The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has unveiled a new legal structure at its secretariat in London.

LONDON -- The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has unveiled a new legal structure at its secretariat in London.

Lauri Rechardt has been upped to deputy general counsel/director of licensing and litigation. Prior to his promotion, Rechardt was senior legal advisor, legal policy and licensing. He joined the IFPI in 2000 after serving as assistant director of copyright society Gramex in his native Finland.

Separately, Maria Martin-Prat has taken the role of deputy general counsel/director of legal policy and regulatory affairs. She was deputy general counsel/director of legal policy and licensing.

Rechardt and Martin-Prat report to Allen Dixon, IFPI's general counsel/executive director.

"IFPI's legal department works on deterring online and physical theft of music, promoting healthy licensing practices and new-media services, and convincing governments to provide the legal protections needed to accomplish these things," Dixon tells ELW. "The reorganization of the legal department will help keep us sharply focused on those priorities."

Meanwhile, Tim Smith has joined the trade body as senior legal advisor/litigation manager. Smith, who reports to Rechardt, was a litigation lawyer with London-based law firm Ashursts.

In addition, the IFPI has hired Mark Simpson as senior legal advisor, working on legal policy and regulatory affairs issues. Most recently, he was a senior solicitor at New Zealand law firm Kensington Swan, specializing in competition law, regulatory issues and copyright law. Prior to that he was a senior analyst at the ministry of economic development, working on copyright law reform and competition policy.

In his new role, Simpson reports to Martin-Prat.

The reorganization follows the departures earlier this year of Geoff Taylor and Trevor Albery.

The British Phonographic Industry recruited Taylor as general counsel in May. At the IFPI, he was deputy general counsel/director of litigation and regulatory affairs.

Albery exited his role as IFPI senior legal advisor, litigation, to become director, European anti-piracy counsel and corporate anti-piracy affairs, for Warner Bros. Entertainment Europe, based in London.

Additionally, Emma Pike, European affairs executive at the IFPI's office in Brussels, will be taking on her new London-based role as director general of trade body British Music Rights in September.