Entertainment, Sports & Media

Latham & Watkins lawyers are grounded in decades of experience across all sectors of entertainment, sports and media.

Why Latham

A Global, Full-Spectrum Practice

Latham’s practice combines decades of experience representing major industry players, unique market insights about the industries’ legal and financial drivers, and a seamless global platform to deliver sophisticated commercial advice on cutting-edge and high-stakes transactions and disputes around the world.

Media & Entertainment

Latham advises diversified global media companies, production and distribution houses, studios, digital and new media companies, iconic celebrities, licensors/rights holders and individual talent, as well investors and financiers leveraging the practice’s global reach and full-spectrum experience to help clients navigate:

  • Acquisitions and mergers, investments, formations, dispositions, and joint ventures related to talent, international entertainment, and media companies
  • Content licensing, development, production, acquisition, and distribution deals
  • Complex digital media and technology agreements
  • Disputes, claims, and government investigations related to parties ranging from individual talent to multinational companies
  • Television, radio, and new media transactions
  • Trademark and intellectual property licensing agreements
  • EU State Aid and Regulatory compliance including European Commission investigations
Sports

Latham advises traditional sports as well as esports teams, owners, and governing bodies, as well as financial institutions, investors, corporate sponsors, stadium developers, TV broadcasters, and digital distribution and over-the-top (OTT) platforms on their most important negotiations, transactions, and disputes — from team purchases and broadcast licensing to stadium matters and sponsorships. Specifically, Latham guides clients on:

  • Negotiating broadcast and new media rights agreements, corporate sponsorships and naming rights, and complex digital media and technology agreements
  • Complex M&A and joint venture transactions
  • Global financing across jurisdictions, including bank and capital markets
  • Major league sports matters involving international football (soccer), the Olympic Family, National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as other global leagues
  • Professional video game competition matters (eSports), including team acquisitions and sponsorships
  • Sports betting regulations, online gaming transactions, and traditional sports and gaming properties
  • Structuring sports-based television channels, new media platforms, and cross-border international operations
  • Sophisticated litigation strategies to address all dimensions of mitigating risk, addressing antitrust and other regulatory challenges, and successfully resolving high-stakes commercial disputes

Awards & Rankings

  • Two Latham Litigators Named Among California’s Top Women Lawyers - May 25, 2022
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media Team Shines in Variety's 2022 Legal Impact Report - April 28, 2022
  • Three Entertainment, Sports & Media Partners Named Industry Power Lawyers - March 30, 2022
  • Five Partners Again Named to Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers List - March 28, 2022
  • Latham Named M&A Group of the Year - January 24, 2022

Latham “has aptitude in a broad array of issues relating to the broadcasting and media space, including the acquisition of sports distribution rights.” Clients note that "Latham has, unquestionably, the preeminent entertainment practice,” and “they add huge value due to their depth of experience."

Chambers USA 2020

Media Coverage

Rising Star – Media & Entertainment: Rick OffsayTop Women Lawyers in California: Laura Washington 2022 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers: Andrew M. Gass

News

Latham & Watkins Advises Apera in Financing of Oakley Capital’s Acquisition of Vice GolfLatham Advises Creditors on MEDIAPRO’s Debt RefinancingLatham & Watkins Advises Silver Lake in US$500 Million Strategic Investment in Shadowbox Studios

Thought Leadership

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) ResourcesThe Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – 12th Edition, Germany ChapterCOVID-19: EU State Aid Granted to the Events, Entertainment & Media Sectors

Webcasts & Podcasts

Podcast – PE Views: Why Do Music Deals Sound So Attractive to PE?Podcast – PE Views: Is Gaming the Next Level for Private Equity?Jamie Wine on the USWNT Players’ Appeal