Corporate Law

How in-depth knowledge of Star Wars paid off for lawyers at Skadden


U.S. stamp commemorating Star Wars.
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Due diligence for last year’s $4 billion acquisition by Walt Disney Co. of Lucasfilm required the purchaser to check that George Lucas did, in fact, own the rights to some 10,000 characters and elements from his six Star Wars movies.

So Brian McCarthy, who heads the Los Angeles office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, decided it made sense to rally Star Wars fans working at the firm for the job, since they would already be familiar with characters. He was surprised by how many he found and the extent of their knowledge, recounts the Hollywood Reporter.

“I tried to find people in the office who … didn’t have to spend time figuring out who Princess Leia was,” McCarthy says. “I was shocked by how many people knew the intricacies of whose father-in-law was married to whose sister.”

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