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Matthew Thompson, partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

Dealmakers Impact Report 2011: Lawyers

Thompson works on major corporate deals and reps big money — banks, hedge funds and private equity funds investing in entertainment projects. He also handles more traditional M&A corporate work and the buying and selling of entertainment companies.

KEY DEALS: Reps Mark Burnett Productions and recently organized a joint venture with Hearst Entertainment. He describes it as “a major restructuring of Mark’s production business coupled with a complex joint venture deal regarding both existing and future shows for many years to come.”

Thompson also repped RGM Media and various affiliates in doing a $100 million-plus slate financing deal with Fox Intl. “to provide funding to Fox for production of at least 20 non-English language films globally.” On behalf of Comerica Bank, he executed several recent facility deals, including one for indie producer Nu Image (which is in production on “Expendables 2”). Thompson also did a facility for Endgame Releasing, which provide P&A financing to film owners looking to release theatrically in the U.S.

SPARE TIME: Riding horses, sports with wife and kids.

TOP CAUSE: Breast cancer awareness

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