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The Weinsteins And WPP plc In First Deal Of Its Kind

In a first of a kind arrangement between Hollywood and a global  marketing and communications services company, WPP plc is among a number of well-known strategic, financial and individual equity holders in The Weinstein Company, a new movie-making enterprise launched by founders and former co-chairmen of Miramax, Bob and Harvey Weinstein.  Davis & Gilbert advised WPP plc in connection with its participation in the $490-million private equity placement completed last month. Partners Curt Myers, Ralph Norton, Joseph Lewczak and Jim Johnston led the D&G deal team and were assisted by associates Ann Jung and Mitzi Lieberman.

About Davis & Gilbert LLP
Since the days when Sen. William Benton (the founder of Benton & Bowles) and his client, a major packaged goods company, asked Davis & Gilbert to structure the deal for the first radio soap opera, Davis & Gilbert has been synonymous with marketing communications and business law. Today the firm serves as counsel to many major corporations, including some of the world's leading brands, four of the largest advertising agency holding companies, independently-owned marketing and communications services companies of all sizes and types, and their owners and executives. The firm holds the preeminent position in this dynamic segment, handling virtually every legal requirement – from intellectual property, corporate governance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, employment practices and executive benefits and compensation – to new media, real estate, taxation, estate planning and more.