Maria Seferian is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate transactions and other business matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, arts and entertainment transactions and intellectual property.
Ms. Seferian serves as counsel in a number of business and legal contexts, including public and private mergers and acquisitions in contested and non-contested contexts, private equity investments, venture capital, strategic transactions, joint ventures, intellectual property licensing and development arrangements, executive employment arrangements, proxy contests and corporate governance for businesses and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Seferian frequently counsels companies at all stages of development in the arts and culture and media and entertainment industries, among many other industries. As part of her media and entertainment practice, Ms. Seferian advises companies in connection with controlling and minority investments in traditional and new media and generally in the entertainment industry. As part of her arts and culture practice, Ms. Seferian advises museums and other non-profit organizations, as well as galleries and artists. Ms. Seferian has also advised clients in high-profile contested and non-contested acquisitions of privately-held and public companies and has experience representing independent directors in election proxy contests. She has also conducted several internal corporate investigations and has represented her clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission and state attorneys general.
Ms. Seferian graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was the executive articles editor of the Harvard Civil Rights and Liberties Law Review. She joined the firm after completing a clerkship for the Honorable James L. Oakes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
Ms. Seferian is co-president and a member of the Board of Directors of the California Lawyers for the Arts, as well as a member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. She was named a Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine in 2011.
The shareholders of Mayacamas Vineyards, a legendary Napa Valley winemaker, in their sale of the company to Charles Banks and other investors.
The Yucaipa Companies in various investments, including investments in Relativity Media, Barneys New York and Hf. Eimskipafelag Islands, and in connection with various joint ventures, including the Las Vegas clubs "Light" and "Daylight."
Hugh Hefner in connection with publicity and rights licensing arrangements with Playboy Enterprises.
The Topps Company in its acquisition of GMG Lifestyle Entertainment Inc., a Facebook gift card provider.
The Tornante Company in various acquisitions and investments.
Universal Music Group in numerous acquisitions and joint ventures.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Motion Picture & Television Fund, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Annenberg Trust at Sunnylands, Occidental Petroleum’s interest in the Hammer Museum and other organizations in fundamental transactions and general corporate representation.