MasurLaw has joined Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP to form the CDAS Venture, Technology, and Digital Media Law Practice Groups. This press release tells the full story. Please call us at CDAS and let’s discuss how we can help your business.
MasurLaw was a full-service transactional law firm focused on the media, entertainment and technology sectors. It was active in many other industries, including games, fashion, branding and consumer products. Its distributed network of affiliate counsel extended our coverage across a wide range of disciplines and geographical regions, including Southern California, Silicon Valley, London and Hong Kong.
The firm worked with clients ranging from foreign or domestic public companies, to private and venture-backed concerns, to individuals with breakthrough new ideas, to celebrity talent. Since starting in 1994, it was fortunate to be involved with some of the most innovative new business concepts out there.
This was the firm you would call when you were doing something that strayed from the well-beaten path, or when you had a contract, or corporate problem that needed good, old-fashioned, business-minded counsel to help get you the best results.
How We Started
In 1994, we started bringing lessons learned from cable television to bear on nascent technology start–up companies. We worked with new companies from their earliest moments, helping to finalize partnership, shareholder, and LLC operating agreements, structure financing relationships, negotiate with venture capitalists, technology providers and customers, and draft all of the agreements needed to get up and running. The firm worked with hundreds of businesses and few firms had more experience with the problems faced by early stage companies.
MasurLaw was one of the first and best law firms to offer specialized expertise in new business sectors and outsourced general counsel services for early and later stage companies. We had many years of experience with various permutations of the agreements typically needed in any company. Also, we wrote some of the earliest internet software, video and music licensing, banner–ad, link–sharing, cross–promotion, co–branding, affiliate, syndication and e–commerce agreements, which, today, form the backbone of the media, entertainment, content and e–commerce businesses. Starting in 2000, we created the documents that enable some of the newer business models in the video game and mobile content industries. No other firm had our breadth of experience in these practice areas, or our clear understanding of the wide variety of problems that can result from the most typical internal company agreements.
Late Stage & Multi-National Clients
For late stage ventures, we handled higher stakes negotiations involving larger financing transactions, structured and negotiated joint ventures, revenue and profit sharing arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, asset sales, dissolutions, and work-arounds.
Our large multinational clients liked our relevant industry experience, breadth of contacts, and willingness to get the best outside help to research highly complex intellectual property questions to the furthest degree. For these clients, we researched specific intellectual property and e–commerce questions relevant to the success of their new business units.
MasurLaw also had a robust entertainment practice in music, film, and television. The experience and relationships we developed within the major media companies in our business practice complement the careers of our film, TV, and music clients. Also, our breadth of intellectual property and general business law experience gave us an advantage over the typical entertainment lawyer, whose practice revolves around a limited set of contracts and contacts. One of the reasons we joined CDAS is that we wanted to add to our offering the incredible array of business relationships and contextual understanding that entertainment lawyers bring to bear on their daily transactional work.
The Bottom Line
At CDAS we continue to build upon our proven reputation as innovators with a deep understanding of the issues specific to entertainment technology. Our clients get a much better value proposition than they would from a larger firm, which must rely on less experienced associates in order to support the overhead generated by infrastructure costs and bureaucracy. Like a good in–house counsel, we are actively involved in helping our clients run better businesses. We maintain a database of the best outside counsel. When our clients need help we can’t provide, we suggest the best possible resource, not just another lawyer within our firm. In short, MasurLaw pioneered a new type of law firm we feel is better for the client, and we have carried on this tradition at CDAS.