Michael S. Poster
Advertising & Digital Media
Banking & Financial Services
Internet, Software & Technology
Music & Entertainment
Corporate & Securities
Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of New York
- Association of Independent Music Publishers
- New York University School of Law, J.D.
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A.
Michael Poster, the head of M&R’s Corporate & Securities Department and the firm’s Music Acquisitions & Financing Chair, represents clients in corporate and financing transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital investments, and debt and equity financings, with a focus on music industry deals. In fact, he is one of the few attorneys in the country with a deep knowledge of the music business, on the one hand, and extensive experience in sophisticated corporate, private equity, finance and M&A transactions, on the other. In addition to music-related deals, Michael represents a range of private and public companies, including private equity groups, hedge funds, institutional lenders, strategic buyers, entrepreneurs and individual investors, in corporate matters across a broad range of industries, such as agriculture, financial services, apparel, insurance, advertising, telecommunications, defense technology and equipment rental, among others.
With an approach to transactions that is both practical and business-focused, Michael is an extraordinarily effective strategic counselor and deal manager. In addition to his M&A and mid- and late-stage venture financing work, Michael handles executive employment agreements, merger proxies and other federal securities filings, and seeding and management of hedge funds and private equity funds. As referenced above, he also facilitates the purchase and sale of music companies and recording and publishing catalogs, as well as private equity acquisitions, venture capital investment, joint ventures and bank financing in the music space. Particularly versed in asset-based lending and the use of copyrights and other intellectual property as collateral in finance transactions, Michael’s roster of clients includes financial institutions, record labels, music publishers, entertainment-focused investment firms, and technology companies.
Michael is a frequent commentator and writer on issues related to corporate finance, music and, more broadly, entertainment, having been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business, and Billboard. He also regularly participates as a panelist at industry conferences on corporate and entertainment law, including CMJ and Mondo.NYC (Michael served as CLE Chairman of these global business summits of music and tech industry insiders and innovators, emerging artists and their fans).