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About Mathew

As a highly regarded transactional lawyer with a focus on Intellectual Property (IP),  Entertainment, Media, and Technology (EMT) law, Mathew helps clients navigate complex cross-border deals and unlock global opportunities.With a proven track record of success spanning over 20 years, Mathew Alderson is a trusted advisor to leading companies navigating complex Australian, Chinese, and international IP, entertainment, media, and technology transactions. As a highly regarded transactional lawyer with a focus on Intellectual Property (IP), Entertainment, Media, and Technology (EMT) law, Mathew helps clients unlock global opportunities.

Mathew’s expertise spans a wide range of EMT transactions, including:

  • Strategic alliances and joint ventures
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Licensing agreements
  • Financing transactions
  • Content distribution

Mathew previously led our law firm’s Shanghai office from 2011 until 2023, representing major Hollywood studios and producers in motion picture and television projects. Mathew now leads our Sydney office, our Australia law group, and our international media and entertainment practice

Described by Variety Magazine as a “game-changing attorney,” Mathew is known for his strategic thinking, unwavering dedication to client success, and ability to achieve exceptional results.

A "Game Changing" Attorney

Mathew divides his time between Shanghai and Sydney, advising clients on legal matters involving Australia and China. Mathew heads up our firm’s burgeoning Australia practice, helping foreign companies with their legal affairs in Australia, and teaming up with our U.S. and EU attorneys to help Australian companies with their legal affairs in the United States and the EU. Mathew also helps foreign and domestic companies navigate the legal complexities of the Australian medicinal cannabis market.

Described by Variety Magazine as a “game-changing attorney,” Mathew is known for his strategic thinking, unwavering dedication to client success, and ability to achieve exceptional results.

 

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Fast Facts

Education

  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (B.A. & LL.B)
  • The College of Law, Sydney, Australia (Legal Practice Course)

Languages

  • English (Native)
  • Chinese (Intermediate)

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  • Advised foreign copyright collection society on China legal and business affairs.
  • Advised US streamer on content license deals with Chinese streamers.
  • Provided China production legals for major Hollywood studio.
  • Provided China production legals for US streamer.
  • Advised major Hollywood studio on China production and distribution deals for episodic content.
  • Advised major Hollywood studio on China distribution agreements and China format licenses for episodic content.
  • Structured and papered VIE-led China streaming venture for foreign syndicate.
  • Advised foreign government on China co-creation, co-development and co-production issues and prepared suite of bilingual forms for use by foreign industry.
  • Advised major US experience marketing company on China client and supplier contracts and prepared suite of bilingual forms.
  • Represented Chinese production company on local-language projects for US and European branded content.

Proven Expertise for Challenging Legal Issues

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Trade War Threatens Hollywood’s Business in China

Mathew Alderson in Variety

“Our clients and industry sources are telling us there is to be a de facto ban on U.S. content in the theatrical and streaming sectors,” said Shanghai-based entertainment attorney Mathew Alderson, a partner at Harris Sliwoski, an international law firm whose China office has several U.S. clients. “As far as I’m aware, the policy has not been written down, and we don’t expect it to be. However, it is coming to the attention of the industry now.”

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Deal Will Transform China’s Wanda into Entertainment Giant

Mathew Alderson in Variety

With a majority interest in Legendary, Wanda would acquire the capacity to produce content in, and for, the U.S. and China. At the same time, ongoing ownership of Wanda Cinemas and AMC Entertainment might be expected to augment this production capacity with a parallel theatrical exhibition reach. “All of this will be taking place in the biggest and second biggest box office markets in the world,” says Mathew Alderson, partner at U.S and China-based law firm Harris Sliwoski. “Producing content with simultaneous appeal in both markets will remain an ongoing challenge. Other challenges would include the integration of production and theatrical exhibition in a single business in either market, not to mention coordinating activities in both markets.”

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China’s Looming Entertainment Problem: Not Enough Lawyers

Mathew Alderson in The Hollywood Reporter

Insiders say there is no telling how the case will shake out. While China already has a world-class set of intellectual property laws on the books, this is largely because such a framework is a requirement of the country’s membership to the World Trade Organization. The trouble is that this framework has been grafted onto a society that simply has no frame of reference for the underlying concepts,” says Mathew Alderson, a partner at Harris Sliwoski specializing in media, entertainment and IP law, and Co-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Media & Entertainment forum in Shanghai.

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