, Altice USA, Cox Communications, fuboTV, DISH/Sling, Spectrum Networks, AMC Networks, NBA Media, NFL Media, and Urban One. Rob’s work for these clients includes a broad array of corporate transactions ranging from the negotiation of complex media and sports rights and content distribution agreements, including over both traditional (e.g., cable, satellite, telco) and digital (e.g., Internet, wireless) platforms, to the creation of joint ventures, strategic alliances and complex commercial licensing arrangements and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, Rob also has advised multiple clients on first-of-their-kind transactions related to sports betting.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Proskauer Rose LLP has good credentials across a wide variety of technology and e-commerce transactions. The team’s experience spans most established technologies and it has developed especially good expertise in emerging areas such as blockchain, biometrics and big data. The workload includes corporate support on M&A, joint ventures and financings, as well as standalone mandates such as production, distribution, rights and licensing agreements. Other core industry groups include financial services, healthcare and media and entertainment. Jeffrey Neuburger and Robert Freeman jointly lead the team from New York, with strong support from recently promoted partner Wai Choy.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional

With an active practice in New York, the team at Proskauer Rose LLP focuses its expertise on the corporate side of media and entertainment and content distribution transactions. Co-head Robert Freeman is an expert in structuring complex transactions and in a recent highlight negotiated multi-year distribution agreements between Cox Communications and ViacomCBS. His fellow co-head Lauren Boglivi is a specialist in media content matters and represented Hearst Magazines in its sale of the US edition of Marie Claire to British publisher Future. Their peer and co-head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks is a litigator with particular expertise pertaining to music industry matters. Finally, co-head Jeffrey Neuburger expands the firm’s scope through his focus on the intersection of technology, media, and IP. Will Chuchawat in Los Angeles, who focuses on middle market transactions, joined from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in February 2021.

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

The telecoms & broadcast team of Proskauer Rose LLP position themselves at the forefront of digital distribution, handling matters pertaining to traditional internet platforms and emerging OTT services such as Hulu, AMC Networks, and fuboTV and recently advised on industry-shaping M&A  for Discovery and ForgeLight. Headquartered in New York, the practice is led by Lauren Boglivi, Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, Robert Freeman, and Jeffrey Neuburger. Will Chuchawat is an active dealmaker within the team, while Vishnu Shankar joined from Sidley Austin LLP in April 2021.