Blunt, Michelle L.

Michelle L. Blunt

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Michelle Blunt is a partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in London. She is also a core member of Baker McKenzie’s Global Taxation of Intangibles Practice Group. Michelle speaks and writes regularly on a range of commercial IP issues. Recent topics include the taxation of intangibles, managing IP contracts in an economic downturn and effective IP due diligence. Michelle is a member of the firm’s CSR board with particular responsibility for sustainability issues. Michelle works regularly for pro-bono clients.

Practice Focus

Michelle is seasoned in all aspects of commercial and transactional IP. She has significant depth of experience handling IP aspects of M&A transactions. She also regularly assists clients in a wide range of industries with IP advisory work, licensing, R&D and cost-sharing arrangements and regulatory and IP compliance advice. Michelle has a strong interest in tax aspects of intangibles and is a core member of Baker & McKenzie’s global taxation of intangibles practice group.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised a client in respect of acquisitions, disposal and licensing of key home, personal care and food brands.
  • Advised WME IMG on their acquisition of the rights to operate Winter Wonderland Hyde Park.
  • Advised Cargill on its EUR1.4 billion acquisition of EWOS salmon-feed company.
  • Advised Rio Tinto on the sale of its interest in its Hydrogen energy business to joint venture partner BP.
  • Advised American Standard on their USD1.75 billion sale of the Bath & Kitchen division.
  • Advised BP plc in relation to its joint ventures with Solvay and Nova and the spin-out of its Innovene chemicals businesses.
  • Advised Smirnoff/Smirnov vodka joint venture for Diageo plc.
  • Advised Borders Books on their disposal of UK and Irish operations.
  • Twelve month secondment to lead MTV’s digital media practice.

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2003)
  • Australia (1998)

Education

  • Bristol University (Diploma IP Law) (2002)
  • Cambridge University (LL.M. First Class) (1999)
  • Flinders University (Bachelor of Commerce) (1998)
  • Flinders University (LL.B. Honors) (1998)

Languages

  • English

Previous Offices

  • Melbourne