Law, Society and Popular Culture

Once in a lifetime: groundbreaking music business and law event at Westminster Law School

13 February 2015

The Centre for the Study of Law, Society and Popular Culture are delighted to announce a unique event to take place on 18th March 2015. The event is titled 'Once in a lifetime: a mock negotiation of the sale and purchase of a music publishing company' and is the brainchild of Robert Allan, Research Fellow of the Centre and long time collaborator with Westminster Law School.

While more commonly accredited as the classic first single from the Talking Heads’ album Remain in Light, this event is also billed as ‘Once in a Lifetime’, such is the status of the panel which Robert has gathered together. This panel is really ‘The Dream Team’  - it is inconceivable that a more prestigious and knowledgeable team could have been assembled. All of the participants have worked with each other over many years on transactions totalling billions of dollars, and Westminster Law School is thrilled to be able to host them for this groundbreaking event.

The panellists are, in order of appearance:

  • Fred Wistow, formerly Executive Vice President and Chief General Counsel of Time Warner’s Music Group
  • Evan Medow, originally a US attorney and then - having been General Counsel at A&M’s publishing division - the CEO of Windswept Pacific Music
  • Chris Ancliff is General Counsel (International) Warner Music Group and was formerly Chief General Counsel at EMI
  • John Frankenheimer is the current co-chair at the prestigious law firm of Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles and is the doyen of music corporate practitioners
  • Charles Bradbrook, senior partner at the accountancy practice SRLV and formally head of the media practice of Deloittes
  • Robert Allan can justifiably lay claim to being one of the very first (if not the first) UK entertainment lawyers. He has had a substantial client list and brings a wealth of experience

Find out more about the panellists on the Westminster Law School blog.

The event will take the format of a negotiation with the panellists taking on specific roles as follows: Fred will be the moderator, Evan will have a dual role as both seller and seller’s Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) counsel, Chris will be the buyer. John will be the buyer’s M&A counsel, Charles will undertake financial due diligence and may have to offer tax advice to the buyer and Robert will undertake copyright and contractual due diligence.

This is truly a ‘don't miss’ event. It will take place in The Portland Hall, Little Titchfield Street, home to Westminster Law School and the venue for many concerts in the 1960s and 1970s. It was the scene of the first appearance of Jimi Hendrix on stage with Cream in 1966 and the site where Pink Floyd conducted early practice sessions.

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