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Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

Nelson Mullins is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and various federal, state, and local government authorities. The firm is taking appropriate precautionary actions and has implemented plans to ensure the continuation of all firm services to clients from both in office and remote work arrangements across our 25 offices. 

In addition, click the link below to access extensive resources to address a wide variety of topics resulting from the virus, in general and by industry,  including topics such as essential businesses, force majeure, business interruption insurance, CARES Act and FFCRA, and others. 

Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

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WEBINAR: New Small Business Bankruptcy via Chapter 11: Key differences versus traditional Chapter 11, 7, or 13 and how small business can use SBRA to reorganize

October 8, 2020

WEBINAR: New Small Business Bankruptcy via Chapter 11: Key differences versus traditional Chapter 11, 7, or 13 and how small business can use SBRA to reorganize
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Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representation of:

  • Buyers of controlling interests in leading direct broadcast satellite operator and satellite radio services provider
  • Buyer of communications company with regulatory authorizations in the United States and over 20 foreign countries
  • Major investor in multibillion-dollar cable television and broadband merger
  • Buyer of company providing cable and communications services in $1 billion+ transaction
  • Regional sports and national programming services in negotiations with all major distributors, professional baseball and hockey teams, and programming producers
  • Numerous cable, broadband, wireless, satellite communications, fiber, and competitive local exchange companies in general corporate, regulatory, transaction, and litigation matters
  • Numerous independent film production companies from development through to distribution (including securities offerings/fundraising)

Negotiation of:

  • Lucrative recording, publishing, touring, production, and merchandising agreements for musicians and entertainers, as well as agreements for visual artists and museum loans
  • Professional sports, marketing, and endorsement contracts for first-round National Football League draft picks
  • A-list talent, producer, director, and cast/crew agreements through to final distribution and collection account management agreements

Experience in:

  • Handling equity recapitalization and transfer of control of national and local fiber facilities providers
  • Rendering opinion letters under Communications Act and FCC rules for transactions
  • Drafting and revising descriptions of regulatory matters and risk factors for communications and media company filings with SEC
  • Serving as counsel for feature and indie films, feature productions, film investments, and media companies

We help clients 

  • Negotiate and prepare deal documents with distributors, production companies, cast and crew, programming producers, sports teams, and other agencies
  • Structure communications, entertainment, and media transactions and obtain state and federal regulatory approvals
  • Obtain state film and music incentives
  • Draft private placement memorandums and assist companies with respect to maintaining securities exemptions during capital raises
  • Maintain compliance with FCC and state PUC rules
  • Interact with regulators and address regulatory issues and disputes
  • Respond to enforcement actions and cease & desist demands
  • Shape governing rules by participating in rulemakings
  • Launch new programming services and expand distribution of existing services
  • Conclude program distribution agreements with major distributors and license agreements with program producers and sports teams
  • Resolve disputes through arbitration or in court

Interdisciplinary team and collaborative approach

  • Multiple partners and counsel with decades of experience with FCC, state PUC regulators, and other relevant agencies in handling transactions and complying with rules
  • Partners with prior industry experience and a focus on solutions to the real business issues
  • Team-oriented approach backed by rich firmwide resources to provide coordinated and specialized services 

Our team provides business-minded, legal advice to help you expand your business and avoid regulatory pitfalls.

Our clients include

  • One of the largest communications providers in Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America
  • Owner of the leading satellite radio services provider
  • Regional sports and national programming networks
  • Incumbent and competitive local exchange and interexchange carriers
  • Communications tower owners, wireless services providers, and broadcasters
  • Indie film production companies, visual artists, and museums
  • Technology and gaming entities
  • NFL first-round draft picks
  • High-profile musicians and entertainers
  • The largest technology company in the world, by revenue

Nelson Mullins’ Communications, Entertainment & Media team has the right experience to help you manage the challenges of an ever changing, fast paced industry.

  • Industry knowledge specific to you for a tailored approach to transactions
  • Well-developed acquisition practice for a smooth transition
  • Experienced content development and finance professionals
  • Strong relationships with regulators and governmental agencies to address rules that impact your business
  • Thorough approach to dispute resolution

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representation of:

  • Buyers of controlling interests in leading direct broadcast satellite operator and satellite radio services provider
  • Buyer of communications company with regulatory authorizations in the United States and over 20 foreign countries
  • Major investor in multibillion-dollar cable television and broadband merger
  • Buyer of company providing cable and communications services in $1 billion+ transaction
  • Regional sports and national programming services in negotiations with all major distributors, professional baseball and hockey teams, and programming producers
  • Numerous cable, broadband, wireless, satellite communications, fiber, and competitive local exchange companies in general corporate, regulatory, transaction, and litigation matters
  • Numerous independent film production companies from development through to distribution (including securities offerings/fundraising)

Negotiation of:

  • Lucrative recording, publishing, touring, production, and merchandising agreements for musicians and entertainers, as well as agreements for visual artists and museum loans
  • Professional sports, marketing, and endorsement contracts for first-round National Football League draft picks
  • A-list talent, producer, director, and cast/crew agreements through to final distribution and collection account management agreements

Experience in:

  • Handling equity recapitalization and transfer of control of national and local fiber facilities providers
  • Rendering opinion letters under Communications Act and FCC rules for transactions
  • Drafting and revising descriptions of regulatory matters and risk factors for communications and media company filings with SEC
  • Serving as counsel for feature and indie films, feature productions, film investments, and media companies
  • Deep experience in acquisitions by major communications and media companies
  • Transactional expertise from professional sports to independent film production
  • Proactive and cost effective
  • Significant understanding of how to comply with FCC and state PUC regulations
  • Able to work effectively with regulators and deal counsel

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