Media, Sports & Entertainment Law

Media, Sport & Entertainment law is an area that requires expert tax and legal professionals with sound knowledge of the industries across global jurisdictions. We are experienced working in the areas of TV, film, media, news, sports, entertainment, providing quick, creative and simple solutions.

Media, Sports and Entertainment Law

Our team has global expertise in Media, Sport & Entertainment law in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. From start-ups to well-established global businesses, we have in-depth knowledge of the key tax and legal matters relevant to the sector and are discreet, conscientious, and flexible at all times.

We have represented important names in the international media, concluded many high-profile deals with premier league clubs, and advise the global entertainment and TV industries.

Media Law

Our media law department has the ability and resources to advise on complex and cross-jurisdictional legal issues and has in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of the industry. We also have expertise in social media law which is gaining more prominence across a range of areas, as the various social media platforms evolve.

Our Media Law team advised on all the legal and tax implications of a joint venture between Integral Media group and Arianna Huffington at Huffington Post to publish HuffPost Arabi.

We were part of the largest intellectual property paradigm shift in the media world by advising Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and Grupo PRISA.  The disruptions of social media and digital journalism changed forever, and intellectual property law as we knew it, and we were at the heart of that change.

Other media clients include Grupo PRISA, the largest media group in the Spanish-speaking world (2013-2018) where our team helped in securing and negotiating a capital investment by Qatari investor Sheikh Khalid al Thani for Grupo PRISA, which exceeded €120m.

Our specialist Media Law team also advised AS, the largest sports newspaper in the Spanish-speaking world (2016-2017) on setting up AS in Arabic and representing AS in a joint venture between Grupo PRISA and the Qatari media group, Dar Al Sharq.

Our services include:

  • Tax advice on media agreements
  • International restructuring and valuation of intellectual property holdings
  • Trademarks, patents, brand and copyright protection and licensing strategies, including agreements and special purchase vehicles for intellectual property holdings
  • Domains and branding dispute resolution services
  • Private equity and fundraising
  • Publishing and advertising
  • Claims for defamation and breach of confidence/ privacy

Sports Law

In Sports Law, we provide specialist legal advice for sports clubs, owners, sponsors, agents and sportsmen. We were involved in the negotiation of La Liga’s TV rights with international sporting channels, as well as advising Tottenham Hotspurs and Valencia CF on sponsorship deals.

An international law firm with offices in Spain and the UK, we have sound knowledge of the Middle East and Latam markets, and work with international federations, professional leagues and sports clubs, advising on all aspects of professional sport and challenges that may arise.

Our team comprises dedicated specialists who have extensive expertise in Sports Law. We are a go-to firm for sports-related matters including (but not limited to), handling player and stadium contracts, sponsorships, media and naming rights, regulatory, competition law and dispute resolution.

Our services include:

  • Tax advice on Sport agreements
  • Corporate and commercial arrangements
  • Employment and contract law
  • Sponsorship deals
  • Regulatory and competition law
  • Intellectual Property and naming rights

Entertainment Law

Our specialist Entertainment Law department has advised production and distribution companies, screenwriters and directors. This sector is particularly dependant on the protection of intellectual property rights and professional legal advice should always be obtained at an the initial stages before entering into any commercial agreements.

We advised on the acquisition and restructuring of Gulf Film, the largest film distribution company in the Middle East, as well as project managing the re-brand of Grand Cinemas, creating the Novo Cinema franchise in the Gulf, the largest Cinema chain in the Middle East.

I have had the pleasure of working with León Fernando on several legal projects and have truly appreciated his responsiveness and follow up, his legal insight, expertise and in-depth knowledge. Leon is a consummate professional in every sense of the word”.

–Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Novo Cinema CEO, UAE. Listed as one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women in the Arab World 2019 – Middle East Female CEO of the Year 2018

From drafting and negotiating heads of terms and non-disclosure agreements to executing transactions in the most tax-efficient ways and dealing with conflict resolution, we add real value for our clients in the Entertainment industry.

Our services include:

  • Private equity and fundraising
  • Start-ups and company formation
  • Franchising
  • Mergers, sales and acquisitions
  • Tax planning, audits and compliance
  • Intellectual property, branding and copyright matters
  • Dispute Resolution

How can we help you?

Del Canto Chambers offers a turnkey project management approach with a full-service support solution, including decision-making protocols and timelines. The partner in the original engagement stays involved throughout the work to ensure you experience a seamless service. That connection provides consistency and intimate client knowledge, expertise and proactive advisory services.

As members of The Leading Edge Alliance, we work with local auditing firms assisting with tax audits and general compliance. We work collaboratively with LEA Global firms, with a strong focus on client service.

Get in Touch

Del Canto Chambers specialists are constantly up to date with new legislative changes and aware of any tax and legal implications. Contact our Media, Sport & Entertainment specialists to find out how we can put our experience to good use in your circumstances.

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