Variety magazine named partners Jennifer C. Hagle, Richard S. Petretti, Matthew C. Thompson and Annie C. Wallis and associate Kelvin Le to its 2019 “Legal Impact Report.”
Jennifer and Annie were praised for their joint representation of MUFG Union Bank and others in the separate bankruptcies of the Weinstein Co. and Open Road Films. Variety noted that the sale of the Weinstein Co., which resulted in senior lenders getting paid in full, helped restore the confidence of banks to continue lending to the indie sector.
Richard was commended for his representation of J.P. Morgan in an $800 million revolving credit facility for Legendary Entertainment and for advising on a $200 million facility for China’s Perfect World Pictures. Variety further praised him for representing City National Bank in library acquisition and film/TV project financings.
Variety lauded Matthew for his work advising PSP Investment’s purchasing a stake in talent agency UTA, as well as for securing a multi-year extension for Mark Burnett and his elevation to chairman of MGM’s worldwide television group.
Kelvin was recognized as an “Up Next” honoree for working alongside Matt as lead associate to close the TBS deal for Conan O’Brien, producer Jeff Ross and Team Coco. The deal included a multi-year renewal of the late-night talk show “Conan” and the creation of a global partnership spanning television, digital media, branded content, podcasting, mobile gaming, pay TV and live events.
The annual “Legal Impact Report” profiles the best legal minds who have made a significant impact on the industry through their work in film, television, theater and digital media.