Press Release

Kirkland Advises Hipgnosis Songs Capital on Acquisition of 29 Music Catalogues from Hipgnosis Songs Fund

Kirkland & Ellis advises Hipgnosis Songs Capital, a partnership between Hipgnosis Song Management and funds managed and/or advised by Blackstone, on its acquisition of 29 music catalogues from Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, a UK listed investment company, for cash consideration of $440 million. The acquisition includes the catalogues of Nelly, Shakira, Barry Manilow, Rick James and Kaiser Chiefs.

In October 2021, Kirkland advised Blackstone on the launch of its $1 billion partnership with Hipgnosis Song Management to acquire music rights and manage catalogues.

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The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Aprajita Dhundia and David Higgins and IP/music partners Seth Traxler and Rory Wellever, with assistance from corporate partners Francesca Storey-Harris and associates Christopher Weale and Joe Timmins; IP/music partner Shellie Freedman and associates Michael James, Justin Garfinkle, Maggie King and Kyla Risko; corporate partners Hayley Hollender, John Kaercher and Patrick Salvo and associates Marc Holloway and Toshi Mahapatra; antitrust partner Athina Van Melkebeke and associate Lucy Mahon; and tax partner James Seddon and associate Alexandria Solomou provided additional support.