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    John Burke
    John Burke
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

    Southwestern University School of Law

    Why he matters: One of Hollywood’s top finance
lawyers, Burke’s duties include management of 250 films in 
The Weinstein Co. film library, legal oversight of Dune Capital Management’s $600 million production and distribution arrangement with Fox, slate financing deals to the tune of $300 million and $100 million for Spyglass Entertainment
and Focus Features, respectively, and Bank of America’s participation in a $1.2 billion credit facility for Village Roadshow to co-finance Warner Bros. movies. And in 2012, he helped raise $275 million more for Village Roadshow. Burke also represents three major New York hedge funds that are recapitalizing Relativity Media.

    Key deal: Burke represented Bank of America and JP Morgan in a credit facility allowing Content Partners to acquire a 50 percent interest in the TV series CSI from Goldman Sachs. Every one of the entities on both sides of the deal are Akin Gump clients, notes Burke, “so it shows what a small world it has become.”

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