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no business like show business

There is no business like show business. We are aware that the Media & Entertainment business has specific legal needs and is evolving at a very fast pace. The digital transformation offers both exciting opportunities as well as serious challenges from a business and a legal perspective.

As some of the traditional business models are under severe pressure, the established stakeholders are obliged to reinvent themselves at the risk of being replaced by ambitious tech start-ups. Legislators are trying to keep up as well, which results in frequent important regulatory changes.   

Our expert Media & Entertainment lawyers have the knowledge and experience to offer you the tailor-made solutions that meet your best interests. We aim to assist you in sustaining the smooth development of your career and business and, furthermore, help you deal with your daily challenges.

Our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers is your trusted guide to help you navigate through the ‘dense forest’ that is today’s Media & Entertainment law. We offer unique insights into the industry along with a strong commercial approach that understands the market’s fast-paced needs. We have mastered the full range of legal services for national and cross-border matters and understand and respect the individuality and the specific nature of each business. Obviously our lawyers work hand-in-hand with our tax colleagues from Tiberghien in giving you a comprehensive and thorough service.

We serve the full spectrum of the Media & Entertainment sector: audio-visual, music, gaming, gambling, etc. Our clients vary from production companies, motion pictures studios, broadcasters, publishers of printed and online media, to athletes and media personalities. We provide advice and litigation services in all legal and tax matters.

In recognition of our expertise, we have been ranked in ‘band 1’ by Media Law International and we have been listed as a ‘Tier 1 Firm’ for Media and Entertainment by Legal 500, 2020.

Our experience includes:

CORPORATE & FINANCE

  • Business set-up
  • Financing
  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals

COMMERCIAL

  • Advertising
  • Marketing, promotion & sponsoring
  • Social media

IP & IT

  • Copyright & neighbouring rights
  • Trademarks
  • Domain names
  • Software & databases
  • Technology patents

PRIVACY & PERSONALITY RIGHTS

  • GDPR compliance
  • Publicity rights including image rights
  • Freedom of speech & defamation
  • Right to reply

CONTRACTS

  • (Co-) production
  • Artists & management
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting
  • Licensing, distribution, franchising
  • Employment & volunteers
  • Insurance

MEDIA LAW

  • EU, national and Community law (Flemish, French & German-speaking Communities)
  • Pre-publication and pre-broadcasting advice and clearance
  • Notification & permit requirements
  • Real estate including network infrastructure

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  • Pre-litigation advice
  • Litigation, mediation & arbitration
  • Disputes before national media regulators (VRM, CSA, Medienrat)

TAX

  • All domains of (cross-border) taxation
  • Estate and asset planning
  • Valuations
  • Tax Shelter

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