McMillan, who was Prince's former lawyer and business partner and earned a combined 10 percent commission on the deals with Koppelman, had led the $31 million deal that had given UMG rights to a package of Prince's recorded music, including his trove of unreleased works known as "the vault." UMG sought to void the deal quickly after striking it, amid uncertainty over whether the rights it had been granted conflicted with rights already held by Warner Music Group.
McMillan had lobbied to keep the deal in place, but told Billboard in a text message this week that he thought the judge's decision to appoint a new administrator to investigate "what really happened and who is really responsible" was "wise and responsible."
"As I've always maintained, I stand by my work. We generated great value in a short period of time, did the work properly and there was no need for a rescission. The prior agreement that is the cause for concern was negotiated by Warner Bros. Records and others with Prince before he passed, and not me. My actions were all approved," McMillan told Billboard.
McMillan had reviewed WMG's agreement with Prince and consulted with other lawyers before finalizing the deal with UMG in late January, but UMG wasn't permitted to see the WMG contract until June.
Gleekel is provisionally entitled to $430 per hour for his work and is supposed to submit a report by December 15, according to a court filing. The estate's personal representative, Comerica Bank & Trust, couldn't conduct the investigation itself, due to the terms of agreement it entered into when it took over from Bremer Trust in February.