SAVERIO (SAM) COPPOLA
Me Coppola is part of our tax and commercial law department. He has concentrated his practice in entertainment, media and commercial tax law. He also developed particular expertise in worldwide tax credits for film and other media industries and structuring co-productions and ventures with Canadian, US, European and Asian companies.
From the beginning of his career, he has been involved in tax planning, corporate reorganizations, business acquisitions and financing on both the national and international scale. His practice in a “paperless” environment maximizes the use of current technologies.
His tax practice led him to be involved in the entertainment industry and all legal aspects of production, co-production, financing and distribution of both foreign and Canadian certified film and television productions, including obtaining Canadian federal and provincial tax credits, star contract negotiation, distribution and bank financing.
His passion for technology made it a natural to be involved in the financing and licensing of various web, e-commerce, software, video gaming products and services, including rights clearances, capital investments, due diligence, multimedia productions and contract negotiation and preparation.
He is also involved in all legal aspects of the sound recording industry including management, publishing and promotion of musical works, recording artists, recording and publishing agreements, record label and record distribution agreements.
Me Coppola is a member of the Québec and Canadian Bar Associations, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and is a past member of the board of directors of “Fondation de la Cinémathèque québécoise”.
In 2014, Me Coppola was named Lawyer of the Year in Entertainment Law in Québec by the American publisher Best Lawyers. He has also been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Entertainment Law). He also received the Martindale-Hubbell BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rating and is recognized as a leading lawyer in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (consistently recommended – Entertainment Law).
Me Coppola also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa.