Mark Devereux

Mark Devereux

Senior Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

As one of the UK's leading media lawyers for the past 30 years, Mark is known as an innovator and a key influencer in the media sector. Acting for broadcasters, TV producers, film-makers, music businesses, financiers, publishers, theatre impresarios, celebrities and talent agencies on both sides of the Atlantic, Mark has helped to shape the media landscape and in particular the UK film and television industries.

Mark is a key figure in mergers and acquisitions in the UK independent television market. He has been involved in the vast majority of UK M&A activity in the independent television sector over the last fifteen years.

He regularly advises on the funding, sale and merger of media companies, the establishment of joint ventures, as well as complex tax based structured financings and output arrangements.

Although Mark specialises in providing strategic advice to global media companies and its leaders, he has been deeply involved in the development of independent British film and television throughout his career.  He is currently a deputy chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council, a director of Into Film and was previously the deputy chairman of the UK Film Council. He is a member of Jamie Oliver's advisory board and a director of Elisabeth Murdoch's Freelands art foundation. He is also a member of the UK/China digital Media and Entertainment Alliance.

Mark is one of the best connected people in the UK media industry and was the only lawyer listed in the Media Guardian top 100 in 2009 and 2010.

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A "doyen of the film industry," Mark Devereux maintains an active practice and is considered "one of the top" practitioners in the sector. He concentrates on providing strategic advice to leading filmmakers and TV production companies.

Chambers UK 2017

Mark Devereux receives unanimous praise from the market for his long-standing media industry expertise, having carved out a name for himself in film and television work. He is characterised as "a very sage and sensible practitioner."

Chambers UK 2016

Mark Devereux remains a highly respected industry figure, providing strategic corporate advice to high-profile media mainstays. He has enormous experience in film and television work, and recently worked on Studio Canal's acquisition of Red Productions.

Chambers UK 2015

Mark Devereux is a much-admired figure across the spectrum of media and entertainment, coming in for particular praise for his film and television work.

Chambers UK 2014

Senior partner Mark Devereux enjoys a great reputation for his film and TV work, attracting praise as an "extremely effective" and "straightforward" person to deal with.

Chambers and Partners 2013

Relevant experience

  • Jeremy Clarkson and Andy Wilman for the last decade and most recently on the financing and production of The Grand Tour for Amazon and in relation to the funding of Drivetribe.
  • Elisabeth Murdoch on the establishment of Shine, all its acquisitions and on the ultimate sale to NewsCorp and most recently on her investments into Sister Pictures, Youngest Media and Vertical Networks.
  • Judy Craymer, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus on the financing and production of Mamma Mia for Universal Pictures and subsequent films.
  • Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks on the financing and launch of Expectation Entertainment.
  • A global television and music celebrity on a complex corporate reorganisation and sale.
  • Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell on the financing and launch of House Productions.
  • One of the world's best known theatre impresarios on the licensing of their catalogue of film and TV rights.
  • A client on the establishment of a major international talent agency in China.
  • A major Chinese investor in relation to various media and technology investments in the UK.
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Education

  • 1983 - Member of the State Bar of California
  • 1981 – Solicitor of England and Wales
  • 1978 – Bachelor of Laws (LLB) London
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Memberships

  • Deputy chairman – British Screen Advisory Council
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