October 16, 2014
Planning for a successful joint venture requires keen navigational skills to avoid pitfalls and lay the groundwork for a smooth ongoing partnership. Two of Gibson Dunn’s leading practitioners highlight best practices in structuring a joint venture, including first steps in coming to an agreement, and issues related to governance, governance disputes, and exit strategies. The webcast also addresses recent hot topics in the joint venture arena, including the application of fiduciary duties to the actions of managers, and the issues that arise with respect to shared assets contributed by the members or created by the joint venture vehicle itself.
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Ruth Fisher, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher — Ruth Fisher is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group. She has significant expertise with joint ventures in the entertainment and technology arenas, including joint ventures for the purpose of television and motion picture production and distribution, technology development and deployment, Internet-based music distribution and VOD motion picture distribution. In addition, she regularly represents multimedia studios, interactive companies, entertainment-related technology companies, software companies and other content providers in connection with mergers and acquisitions, including the acquisition and disposition of film libraries and music catalogs; content licensors and licensees in distribution, licensing, affiliation and retransmission agreements; and various companies in connection with investments in and the financing of entertainment-related entities. Ms. Fisher has regularly been named as a leading lawyer in the entertainment and technology transactional space by publications including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, the LA Business Journal and The Daily Journal.
Ari Lanin, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher — Ari Lanin is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Century City office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Private Equity practice group. He is also a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance and Media, Entertainment and Technology practice groups. Mr. Lanin advises companies, private equity firms and investment banks across a wide range of industries, focusing on joint ventures and strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions and public and private (including Rule 144A) capital-raising transactions. Mr. Lanin is the author of numerous publications regarding corporate governance, fiduciary duties and securities regulations. In October 2012, Variety named Mr. Lanin one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders.”