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“Deacons remains “highly respected among commentators and continues to be at the forefront of the market,” and sources are quick to point to its "great visibility, full-service team and deep day-to-day experience in the area.”

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide

Deacons: An agile team in a fast-moving world

Deacons’ offers one of the very few specialised, and most experienced media and entertainment teams in the region – so we understand the business  and legal environment that our clients operate in.

The specialised complex nature of the creative industries calls for a response as creative as they are. In order to understand fast-changing technologies and practices, advisors must be steeped in the media and entertainment sector. At the same time, they must understand the business and offer specialised, practical advice and first rate client service.

Deacons has one of the most highly regarded award-winning media and entertainment teams in the region. Our depth of experience allows us to offer rapid, relevant advice on any area of the sector, adapting to new developments and technologies ‘in real time’.

We assist a wide variety of clients, from multinational media and entertainment companies, major Hollywood film studios, film companies, production houses and distributors, cable and free television operators, record labels and music publishers, leading multinational electronic and online games providers to musicians, actors, directors and writers. We also represent a number of major English and Chinese language newspaper and magazine publishers, as well as the largest multinational advertising and public relations companies.

Our talented lawyers handle every aspect of the field, from recording and publishing arrangements, agency and management contracts, development, distribution and co-production agreements, and licensing, merchandising, endorsement, advertising, promotional and sponsorship arrangements, to the setting up, sale, purchase, financing and restructuring of media companies. Particular highlights include:

  • Assisting Twentieth Century Fox with high-profile film projects in Hong Kong and China;
  • Representing Hong Kong’s largest TV network in a range of issues;
  • Advising a major internet content provider on developing a music website in Hong Kong; and
  • Advising major international studios in setting up distribution companies in the PRC.

Our strong position is acknowledged by independently-researched directories, like Chambers & Partners, in which clients recommend us for our “extensive experience advising on IP aspects related to the film, music and publishing industries.” We are also the authors of the Hong Kong Chapter of the “Independent Film & Television Alliance - Arbitration Award Enforcement Guide 3rd Edition”.

Throughout, our approach is to forge long-term relationships with our clients, so that we can get to know their businesses, understand their priorities and provide creative yet practical solutions that help achieve their business goals.

Please take a look at our intellectual property pages for more information on the work we undertake. And if you would like more information on how we can help you, please feel free to get in touch.

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