Corporate partner Will Holder (centre) with presenter Dara Ó Briain (left) and judge Toby Hornett (right) on the night.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin won “Commercial Team of the Year” at the British Legal Awards for its advice to Universal on the reorganisation of EMI Recorded Music along with the sale of the Parlophone Label Group.
Hosted by Legal Week, the British Legal Awards recognise the important contribution the legal business community makes to the UK economy and wider community. The judging panel is made up of senior general counsel and other business figures. The team was one of six finalists for the award, which was announced at a ceremony in Old Billingsgate Market in the City of London.
It was a highly complex deal, involving well over forty King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin lawyers. The team was led by Corporate partners Will Holder and Mark Sanders and Commercial partner Andrew Shindler. It also drew on experience from the firm’s Tax (lead partner Gareth Amdor), Employment (lead partner Carl Richards) and Litigation (lead partner Greg Lascelles) teams in London, Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt.
Richard Constant, General Counsel of Universal Music Group International, said: “Their ability to deliver for their client is, in my view, incomparable.”
Stephen Kon, Senior Partner at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, said: “This is a tremendous accolade for the firm, cementing out position as a go-to firm for high-end, market leading commercial work.
“Along with the sale of Parlophone, eight other divestments were run simultaneously, involving negotiations with all the major global players in recorded music, underlining our TMT sector experience.”
This follows the firm winning Competition Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards for their advice to Universal on securing approval by the European Commission of their £1.2 billion acquisition of EMI Recorded Music.