Tom AraPartner & Co-Lead, Sports, Media & Entertainment Finance & Transactions Group, DLA Piper
Tom co-leads DLA Piper’s Sports, Media & Entertainment Finance and Transactions Group, a leading full-service practice spanning sports, film, television, music, digital, video games, metaverse and related businesses. Tom focuses his practice on media and entertainment industry transactions, both domestic and international, which includes the representation of industry focused companies and participants in mergers, acquisitions and corporate matters as well as transactional matters of all types in connection with the development, financing, production and distribution of various forms of content, including film, television, comic books and graphic novels, podcasts, video games and virtual properties. Tom has consistently been recognized by Variety as a top “Dealmaker” and by the Hollywood Reporter as a “Power Lawyer.” Chambers USA has described Tom as having "great industry knowledge and business acumen.” He is frequently quoted by leading industry publications and financial news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg and many others on his industry insights and expertise. Tom serves as an Advisory Board Member of the impactful Blackhouse Foundation, an organization which seeks to expand opportunities for black filmmakers, and as a Trustee for the prestigious US-Asia Institute.