Ms. Michaelson is a partner in both the Transactional Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group, which was recently ranked by U.S. Legal 500 in its top tier, and the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Century City office. Ms. Michaelson also spent two years in the firm's London office, from 2011-2013.
Areas of Practice
Linda Michaelson's practice focuses on the representation of companies involved in corporate transactions in the entertainment and media, technology, fashion and apparel, renewable energy, and healthcare industries. Ms. Michaelson represents major motion picture studios, television networks, independent production companies, digital media companies, investors and other institutional entertainment, media and convergence clients in strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and other corporate finance transactions around the world.
Ms. Michaelson represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate transactions including formation planning, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, public and private equity and debt offerings, corporate governance, executive employment agreements, and relationships among shareholders, among other general corporate matters. Ms. Michaelson's clients range from individuals and privately held companies to publicly-traded corporations.
•Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts, Legal 500, 2014
•Southern California Super Lawyer, 2007-2013
•100 Outstanding Women of Los Angeles, Women's Image Network (an organization that recognizes women who have demonstrated superior achievement in their respective entertainment industry-related fields), 2006
Recent Representative Transactions
Represented VPD, IV, Inc. in its sale to Ingram Entertainment.
Co-led representation of Relativity Media in its joint venture with EuropaCorp Films.
Co-led representation of Relativity Media in its joint venture with B4U.
Co-led representation of Asylum Entertainment in its acquisition by Legendary Entertainment.
Co-led representation of Elder Statesman in its sale of equity to an affiliate of Chrome Hearts.
Represented MicroFocus International plc in its acquisition of certain assets from Progress Software.
Represented joint venture of media and technology companies formed to develop and deliver video on demand and interactive services.
Represented a number of UK-based digital media companies in connection with the U.S. aspects of their sales to U.S. buyers.
Represented Splash News & Picture Agency in the sale of its assets to Corbis Images.
Represented Outcast Media International in a combination with Adtekmedia, Inc. and Captive Media Network, LLC to form Outcast Media Holdings, Inc., including an investment by Parthenon Capital.
Represented IAC in connection with its transaction with Ben Silverman to form Electus.
US counsel to Brighter Option (UK) in its sale to Buddy Media (US).
Assisted in the entertainment representation of Comcast in connection with its multi-billion dollar acquisition of NBC Universal.
Assisted in the representation of RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD) in its initial public offering.
Represented RadNet, Inc. (Nasdaq: RDNT) in $200 million 10 3/8% 144A senior notes offering.
Represented RadNet, Inc. in its tender to purchase for cash its $200 million aggregate principal amount of 10 3/8% senior notes and related consent solicitation.
Represented SolarNet, LLC in its acquisition of the assets of DC Power Systems and Stellar Energy Solutions and in a majority investment in SolarNet, LLC by ITOCHU Corp.
Represented Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. in its acquisition of Embassy Row, LLC.
Co-led representation of IAC in connection with its deal with Ben Silverman to form Electos.
Represented Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.(NYSE:LGF) in its acquisition of Artisan Entertainment.
Represented Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.(NYSE:LGF) in its acquisition of the Modern Entertainment library of film rights.
Represented MoonScoop S.A.S. in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Mike Young Productions, LLC (now Splash Entertainment, LLC).
Represented Kabillion, LLC in connection with an investment by EM.TV.
Co-led initial public offering of JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq: JMDT).
Co-led sale of JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq: JMDT) to Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: ERTS).
Represented RadNet, Inc (formerly Primedex Health Systems, Inc.) (Nasdaq: RDNT) in its acquisition of Radiologix, Inc. (AMEX: RGX).
Represented a studio in its bid to acquire a publicly traded home entertainment company, including a related proxy contest.
Represented a number of major motion picture studios in bids for, acquisitions and sales of cable and pay television channels.
Publications & News
•Sheppard Mullin Advises RadNet In Tender Offer
Daily Journal, March 11, 2014
•Sheppard Mullin Lands Entertainment Group
January 27, 2003
•VC Funding - The Inside Scoop on the Valley, presented on October 17, 2012 at Bootlaw in London
•New York Fashion Week, February 2011 - Fashionable Mergers: What you need to know about Mergers and Acquisitions
•Moderated panel on digital distribution at Winston Baker Film Finance Forum on March 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA (Also at London, England Office)