• Legal & Business Affairs Manager

    Location UK-London
    Legal & Business Affairs
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Providing non-contentious legal support and advice to affiliates of Sony Music Entertainment (SME) on a global basis, but primarily in Europe, Asia and Africa, in respect of digital deals for the distribution of audio and audio-visual content.


    As a member of the Legal and Business Affairs team within the Global Digital Business (GDB) unit, you will be involved in the following:


    • Negotiating commercial and legal terms, plus drafting digital distribution agreements for music service providers and content aggregators on a local or multi-territory basis.
    • Advising affiliate companies on local deal proposals and negotiations based on GDB policies, guidelines and strategic objectives.
    • Participating in calls/meetings with affiliate companies in respect of business development and strategy in their markets.
    • Working closely with the Business Development teams in GDB’s London and New York offices, and also the Business Development leads within affiliate companies.
    • Working closely with the Sales and Partner Development teams in GDB’s London and New York offices to optimise deal terms and marketing/promotional opportunities for SME repertoire and artists.
    • Preparing deal memos summarising key elements of deals for approval and sign off by senior management.       
    • Working closely with GDB’s Finance and Operations teams to ensure that partner integrations are completed in accordance with, and that partners are compliant with, reporting and payment terms.
    • Responding appropriately to digital deal queries from the wider SME business, including labels and artists.   
    • Providing support to GDB’s Anti-Piracy team by acting as liaison between UK labels and IFPI with respect to pre-release leaks.

    Person Specifications


    • Firm knowledge and understanding of IP law
    • Experience within an in-house legal team/environment or law firm
    • Commercial experience and understanding is of equal importance to legal/contract experience.
    • Qualified solicitor with between 0 and 3 years’ PQE
    • Drafting and negotiation
    • Highly efficient/organised
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Commercial awareness
    • Knowledge and interest in digital media and music
    • Works well within a team
    • Ability to work with a wide variety of people with the ability to adapt style accordingly.
    • Sunny disposition


    • Digital distribution experience
    • Media sector experience


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