Malcolm Murray

Head of Corporate

Malcolm is a partner and heads up Lee & Thompson’s Corporate & Commercial Group.

He has many years’ experience advising on company, corporate, corporate finance and general commercial deals for a range of clients principally within the creative industries, including those in music, TV, sport, fashion, live events and exhibitions, marketing & communications, brands, digital, publishing, film and theatre.

He advises on all types of corporate deals including structuring start ups, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture arrangements, private equity investments, shareholder agreements, management buy ins and outs and complex earn-out structures.

The new UK edition of Legal 500 recommends Malcolm for Media Corporate work.

Notable recent deals that Malcolm has advised on include:

  • Sony Music on its acquisition of Essential Music
  • Lionsgate UK on its investment in Primal Media and Potboiler TV
  • BMG Rights Management on its acquisitions of RAM Records and the Pete Waterman catalogues
  • Nicola Shindler on the sale of Red Production Company to Studiocanal
  • David Beckham and DB Ventures in relation to a new joint venture, Seven Global (the vehicle which manages David’s commercial rights) with Global Brands Group
  • various on and off screen creative TV talent on their umbrella arrangements with “Super Indies” including, Matt Lucas (All3Media), Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (Endemol), Benedict Cumberbatch (Studiocanal) Andy Davenport (Shine), Tony Wood (Cineflix), Derek Wax (Endemol), Route 24 (ITV Studios) Eleven Film (C4 Growth Fund), Simon Crawford-Collins (BBCW) and Corona (Fremantle)
  • Premiership Rugby, administrator of the Aviva Premiership, on its company structure and constitution and on its sponsorship portfolio including the title rights agreement with Aviva
  • Blue Raincoat on its acquisition of Chrysalis Records from Warner Music
  • 1966 Entertainment on its management of the commercial interests of the England national football squad including the landmark agreement with the FA regulating the use of the commercial rights in Team England
  • Merlin and Atlantis producer Urban Myth on the sale of a stake in that company to Studiocanal
  • Steve Winwood on the sale of his music publishing company to Kobalt
  • “The Fall” producer, Artists Studio on its sale to Endemol
  • Ignite experiential agency on its sale to Wasserman Media Group
  • SME London on its licence to run Countryfile Live from BBCW
  • the MBO of Upper Street Events (acting for selling shareholders and ongoing management)
  • ad agency 180 Holdings BV on its sale to Omnicom, the London partners of Fallon on its sale to Publicis and the London partners of Anomaly on their deal with Anomaly in New York
  • ArtHK, the largest art fair in Asia on its sale to MCH Messe Basel, Peter Jones and Phil Soar on the sale of “Counter Terror Expo” to Clarion, John Bednall on the sale of Legend to Reed and Upper Street Events and Angus Montgomery on various event acquisitions
  • Spirit Music on its acquisition of the Mark Bolan and T Rex post-1971 catalogue
  • the MBO of Icon Film Distribution (acting for management)
  • Argonon on its acquisition of Windfall Films and of Transparent Television
  • digital marketing agency Squeeze on its sale to DonerCardwell Hawkins, ChannelFlip Media on its sale to Shine and youth trend agency Rough Hill on its sale to Chime Communications

Malcolm has a post graduate certificate in Sports Law from Kings College, London.

Contact

malcolmmurray@leeandthompson.com
+44 (0)20 3073 7600