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The IP Finance Group at Frankfurt Kurnit helps clients leverage existing and future intellectual property assets and related revenue streams to obtain financing for new and growing IP ventures.
We represent investors, whether individuals, partnerships, companies, and hedge funds, as well as banks and lenders and owners of all types of IP assets, including writers, artists, art galleries, celebrities, film, television and video game producers and distributors; and business and restaurant owners and other owners of copyrights and trademarks.
We have led the way in developing many of the models for financings secured by existing intellectual property and future revenue streams.
- Bank loans
- Private placements
- Slate financings
- Crowd-sourced financings (using donation and investment models)
- Corporate sponsorships
- Fiscal sponsorships – e.g., contributions to exempt organizations with specific directions for use of the funds
- Equity-charitable joint ventures – e.g., creation of a tandem structure permitting an IP owner to receive funding from: (a) grants or fiscal sponsorships from non-profit, charitable organizations or governmental agencies; (b) donation model crowdfunding; and (c) investors seeking a return of capital and possibly a share of profits.
- Future income streams from:
- State and federal tax credits
- Domestic and foreign co-production agreements
- IP licenses
- Software licenses
- Pre-sales of rights –- foreign distribution agreements or commissioned works
- Trademarks –- for products, services and celebrity brands
- Copyrights –- for individual or groups of IP assets, existing or to be created
- Publicity rights –- for actors, writers, models, artists, celebrities and other talent
- Fine art
Our group has extensive experience advising clients about strategies to make full use of available tax benefits and to avoid the pitfalls of unintended tax consequences under federal, state, local and foreign tax laws and regulations.