Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell + Vasallo, P.C.

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We have an active corporate practice which includes structuring startup business entities, capital raising transactions, financing transactions, and counseling our clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions. We draft and negotiate a wide variety of business agreements on behalf of our clients, including shareholder, joint venture and operating agreements.  We also counsel our clients regarding employment agreements and equity incentive arrangements.

Representation of entertainment companies often requires consideration and evaluation of issues that differ greatly from those common in other corporate environments.  For example, a company's assets often include ongoing relationships through artist or writer agreements, and nuances in the law that apply to the parties' respective rights now and in the future need to be taken into account. Provisions that relate to ongoing participations, duration of copyright, and the interplay of Copyright Act provisions governing termination of rights, often require attention. In a loan situation, the method of securitization of copyrights differs in several respects from securitization of other properties. A transaction involving new technologies raises issues that are foreign to traditional methods of dealing. Understanding the impact on revenue streams of advances, contingent compensation and derivative rights exploitations, is also important.

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