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Larissa Calva Ruiz is counsel to the Entertainment Group. Her practice covers a range of transactional entertainment work, including film financing matters. She is included in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s "Minority Leaders of Influence: Attorneys" list for 2021. She is recognized by Variety in its 2021 Legal Impact Report.
As part of Frankfurt Kurnit’s IP Finance Group, Ms. Calva Ruiz works to facilitate and execute a variety of financing transactions including debt financing, bridge lending, equity investment, mezzanine financing and tax credit lending transactions for production companies, ultra-high net worth individuals, structured funds and other award-winning clients. She represented Sherborne Media Capital in a financing deal for Roland Emmerich’s “Moonfall.” She represented Topic Studios in the negotiation of its financing deal with 30WEST for, “The Mauritanian” and oversaw the distribution deals with the BBC and STXfilms for this same project. Additionally, she represented sales agent Autlook Filmsales in a worldwide distribution deal with Neon for the documentary, “The Painter and the Thief” (named best documentary film of 2020 by the BBC and The Washington Post).
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Calva Ruiz was a part of the Entertainment Finance team at Akin Gump where she represented financiers and assisted in drafting and negotiating loan agreements and related loan documents for several feature films and televisions shows, including “355,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “The Personal History of David Copperfield”, “Narcos” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Ms. Calva Ruiz received her law license from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her LL.M from UCLA School of Law. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and Mexico.
awards & recognition
Los Angeles Business Journal "Minority Leaders of Influence: Attorneys" (2021)
Variety's Legal Impact Report (2021)
Universidad Iberoamericana: Licenciatura (J.D. Equivalent)
UCLA School of Law: LL.M in International and Comparative Law
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Corporate Counsel Women of Color: 17th Annual Career Strategies Conference
Larissa Calva Ruiz speaks on "Entertainment Industry Trends 2021" during a panel at the Corporate Counsel Women of Color's 17th Annual Career Strategies Conference.
September 22 2021
news & press
Variety’s 2021 Legal Impact Report
Variety’s 2021 Legal Impact Report includes Marcie Cleary for her representation of creators in film, TV and digital. Larissa Calva Ruiz, Hayden Goldblatt, Sean Jefferson and Alan Sacks are recognized for their work in entertainment finance. View Article
Los Angeles Business Journal: Minority Leaders of Influence
The Los Angeles Business Journal includes Larissa Calva Ruiz in the "Minority Leaders of Influence: Attorneys" list for 2021. View Article