Speaker profile


  • Mr Chris Ancliff
    General Counsel, International (London) and EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa
    Warner Music Group


Chris Ancliff joined Warner Music Group in 2009 as General Counsel, International, WMG. In this position, Ancliff has responsibility for all of the Group's legal and business affairs activities outside the US, working closely with WMG's recorded music and music publishing affiliates throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.

In 2016, Ancliff expanded his responsibilities by taking on the role of EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.  In this role, he oversees WMG’s operations in these developing markets. 

Prior to WMG, Ancliff spent 11 years at EMI International, rising from Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, to General Counsel, EMI Group.  In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal and business affairs activities including mergers and acquisitions, artist negotiations, litigation and industry issues. 

He began his career at London-based law firm Linklaters before moving to PolyGram International in 1993, where he became head of the legal department for the company’s popular music marketing division and later held the same post for its filmed entertainment operations, before joining EMI in 1998. 

Ancliff has helped inform and shape policy on music and the creative industries around the world through his roles with industry trade bodies such as BPI and IFPI.  

He graduated with Honours from the University of Exeter and qualified as a solicitor at The College of Law, Guildford.  He is a trustee of the EMI Archive Trust and a Governor of the Brit School.

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