Matthew Thompson, partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
Dealmakers Impact Report 2011: Lawyers
By Iain Blair
In the past year, the top entertainment lawyer has worked on deals worth more than $650 million for such clients as Reliance and Exclusive Media, representing in connection with $100 million of film production financing in each case.
Moore, whose other clients and deals include Hyde Park Entertainment on its $100 million financing transaction with ImageNation, Cyrte on its acquisitions of Spitfire Pictures and Newmarket Films, Aramid Entertainment Fund on over $200 million of film financing transactions, and Morgan Freeman on investments in high-tech companies, including digital kiosk company Digiboo, reports that since the recession, “as the hedge funds have shrunk, the big shift in financing has been the move to foreign investors and distributors.”
KEY DEALS: Handled investment in Hemisphere Capital Management, a $250 million slate financing transaction for large budget studio films including “Men in Black III” and “The Smurfs” for clients and foreign distributors Toho-Towa, Kadokawa and Lotte.
SPARE TIME: Motorbike rider (he owns nine and no cars), snowboarder and hang-glider.
TOP CA– USE: The Pacific Council