Nuthin’ but an OC thang

Rarely do corporate law firms and gangsta rap cross paths, but last week the two temporarily collided as headphone-maker Beats became Apple’s largest-ever acquisition.

Natalie Stanton
Natalie Stanton

Beats, co-founded by Californian producer Andre ‘Dr Dre’ Young and music business mogul Jimmy Iovine, instructed West Coast firm Munger Tolles & Olsen on the deal.

More surprising is that London-based Osborne Clarke scooped a role as Munger’s running mate. The firm’s Silicon Valley head Steve Wilson won the role thanks to his longstanding relationship with Beats’ top in-house lawyers.

No doubt the transaction is music to the ears of Osborne Clarke’s corporate crew, who will be hoping they’ve secured a long-term spot among Beats’ key advisers. They’d do well to look to King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin for inspiration, given the firm’s rock-solid ties to Universal Music Group.

Also on

Featured Briefings
Employment – Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: LLP members are ‘workers’
IP – Walker Morris: The James Dean Twitter account and trademark infringement
Banking – Schillings: The legal tools for dealing with a cyber attack
Corporate – Ogier: Mehjoo v Harben Barker: duty of an accountant confined to the terms and limits of its retainer
Company – Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: Why you need to follow the lease to the letter when serving a break notice