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Finers Stephens Innocent in further expansion

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Olswang acted for online music community mudhut.co.uk in relation to an exclusive distribution deal with Acid Jazz, which gives mudhut exclusive digital distribution rights to all artists under the Acid Jazz label for the next six years. Mudhut was advised by John Enser, the head of Olswang’s music team, while Acid Jazz was represented by […]

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