HMV looks to Simmons over Nabarros

Simmons & Simmons won out over Nabarro Nathanson to advise HMV on its first major deal since completing its panel review in mid-2004.
IT partner Michael Sinclair led the Simmons team advising the leading music retailer on its new music download contract with Microsoft.

HMV company secretary and general counsel Elaine Marriner said: “Simmons was one of two firms on the panel, which is strong on general corporate work, IT and outsourcing. Because of the nature and value of the contract, it was more appropriate for Simmons.”

Both firms made the HMV panel last year, replacing Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, which was retained as property adviser. Freethcartwright and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain were also engaged.

The Microsoft deal puts HMV in direct competition with Apple’s iTunes service. Marriner said this decision was made for purely commercial, and not legal, reasons.