​October’s media-friendly deals frenzy

Coronation Street, Breaking Bad, Legoland, Super Mario, Inter Milan and Byron Hamburgers. October’s deals round up reads like a cross between the Radio Times and Time Out. Not that media and entertainment lawyers would have had time to appreciate either last month.

A team from Clifford Chance was caught up advising AMC Networks, owner of US dramas Breaking Bad and Mad Men, in its €750m acquisition of Liberty Global’s international content division which instructed Hogan Lovells.

Field Fisher Waterhouse scored one of its biggest roles yet for Nintendo, advising on the launch of the video game company’s UK online retail store.

Meanwhile, Ashurst got stuck into the long-awaited IPO of Merlin Entertainments – owner of Legoland and Madame Tussauds. Mark Sperotto, touted as a hot ticket for Ashurst’s new global corporate head in the wake of Stephen Lloyd’s departure, was among those leading on the transaction.

Of course, Merlin wasn’t the only deal to hit the national headlines. Herbert Smith Freehills and Slaughter and May took lead roles on French energy company EDF’s £16bn deal to build Hinkley Point C – the first new UK nuclear power plant to get the green light in a generation.

Well, how else will we power all the rollercoasters and Donkey Kong?

Company & commercial – Goodman Derrick: RICS beyond retail — how to reverse the negative trend on the high street
Charities – Withers: ATED: what is it and how does it affect charities?
Intellectual property – NCTM: European patent: new requirements for filing a divisional patent application
Tax – DLA Piper: IRS releases long-awaited draft FFI agreement and previews updates to FATCA regulations
Banking & finance – King & Wood Mallesons: China’s Third Plenum — high stakes for China and a big deal for Australia