Sean A. Monroe

Partner

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Sean Monroe is a highly skilled and effective corporate transactional lawyer specializing in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, private equity, and corporate finance transactions, including fund formation and investments, portfolio company acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and restructurings, venture capital and early-stage formation and investment transactions, and executive employment and compensation arrangements. Sean has particular expertise in advising entertainment and media clients in all aspects of transactions in these industries, including such matters as motion picture financings, television business acquisitions and investments, digital and new media venture formations and other investment, disposition, and licensing matters involving these businesses.

Ancillary to his core practice, Sean has extensive experience with federal and state securities laws and regulations, state corporate laws, and general corporate matters and corporate governance, with related experience in tax, intellectual property, employee benefits, ERISA, environmental, and bankruptcy practice areas.

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Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 in the area of Media, technology, and telecoms: Telecoms and broadcast (2012)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley,  J.D.: Articles Editor, California Law Review
  • Georgetown University,  B.A., Government

Professional Activities

Author

  • “Critical Issues in Entertainment M&A Due Diligence,” Corporate Counsel (May 2013, with Jeannine Tang and Silvia Vannini)
  • “A Vehicle for Doing Good: Will Adopting California's Flexible Purpose Corporation Offer a Legal Framework for Aligning Business and Social Interests?” Bloomberg Law Reports (August 2010, co-authored with Noa Tal) 

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator: “Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends and Developments in 2013” panel at the Hispanic National Bar Association 2013 Annual Convention 

Presenter

  • “Media, Entertainment and Technology; Los Angeles’ Dynamic Business and Legal Ecosystem” at the National Bar Association Corporate Leadership Forum
  • Represent Participant Media in numerous M&A transactions involving entertainment and media businesses, including:
    • Its acquisition of an equity stake in the Evolution Media Capital Growth Fund sponsored by TPG Growth, the tech-media focused growth equity investment platform of global investment firm TPG
    • Participant’s acquisition of Documentary Channel, Inc. and Halogen Networks, and the negotiation of affiliation agreements with DirecTV and DISH Networks
    • Participant’s investment in Cineflix Media, a Canadian television production and distribution company
    • Participant’s sale of its equity position in Summit Entertainment to Lion’s Gate Entertainment
  • Advised Shine Limited in (i) its $125 million acquisition of the Reveille independent television production business, (ii) numerous executive employment matters and litigation, and (iii) Shine’s $675 million sale to News Corporation
  • Representing a prominent NY-based hedge fund in ongoing advice relating to its equity, debt, and film investments in a motion picture studio and media company
  • Advised Legendary Entertainment in its acquisition of Asylum Entertainment, and in other corporate, refinancing, and M&A matters
  • Advised ConAm Management Corporation in the formation of the ConAm Muiltifamily Acquisition Fund, and ConAm’s real-estate joint venture, financing, and property acquisition matters
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