Chris Brearton, partner, O’Melveny & Myers

Dealmakers Impact Report 2011: Lawyers

Brearton led the team that advised Spyglass Entertainment in connection with its merger with MGM, which left the Lion with a clean balance sheet and a $500 million credit line from JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America.

Those negotiations, which were sometimes heated, offered Brearton an unexpected full-circle moment: “In 1992, I came to Los Angeles as a CPA accountant, and MGM was my first audit client,” he says. “I always had a special place in my heart for MGM. Their renaissance and rebirth is tremendously exciting but was also time-consuming and incredibly complex.”

KEY DEALS: Brearton also helped extend a colossal Univision-Televisa output pact, which continued Televisa’s longstanding relationship with the broadcaster.

“The Spanish-language population in the U.S. is growing exponentially, and Univision is largest network appealing to that audience,” says Brearton. “This really solidifies Univision’s content offerings for the next decade and beyond.”

Brearton’s busy year also included repping DreamWorks Animation in inking a subscription VOD output pact with Netflix.

SPARE TIME: Coaching his young sons how to play sports.

TOP CAUSES: Sundance Institute; American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach; pro bono legal work in conjunction with Participant Media’s social action campaigns

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