Christopher Staton Spicer

Christopher S. Spicer is a member of the firm’s corporate practice, and he focuses primarily on entertainment and media finance.

Practice & Background

Mr. Spicer represents financial institutions and other financiers with respect to their film and television lending. He also advises borrowers, distributors, independent production companies, high-net-worth individuals, completion guarantors and others involved in various aspects of the production, financing and distribution of film and television projects.

Mr. Spicer is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the graduate and undergraduate level in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Mr. Spicer received his B.B.A. cum laude and his B.A. in 2001 from the University of Washington and his J.D. in 2005 from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the California Bar and the Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
Representative Matters

Mr. Spicer’s recent engagements include the representation of:

a senior lender group on a four-year senior secured credit revolving credit facility providing up to €45 million of co-financing for a European studio’s films
a major bank in past and ongoing film production lending, including a $500 million credit facility for Summit Entertainment
a UAE sovereign investment fund in connection with various investments in the entertainment and media areas
a UAE film and media company in connection with the structure and maintenance of various joint ventures with a U.S.-based sales company and U.S.-based producers
Media Rights Capital in connection with a five-year senior secured $350 million revolving credit facility with JPMorgan (including the negotiation of the 2011 refinancing of the credit facility)
Comerica Bank, Union Bank, Endgame Entertainment, East West Bank and other financiers on multiple, single project loans providing financing in excess of $1 billion, including for the films: Ender’s Game, The Twilight Saga Franchise, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Red 2, Evil Dead, Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, The Master, Good Deeds, Madea’s Witness Protection, Limitless, Mirror Mirror, Act of Valor, and the television series Hemlock Grove
the American Film Institute in connection with various matters, including sponsorship agreements, licensing agreements and sweepstakes.

Awards & Accolades

Variety’s “Up Next” section as one of five up-and-coming individuals in the industry in 2012
Variety’s “Best and Brightest of Hollywood Law” in 2011.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Cross-Border Collaboration: Joint Ventures in Emerging Economies,” Harvard Law School 2012 Entertainment Law Symposium.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Corporate, 2) Finance, 3) Entertainment and Media and 4) North America
Law School Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2005
Admitted Year 2007
Education University of Washington, cum laude,B.B.A., 2001; University of Washington, B.A., 2001
Bar Member / Association Texas State Bar Associations, California State Bar Associations
Most recent firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
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