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Media and tech trader jump at O’Melveny in New York

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Signage is seen outside the O’Melveny & Myers law firm in their legal offices in Washington, DC, U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • Matthew Syrkin was Global President of Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Media, Technology and Business Transactions Group
  • He said he brings a “wide roster of industry leaders”

(Reuters) – Los Angeles-based O’Melveny & Myers said on Tuesday it had tapped a media and technology industry trader who has handled deals for companies such as Roku Inc, WarnerMedia LLC and Home Box Office Inc.

Matthew Syrkin, who was global chairman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s media, technology and business transactions group, which he said he started in 2007, joins O’Melveny as co-chairman of the media technology group of the ‘company.

O’Melveny Chairman Bradley Butwin said in a statement that Syrkin would help the firm meet the demand for “sophisticated, innovative and proactive media and technology advice.”

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Hughes Hubbard’s website no longer features a media, technology and business transactions group that was listed earlier this year, according to archived web pages. Ted Mayer, chairman of Hughes Hubbard, said in a statement that the company continues to have a “thriving” media practice within its corporate and M&A practices, noting that it worked for Paramount Global, Sony Music, AMC Networks Inc, Sotheby’s and MSG Entertainment Corp.

Syrkin said he brings a “wide list of industry leaders” to O’Melveny, though he declined to name them. He said O’Melveny’s background in the entertainment world and his willingness to evolve with the evolution of the industry was a major draw for him.

“Tech is now becoming so industry-agnostic that there’s really a groundswell happening here,” he said.

Syrkin said a convergence of media and technology represents a new wave that could help drive the market for legal transactions in the future, citing Sotheby’s creation of a one-of-a-kind art metaverse as an example.

In April, O’Melveny advised a New York-based sports and entertainment company on its acquisition by metaverse development firm Infinite Reality LLC.

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Chinekwu Osakwe

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Chinekwu Osakwe covers legal industry news with a focus on mid-sized law firms. Contact her at [email protected]