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Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys

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    Power Lawers 2012
    Matthew Thompson

    UC Hastings College of the Law

    Why he matters: Thompson has put together more than $1 billion of deals over the past year for Relativity Media and others -- including a joint venture between Sony and Constantine to launch The Mortal Instruments, a sister franchise to Resident Evil; as well as Leftfield Pictures' acquisition of reality TV maker Sirens Media (The Real Housewives of New Jersey). He also has done additional work on the Mark Burnett/Hearst Entertainment joint venture One Three Media, which is behind the smash hit miniseries The Bible.

    Big deal: In May, Thompson handled the reported $300 million recapitalization of Relativity. "There were so many moving parts," he says. "We were the hub of the wheel, working with existing investors, new investors, lenders, the production financiers and print-and-advertising financiers. My team was sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with the Relativity [execs], and there were multiple times when we would work three or four days, all night through. But we got the entire thing done in a little less than eight weeks."

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