TMT deals round-up

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson (Karen Wiedemann) and Ashurst (Katy Brown) acted for Goldman Sachs equity fund GS Capital Partners 2000 on its £15.4m acquisition of Gains International, a subsidiary of Tullets. Berwin Leighton Paisner (Louise Workman) advised Tullets.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius (Trevor Asserson) is representing Don King in his libel claim against Lennox Lewis, Lion Promotions and Lewis’s attorney Judd Burstein. Morgan Lewis has instructed Desmond Browne QC and David Sherborne (5 Raymond Buildings). Forbes Anderson (Andrew Forbes) is acting for Lewis and the other defendants.

The Law Offices of Marcus J O’Leary (Celia Nortcliff) assisted Microsoft on its agreement with the BBC to develop technology for a new ‘digital curriculum service’. Set to launch in 2006, the digital curriculum will promote e-learning in the classroom. Olswang (Clive Gringras) advised the BBC.

Mills & Reeve (Zickie Lim) acted for Cambridge University Press on its acquisition of medical publisher Greenwich Medical Media. Grant Saw advised the shareholders of Greenwhich Medical Media.

Denton Wilde Sapte (Nick West) advised the FA Premier League on its agreement with the European Commission arising out of the Commission’s investigation into broadcasting rights. Richard Fowler QC and Meredith Pickford (Monckton Chambers) assisted on the competition aspects of the deal.

Olswang (Howard Palmer) advised the shareholders of Packpress on its £5.3m reverse takeover by AIM-listed Systems Integrated Research. The new company, called SiRViS IT, was readmitted to AIM and began trading on 9 January 2004. Taylor Wessing acted for Systems Integrated Research.

Denton Wilde Sapte (Caroline Bingham) is acting for Northern Ireland’s Strategic Investment Board on the Northern Ireland Civil Service’s eHR Project for the modernisation of payroll and HR management systems for the whole of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.