Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Ashurst

Ashurst jumps on fintech bandwagon with accelerator launch

Ashurst has set up a new accelerator programme for up to 30 fintech companies, following similar efforts made by firms such as Allen & Overy, Slaughter and May and Addleshaw Goddard. The firm has launched FinTech Legal Labs, which will be run in its new London headquarters in the Fruit & Wool Exchange. It is […]

telecoms

Magic circle duo lead on £2bn sale of UK telecoms business

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have bagged roles on a deal that sees Cellnex Telecom, the largest infrastructure operator for wireless telecommunication in Europe, buying Arqiva’s telecoms towers business. The co-head of Clifford Chance’s corporate practice in London Melissa Fogarty and corporate partner Joel Ziff led for the magic circle firm, alongside associates Adam Dalton and […]

interview

Shearman lands role on latest billion-dollar media merger

Shearman & Sterling and Gunderson Dettmer took the lead advisory roles as Vice Media revealed its plans to acquire counterpart media company Refinery29. Vice, which is known for its reporting of issues that are not tackled in the mainstream media, acquired the online publisher Refinery29 which mostly targets female audiences. The combined value of the […]

Motorola

Wachtell and Simpson Thacher reprise roles on Motorola’s tech investment

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett came together again to advise Motorola Solutions and Silver Lake, respectively, on the extension of their partnership. The technology-focused private equity firm started its investment in Motorola’s data and telecomms equipment provider back in 2015, investing $1bn in the company, and in this recent deal […]

Pinsents secures place on Siemens’ three-firm panel

Manufacturing giant Siemens has rejigged its legal panel, with Pinsent Masons claiming a spot on the roster at the expense of one of the company’s longtime advisers. Pinsents replaces Osborne Clarke, which featured in the company’s 2016 and 2013 panel. The appointment marks a return to the roster for Pinsents, which was cut from Siemens’ […]

Macfarlanes loses digital advisory chief Rebeiro after only 18 months

Macfarlanes‘ digital and innovation business head is leaving the firm after fewer than two years. Mike Rebeiro was hired in February 2018 from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he spent nearly 18 years. He was brought in to build and lead Macfarlanes’ digital advisory practice, a new outlet for the City firm. No indication on Reibero’s […]

arcadia

Under pressure Arcadia loses legal chief to media group

Arcadia Group’s Michelle Gammon is to leave the company after 11 years, just months after the retail giant secured a high-profile rescue deal. Gammon will be general counsel for Global’s newly-formed outdoor advertising division, which was created following the acquisition of outdoor media owners Primesight and Outdoor Plus last September and transport advertising business Exterion […]

Goodwin builds on tech surge with new Orrick hire

Two months since it lured four partners from Taylor Wessing’s life sciences and technology team, Goodwin’s London office has secured another hire to the group from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ali Ramadan, who will join the US firm’s office today, has advises on venture capital, cross-border M&A and private equity transactions for technology businesses. His clients […]

Taylor Wessing seals first tech deal under Wilson Sonsini partnership

Taylor Wessing has advised UK digital startup Babylon Health on a $500m investment round, marking the first time the firm has closed a deal with US firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati under their new relationship agreement. The funding means that the health tech start-up is now valued at $2bn. The round involved existing shareholders […]

Former Worldpay GC takes up new role at FTSE 100

Ruwan De Soyza has joined FTSE 100 technology company Halma as its first general counsel and company secretary. Before joining Halma, De Soyza was the deputy general counsel and head of public policy and government affairs at Worldpay, the NYSE-listed payment processing company. He joined the business in 2011, working his way up the ranks […]

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