8 September 20203 minute read

DLA Piper advises APA in investment from Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies

DLA Piper represented Beverly Hills-based talent agency APA in a major non-equity financial investment from The Yucaipa Companies firm, an investment firm owned and run by Ron Burkle.

With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Atlanta, Toronto and London, APA represents some of the most accomplished, celebrated and award-winning actors, writers, producers, directors, creators, comedians, musicians, authors, intellectual properties, production companies, artisans, social influencers and lifestyle brands, across all media platforms worldwide and spanning all disciplines of entertainment.

“We were pleased to bring together our extensive experience handling media and entertainment transactions and advising professional services firms to advise APA on this investment, which will help APA grow its roster of agents and clients and position itself for continued success,” said Afshin Beyzaee, the DLA Piper partner who led the firm’s deal team.

“DLA Piper’s experience with these type matters played an important role in helping us navigate the many nuances of our collaboration with Yucaipa Companies, and I’m very grateful for their valuable guidance and support,” said Jim Gosnell, CEO of APA.

In addition to Beyzaee (Los Angeles), the DLA Piper team representing APA included partner Margo Tank (Washington, DC) and associates Daniel Zar, Rahul Sajnani, Sevag Kechichian (all of Los Angeles) and Andrew Grant (Washington, DC).

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.