Christos P. Badavas
Christos P. Badavas

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
SESAC Music Group

Christos P. Badavas serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for SESAC Music Group. In this role, Badavas focuses on cutting-edge copyright issues affecting SESAC, its affiliated companies, and its clients, including digital licensing, global rights administration, legislative and regulatory issues, and other complex legal matters.

In 2021 Badavas worked on SESAC’s acquisition of Audiam as well as spearheaded 2020 efforts in Washington to support the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other legislation that assisted songwriters and composers whose livelihood was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the prior year, he managed the legal aspects of the refinancing of the company’s capital structure—a $560 million whole-business securitization debt refinancing that was a first for the music industry—and supported The Harry Fox Agency in negotiations to serve as the vendor to provide administration services to the Mechanical Licensing Collective formed under the Music Modernization Act.

In 2018, Badavas was an integral part of the team that launched Mint Digital Services, a joint venture between SESAC and SUISA, which allows for a more efficient process of administering license agreements for online music services across borders. He also worked with SESAC’s international team to execute partnerships such as the SESAC Digital Licensing partnership deal with Bertelsmann/BMG for certain rights in India. Earlier in his tenure at SESAC, Badavas was instrumental in providing legal oversight on behalf of SESAC with respect to the Blackstone acquisition.

Badavas was formerly Deputy General Counsel for The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the nation’s leading provider of rights management, licensing and royalty services for the music industry. While HFA was a subsidiary of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), Badavas provided counsel to the NMPA regarding legislative matters, industry negotiations, litigation, and settlements, such as Copyright Royalty Board Proceedings and statutory rate negotiations, and Section 115 reform.

Prior to joining HFA in November 2004, Badavas served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs at EMI Music North America. Before moving to EMI, he was a co-founder and the general counsel for software company Zebware, Inc. Before the creation of Zebware, he was a litigation associate at Richards & O’Neil, LLP from 1994 to 2000.

Badavas earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music and International Relations from Brown University and his Juris Doctor degree from the College of William and Mary Law School. A musician himself, Badavas has performed regularly in New York City with a jazz trio and other groups.

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