London - Leading global law firm Mayer Brown has advised Entertainment One on the £143.7 million acquisition of Alliance Films, the major Canadian film distribution company. 

The acquisition will create the largest independent film distributor in Canada and the United Kingdom. Entertainment One will have a combined library of more than 35,000 film and television titles with Pulp Fiction, The Kings Speech, Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games complimenting current titles such as the Twilight film series.

Entertainment One Ltd is an international entertainment business listed on the London Stock Exchange operating in Canada, the UK, Europe and the USA. Mayer Brown has advised Entertainment One Ltd since its incorporation.

Robert Hamill, London corporate partner, commented: "We are delighted to have worked alongside Entertainment One Ltd in this transformational transaction."

The Mayer Brown team was led by Corporate partners Robert Hamill and Kate Ball-Dodd assisted by Corporate associates Rebecca Bothamley, Rosemary Hewitt and Frances Hull, and trainees Hannah Cartwright, Josephine Heard and Alexander Reuben. Chicago Finance partner Will Walker, Intellectual Property partner Sarah Byrt, associate Oliver Yaros, and Employment partner Bernadette Daley.

Entertainment One Ltd was also advised by Mark Trachuk, Partner of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP of Toronto.

Will Pearce of Herbert Smith LLP acted as English advisers to the joint bookrunners J.P. Morgan and Cenkos Securities and Daryl Pinkster of Morgan Lewis LLP acted as US advisers to the debt providers J.P. Morgan and Barclays.