Clients describe Lisbeth Savill as "very knowledgeable in the field, very cool-headed and a solid negotiator." Chambers UK 2018

Named in Variety’s 2018 Legal Impact Report and Variety’s 2017 Dealmakers Report, the publication recognizing her and her team as “key players driving the most significant deals in the business.”

Lisbeth Savill

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Lisbeth (Libby) Savill is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice.

Ms. Savill represents major studios, financiers, and independent producers and distributors of film and television content, focusing on commercial work in the media and entertainment sectors, including:

  • Creation and financing of audiovisual content
  • Distribution and licensing arrangements
  • Funds and co-financing arrangements
  • Acquisition of audiovisual rights, including film libraries
  • The purchase, sale, and financing of entertainment companies

Ms. Savill has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the film and television industries for many years. She is also actively involved in issues important to the entertainment sector. She served as the only lawyer on the 2011/2012 and 2013/2014 Film Policy Review, which the UK government commissioned to make recommendations for the future of the film industry. She is also the Deputy Chair of the British Film Institute, the lead body for film in the UK. She was an invited member of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs experts panel regarding the creation and implementation of UK film tax reliefs and a board member of Film London. She is currently sitting on the BFI’s Commission on UK Independent Film.

A sample of Ms. Savill’s recent experience includes representing:

  • Film Finances Inc., the leading provider of completion bonds to the film and television industries, on the 2017 listing of FFI Holdings, PLC on the AIM market
  • Netflix, Inc. on its 2017 acquisition of Millarworld Limited, a Scottish comic book publisher, representing Netflix’s first corporate acquisition
  • Top tier commercial and investment banks in connection with providing borrowing base credit facilities to their clients in the film and television sector, using film and television rights and receivables as collateral
  • Funds in connection with their media investments and acquisitions, including the acquisition of the exploitation revenues of a UK-based film distributor
  • Dasym Investment Strategies BV in connection with the sale of its interests in the Exclusive Media Group companies and their libraries of films
  • The Ink Factory in connection with its equity fundraising and underlying arrangements with John Le Carré
  • Cohen Media Group on the acquisition and exploitation of the Merchant Ivory library of films
  • A confidential client in connection with reviewing and advising on the TV licensing arrangements to the Viacom channels in Russia, and on the agency agreements for the marketing and operation of these channels
  • Participant Media in connection with the financing and distribution arrangements for the feature film Denial
  • A number of UK production companies including Eon Productions in connection with their acquisition and financing transactions
Thought Leadership
  • Co-author, UK chapter of the seventh edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review
  • Chair, Panel “Preserving Cinema Culture: Re-defining Acquisition and Sales Strategies,” International Film Finance Forum, Cannes (May 2017)
  • “Digital Single Market: the European Commission Takes Stock and Defines Future Priorities,” Latham & Watkins Client Update (May 2017)
  • “European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals,” Latham & Watkins Client Update (May 2016)
  • Chair, Panel “Women in the Boardroom,” Latham & Watkins Seminar (January 2016)
  • "European Commission Announces a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe," Latham & Watkins Client Update (May 2015)
  • "UK Film & Television: Tax Relief Changes," Latham & Watkins Client Update (March 2015)
  • Chair, Panel “Following the Money,” Screen Film Summit (December 2014)
  • "Presentation on the UK Television Landscape,” Beverly Hills (September 2014)
  • “Money Talks: Who’s Got It, Where It’s Going and Why?” International Film Finance Forum, Cannes (May 2014)
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