Chair of Music Acquisitions & Financing and Partner, Michelman & Robinson LLP
Michael Poster is Chair of Music Acquisitions and Financing and a partner in Michelman & Robinson LLP's New York Office, where he specializes in catalog acquisitions, corporate M&A, debt and equity financing transactions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, and other deals where the music industry and corporate dealmaking converge.
As a transactional attorney with over 25 years' experience, Michael has successfully structured, negotiated and closed a broad range of corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, joint ventures, secured financings, venture investments and executive employment agreements) with an emphasis on transactions in the music, media and entertainment industries. He has been included in Billboard Magazine's annual list of the Top Music Lawyers each year from 2018 through 2022 and has been included among their list of top legal dealmakers in music catalog transactions. Michael was also named a "Power Lawyer in Music" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2021.
Michael has been referred to as "the most evil lawyer in the world," "one of those New York lawyers," and "the most effective dealmaker in the music industry" (we will leave it to you to figure out which was from a client).
Michael is honored to have served as chairman of the Mondo.NYC annual CLE event and has previously served as chair of other NY-based entertainment and media law programs for more than 10 years. In addition, he has spoken and published articles on copyright, corporate finance, entertainment and licensing issues and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Billboard Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Crain's New York Business and other publications.
CLE: Catalog Deals 2022: Evolving Models and Shifting Markets
10/14/22, 5:00 PM
As more catalog acquisitions occur, the marketplace is becoming more sophisticated. Buyers are becoming increasingly aware of previously unknown risks and inefficiencies, which are now being reflected in these transactions. In addition, the changing economic climate is simultaneously attracting new buyers while affecting pricing as a result of changing interest rates, exchange rates, royalty rates, and more. This panel will discuss many of these issue in depth form the perspective of experienced principals, attorneys and advisors. (Mondo attendees are welcome to attend all CLE panels.)
Catalog Shopping 2021
10/15/21, 6:00 PM
The catalog sale market continues to expand and evolve, with existing buyers expanding their holdings, the major labels getting back into acquisitions, and new players emerging on a weekly basis. In addition, the types of assets being acquired, and the deal sizes (both larger and smaller), are broadening in ways never before seen. This panel will discuss these changes in the marketplace and will feature the voices of several prominent buy-side and sell-side experts as they discuss how these changes are affecting the deal-making process.
CLE: The New Music Acquisitions Market
10/16/20, 4:00 PM
The M&A market for music catalogs and companies has evolved significantly over the past few years. New buyers are entering the marketplace on a regular basis, with funding from a range of domestic and foreign investors. Writers and rights owners who had not considered selling are now rethinking those decisions as sale multiples continue to increase. As the economic impact of streaming continues to develop, valuation models continue to evolve in ways that are more favorable to sellers, especially of more recent material. All of this is complicated by the COVID-19 crisis and its current and predicted effect on licensing income and the consumer market. This panel will cover how the M&A market continues to develop and how it is likely to be impacted by these changes to industry economics.