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7 October 20215 minute read

DLA Piper advises HarbourView Equity Partners in its launch and strategic relationship with Apollo Global Management

DLA Piper represented HarbourView Equity Partners, a global alternative asset manager focused on investment opportunities in the media and entertainment space, in its recent launch and the establishment of a strategic relationship with Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”), a global alternative investment management firm. Apollo clients and funds will serve as lead investors in HarbourView.

Founded and led by Sherrese Clarke Soares, HarbourView combines decades of industry knowledge and investing experience, supported by the scale of a global platform like Apollo’s, to launch a fresh take on investment management, built on intellectual curiosity and the desire to defy convention. Clarke Soares is a seasoned investor and tenured player in the entertainment and media industries, with more than 20 years of relevant industry experience with stops at CIT, Morgan Stanley and most recently as founder and CEO of Tempo Music.

“It was a pleasure to work with Sherrese and the HarbourView team to advise on the firm’s launch and its agreement with Apollo, combining our deep media and entertainment sector experience with our extensive finance, corporate and tax capabilities to facilitate these transactions,” said Robert J. Sherman, co-chair of the firm's Entertainment Finance practice, who led the firm’s deal team. “HarbourView is positioned to quickly be a major player in the global media and entertainment asset management sector.”

“The professionalism, attention to detail and legal skills of Rob and the DLA Piper team were vital assets throughout our launch process, and we are grateful for their support as we enter the next phase of our business,” Clarke Soares said.

In addition to Sherman (Los Angeles), the DLA Piper team representing HarbourView included partners Gerald Rokoff, Naftali Dembitzer, Jay Williams (all of New York), Richard Ashley (Chicago), Claire Hall, Ben Gipson and Holly Lake (all of Los Angeles); of counsel Lucien White (New York); and associates Joy Cheng (New York) and Payvand Coyle (Los Angeles).

DLA Piper's market-leading international team of media, sport and entertainment lawyers, located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, advise firm clients on innovative finance, investment, M&A and corporate matters across media sectors, including in the music, film, TV and new media spaces, as well as on the resolution of disputes.