Artists, songwriters and publishers have made headlines for huge catalog sales over the past two years, and the deal rate has only intensified in light of the effect. pandemic on income-generating activities. During this time, Manatt’s senior partner, Gary Gilbert, has been particularly active in negotiating these transactions, including managing agreements that encompass the full sale of assets – including copyrights. , master recordings, master royalties, publishing and writer royalties, and SoundExchange – as well as those for producer royalties.
Gilbert has shown particular competence in international transactions. For example, he recently represented a famous Scandinavian music writing and production team in its royalty sale to Merck Mercuriadis, manager turned investor and CEO and founder of Hipgnosis. Among his many hits, this client is best known for co-writing global hits for chart-topping American artists. Gilbert currently represents other iconic rock artists in the full sale of their assets and an iconic music producer in the sale of producer royalties. Other Manatt music lawyers involved in these deals include Eric Custer and Beau Stapleton.
As one of the oldest and deepest musical practices in the country, Manatt’s music team has been at the forefront of the national and international agreements that have shaped the industry for over 40 years. Our team, which also includes Jordan Bromley, Lee Phillips, Jeff Biederman, Monika Tashman, and W. Joseph Anderson, has handled approximately $ 2 billion in transactions over the past two years, on both the talent side and the corporate side, the sales side and the sales side. purchase. side.
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