Tom Ara named a National Law Journal 2019 Sports and Entertainment Trailblazer

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Tom Ara, co-chair of the firm's Entertainment Transactions and Finance practices, has been named to the National Law Journal's 2019 Sports and Entertainment Trailblazers list.

The publication highlighted the global nature of Ara's practice, his role as a trustee of the board of the US-Asia Institute, and his work in rapidly developing segments of the entertainment industry, such as eSports.

Ara has been involved in a multitude of transactions throughout the world in both traditional media and emerging technologies, representing media companies, financiers and industry participants of all types in financing and strategic industry transactions. He advises feature film studios, television networks, production companies, Internet and mobile-based content producers and distributors in corporate transactions as well as in the development, production and distribution of feature films, television programs and digital content. National Law Journal highlighted Ara's work in eSports, including representing clients who are "launching a variety of businesses in the space" and handling "creative deals for competitions and life cycles."

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 on finance, borrowing, investment and corporate issues, production and rights acquisitions, exploiting media rights, staging and exploiting live sports and other events, intellectual property protection and enforcement, regulatory and administrative issues, antitrust and competition law, stadium and arena development and on the resolution of disputes.