Malcolm Murray - Head of Corporate

Malcolm heads up Lee & Thompson’s Corporate & Commercial Group.

He has nearly 30 years’ experience advising on company, corporate, corporate finance and general commercial deals for a range of clients operating across the creative industries, including the core entertainment sectors of music, TV, film, theatre, video games and sport, as well as the wider creative sector, including live events, advertising and marketing services, fashion and design, the visual arts, brands and digital.

Malcolm 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, share option agreements and complex earn-out structures and is very familiar with the issues which tend to arise on creative industry deals including those relating to the ownership of IP and the retention of key creative individuals.

He is one of the UK’s most experienced corporate lawyers advising on the sale and purchase of music catalogues and the sale and purchase of independent television production companies.

Malcolm is regularly recommended in the UK legal directories as a leading individual for his work in Media and Entertainment and Corporate M&A.

  • Lionsgate UK investments in Primal Media and Potboiler TV
  • Ringside Media investments in B-Side Film & TV, Joi Productions, Further South Productions, Slate Entertainment and Fictionhouse
  • Benedict Cumberbatch and Sunnymarch investment by Studiocanal and Anton Capital
  • Olivia Colman and South of the River investment by Sister Pictures
  • Charlie Brooker and White Bear investment by Endemol
  • Nicola Shindler sale of Red Production Company to Studiocanal
  • Matt Lucas and John Stanley Productions investment by All3Media
  • Conker Pictures investment by Banijay
  • Turbine Studios sale to BBC
  • Firebird Pictures sale to BBC
  • World Productions sale to ITV
  • Eleven Film investment by Channel 4 Growth Fund
  • WAG Entertainment sale to Asacha Media Group
  • MediaNet Partners investment in Sleeper Films
  • Urban Myth Films sale to Studiocanal
  • Federation acquisition of Vertigo Holdings
  • Arrow Films Distribution sale to The Hut Group
  • TCB Media Rights TV distribution sale to Kew Media Group
  • Argonon acquisition of Windfall Films and of Transparent Television


  • BMG Rights Management on various acquisitions of music catalogues including the acquisition of Ram Records and the Pete Waterman catalogues
  • Sony Music on various acquisitions including Essential Music
  • Blue Raincoat acquisition of Chrysalis Records from Warner Music
  • Steve Winwood sale of his music publishing company to Kobalt


  • David Beckham and DB Ventures’ joint venture, Seven Global (the vehicle which manages David’s commercial rights) with Global Brands Group
  • Premiership Rugby, administrator of the Gallagher Premiership on its company structure and constitution, and on its sponsorship portfolio (including its title rights sponsorship agreement) with Gallagher
  • 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
  • Marcus Evans’ sale of Ipswich Town Football Club


  • Various acquisitions and disposals of live events and exhibitions for many of the leading UK industry figures including the likes of CloserStill Media, SME, Upper Street, Angus Montgomery, Phil Soar, Peter Jones, Richard Hease, John Bednall and Richard-Copley Smith


  • Ignite experiential agency sale to Wasserman Media Group
  • 180 Holdings BV sale to Omnicom
  • The London partners of Fallon sale to Publicis
  • London partners of Anomaly deal with Anomaly in New York
  • Squeeze digital marketing agency sale to DonerCardwell Hawkins
  • ChannelFlip Media sale to Shine
  • Rough Hill youth trend agency sale to Chime Communications

Email Malcolm
+44 (0)20 3073 7646