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New legal man for Merlin

By | Published on Thursday 28 August 2014


The agency that represents many of the indie labels in the digital domain, Merlin, has appointed a new Director of Legal & Business Affairs.

Ryan McWhinnie joins Merlin from law firm Harbottle & Lewis where he worked with a range of digital, music and live clients. In his new role he’ll report into Merlin’s Head of Business Affairs & General Counsel, Charlie Lexton.

Confirming the hire, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas told reporters: “As Merlin continues to operate at the forefront of a fast-developing digital music market, Ryan will be a valuable addition to our team. His joining significantly increases Merlin’s deal-making capacity and will allow us to deliver even greater efficiencies and value to our members”.

Meanwhile McWhinnie himself added: “I’m delighted to be joining such a dynamic team at what is an exciting period of change for the recorded music sector, and where the value of independent music has never been more evident. Merlin has already signed a number of landmark deals this year, and I look forward to contributing to the organisation’s success in the future”.