Alexei J. Cowett - McDermott Will & Emery


Alexei J. Cowett is a leading mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance dealmaker, with a focus on emerging growth companies in the consumer and tech sectors and production companies, content creators, and high-profile talent in the media, entertainment and sports industries. He also advises recognized brands in other industries, including the food and beverage and health and wellness sectors.

Alexei’s representations include complex corporate transactions, such as domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and partnerships, and venture and private equity financings. In the media, entertainment and sports space, he advises high-profile talent in endorsement and equity deals tailored to their unique priorities. Alexei also represents clients in general corporate and securities matters and advises on corporate governance issues. For several clients, he serves as outside general counsel and a strategic advisor.

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Media, Entertainment and Sports

  • Represented James Wan and Atomic Monster in their merger with Blumhouse*
  • Represented Aura with Robert Downey Jr.’s endorsement and investment*
  • Actor Ryan Reynolds and his creative marketing agency, Maximum Effort Marketing, in its sale to performance television platform MNTN*
  • Represented Upright Citizens Brigade and its owners (including Amy Poehler) in UCB’s sale to an investment group, which was backed by Elysian Park Ventures*
  • Represented Nielsen BuzzMetrics in various matters, including its acquisition of Intelliseek*
  • Represented Halle Berry in various transactional matters*
  • Represented A-list talent in the formation and financing of a consumer food business*
  • Represented A-list talent in a joint venture in the consumer telcom sector*
  • Represented a leading independent film studio in the sale of its film library*
  • Represented Panasonic in various transactions, including the sale of the XUMO advertising-supported streaming service to Comcast*

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University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, JD, cum laude, 1992
Harvard University, AB, magna cum laude, 1989

District of Columbia
New York

French (Proficient)