Joshua B. Grode is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP and co-chair of the firm's Transactions Practice. Mr. Grode's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, including structured debt financings, and day-to-day corporate governance matters. Mr. Grode has particular expertise in transactions involving intellectual property across a wide range of industries. His clients include financial institutions, entertainment and media conglomerates, technology and new media companies including videogame companies. 

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Representative Matters

Notable transactions include representing:

  • Miramax in its acquisition by media and entertainment company beIN Media Group
  • Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. in the $3.5-billion purchase of Legendary Entertainment
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and related Academy foundations with the issuance of $341 million aggregate principal amount of tax-exempt, fixed and floating rate "Oscar Bonds" to finance the construction and development of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
  • Guggenheim Securities, LLC as initial purchaser in a $340 million whole business securitization transaction
  • Colony Capital in the $660-million purchase of Miramax Films from Disney and related financing
  • Summit Entertainment, LLC in a multi-tranche debt and equity financing
  • Marvel Entertainment in a $500-million senior and subordinated debt film financing 
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. as arranger of a $200-million film production credit facility
  • Lions Gate Entertainment in a $200-million film production and Prints & Advertising (P&A) financing
  • Merrill Lynch & Co as arranger and lender in a revolving P&A financing
  • Comerica Bank as arranger and lender of a $200-million senior revolving credit facility
  • Client in sell-side M&A transaction involving a leading videogame developer
  • Private equity firm in the purchase of fixed-base operators
  • Private equity firm in the purchase of structured settlement originators
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Honors & Awards

  • Variety's "Dealmakers Impact Report" (2015)
  • Variety's "Legal Impact Report" (2015-2016)
  • The Hollywood Reporter's "Power Lawyers" (2007-2016)
  • Daily Journal's "Top Entertainment Lawyers" (2014-2015)
  • Best Lawyers (2016-2017)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2006-2016)
  • Los Angeles Business Journal's "Who's Who in Law" (2007, 2009 & 2010)
  • International Finance Law Review "Deal of the Year – Securitization" (2006)
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Professional Activities

  • Prior Member of the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel (AMEC) Law Firm Advisory Board
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
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Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors of the Special Olympics of Southern California
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Village School
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Bar Admissions

  • California