Talent and creatives
If you have a talent; protect it. Success means different things to different people, but as soon as you start to turn your talent and hard work into money you can find yourself exposed to risk in way that you haven’t had to worry about before.
Your talent might mean you have found yourself in the public eye, or it might mean you are having to make difficult financial decisions about you and your family’s lives now and for the future. Perhaps you are unsure of how to invest this money into something meaningful that can provide for future generations. No one really enjoys conversations about what happens if you have to stop doing what you do, or about things like making a will, but it is essential to be prepared.
Working to protect your success
It’s likely you already have a strong team of advisers and family looking out for you. We work with many of the world’s leading music, entertainment and sport agents and either provide them with specific legal advice in the background as questions arise or we can become part of the advisory team. ‘We complement the services of agents, managers and other advisers, ensuring the decisions you take are legally watertight, every step of the way,’ adds Milan partner Luca Ferrari.
We are the largest law firm in the world dedicated to protecting, defending and championing the interests of individuals and work with a range of different types of talented and creative people. We can’t name most of them as one of the main things we do is help keep people’s lives private, but in addition to sport we represent established and rising stars in the world of music, art and fashion. Having worked over the years with so many talented and successful people means you’re in good company if you choose to work with us.
How we can help
Buying a yacht or private jet should be a pleasure, not a headache. Our global team can cover all the technical aspects of each transaction, as well as the tax treatment of luxury assets.Commercial agreements
Properly structured agreements will protect and advance your interests. With knowledge across sectors such as luxury brands, sport and the arts, we draft contracts that work for the long term.Divorce and family
At difficult moments in life, you need the best advice available. As one of the largest and most experienced teams of family and divorce lawyers in the world, we’re here to help you through.Estate planning, wills and succession
Whether you wish to protect family assets, navigate cross-border tax issues or benefit a good cause, our private client lawyers will discuss your priorities, advise on options and put a plan in place.
The publication of private or inaccurate information can seriously damage reputations. Should the worst happen, our media law team will quickly advise on how to mitigate any potential impact.Online news outlets and social media
It can be a challenge to protect your privacy on social media and the internet – however, our team is skilled in supporting online abuse victims and helping them to get meaningful results.Philanthropy
There is no single approach to philanthropy; what’s key is that your giving has the biggest impact possible. Whichever way you choose to donate, our team can advise on what is most effective.Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Couples who want to prepare for every eventuality benefit from our vast experience in drafting pre and postnuptial agreements. Come to us for advice on your options, and solutions tailored to you both.
Our lawyers have experience with all kinds of property transactions. Whether you’re a business building a global presence, or an individual looking to acquire a new home, we’re here to help.Sponsorship
Sponsorship deals can be highly beneficial to both parties. Our global team has supported some of the world’s top campaigns and can assist with everything from contracts to negotiating deals.Tax
With a team of more than 150 specialist tax lawyers, who are qualified in jurisdictions around the world, we are perfectly placed to handle even the most complex, cross-border tax issues.Wealth structuring
We help individuals, families and their advisors to plan for the future, establishing priorities and finding solutions. And we offer seamless support for those with international interests.
International music bands review of corporate structure and management contracts as well as a band's member relocation to Italy
Assisted well-known international music band as well as one of their members, in the review of his international corporate structure and contracts for the management of the band musical and image rights, also in light of the new Italian tax residence of one of the band's members.
Global entertainment conglomerate
Assisted in the transfer of US employees to China for a global entertainment conglomerate.
Greek TV merger leads to arbitration
A proposed merger in the Pay TV market in Greece led to a dispute in which we represented Greek clients in a substantial LCIA arbitration.
Anya Hindmarch (t/a A.S.H.S.)
A.S.H.S. is a well-known English fashion house. We have provided strategic advice to the luxury brand on a number of high level employment issues.
We assisted the international renowned footballer, Ilkay Gündogan, on a number of aspects of his transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City FC. Of particular importance were drafting employment and image rights agreements.
The founder of a successful publishing company
Our client built their business up to their target size for exit and chose us to help them with their management buy-out. We made sure that their exit was as tax efficient as possible and reduced their exposure to any future disputes with the purchaser, while also structuring rewards for the key employees who had contributed to the success of the company.
High-profile individuals in football
We are acting for a number of figures in the international football industry in relation to a Code of Practice 8 (COP 8) investigation. Our clients were missold investment schemes that amounted to tax avoidance, and we are dealing with HMRC on their behalf and negotiating a settlement with their negligent advisers.
An art heir
We represented the son and heir of a well-known American painter in cases arising out of a major art fraud worth an estimated $100 million. Our client had been among numerous victims of a Manhattan dealer who had committed the deceit to fund his extravagant lifestyle.
Camera della Moda
Camera della Moda is a non-profit organisation specialising in the promotion and support of the Italian fashion industry and young designers. The organization was challenged about the domain name for their website, and we successfully defended this allowing them to carry on building their online profile. Withers have a long-standing relationship with Camera della Moda, and together we help to support them in brand protection and the IP of the brands they represent.
Withers has a strong track record in representing high-profile and high-net-worth figures in the world of sport. When leading football manager Jürgen Klopp was approached by Liverpool Football Club to become its manager, we represented him in the negotiations for his move and the extension to his contract.
DieselReboot by Diesel
Withers is proud to have represented global Italian retailer Diesel during the launch of their reinventive new brand DieselReboot. During the launch, Withers worked alongside Diesel's newly appointed artistic director Nicola Formichetti and advised on the brand's new aims to 'rediscover and reactive the DNA of Diesel'.
Max Mara - Jennifer Garner campaign
Italian fashion house Max Mara has a long history of designing luxury couture clothing and has a strong reputation as one of the world's top fashion brands. When their latest campaign involved offering American screen actress Jennifer Garner the opportunity to be the face of their new sunglasses range, Withers was there to assist and provide advice for the agreement.
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