TMT deals round-up

Field Fisher Waterhouse

(Paul Barton, left) advised professional teaching body the General Teaching Council (GTC) on the outsourcing of its customer relations management (CRM) system. The project has seen the GTC overhaul its registration database and will ensure the GTC meets best practice standards for data privacy and data quality. Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is providing the overall CRM package.

Olswang (Howard Palmer) acted for Searchspace Group on a £3m follow-on round of financing, following Searchspace’s recent £8.5m fundraising (led by 3i Group and including Montagu Private Equity). The additional £3m was invested by Scottish Equity Partners, represented by Osborne Clarke.

James Chapman & Co (Maurice Watkins) represented Manchester United FC (MUFC) on the signing of Wayne Rooney on a six-year contract from Everton FC. The transfer could amount to a total payment of £27m to Everton FC, depending on the performances of Rooney and MUFC. Cuff Roberts (Sue Russell) acted for Everton FC and Couchman Harrington (Nick Couchman) advised Proactive Sports Management on behalf of Rooney.

Mills & Reeve (Brian Marshall) represented Cambridge-based radio and TV production company Smooth Operations in its sale to UBC Media Group for an undisclosed sum. UBC Media Group was advised by Wragge & Co.

Trowers & Hamlins (Leroy Levy) acted for Etisalat Consortium on bridge financing arrangements in respect of its winning bid for the $3.5bn (£1.95bn) second GSM and first 3G mobile licence in Saudi Arabia. The granting of the licences to Etisalat is part of the deregulation of the Saudi telecoms market.

Field Fisher Waterhouse (Nigel Wildish) advised Ordnance Survey in connection with its partnering agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT). The partnership allows the DfT to draw on Ordnance Survey’s sophisticated data products for its forthcoming web-based Transport Direct service. Transport Direct advised by its in-house team.