Sports, Media,
& Entertainment

We advised KingsGroup, a leading mobile gaming publisher in China, on its... Read more

We advised KingsGroup, a leading mobile gaming publisher in China, on its acquisition for an undisclosed amount of consideration in cash and stock and acqui-hire of a renowned gaming graphic artist and his team spanning the United States and China.

With the acquisition, KingsGroup has significantly bolstered its depth of global talent for creating cutting-edge graphics for its existing and future mobile games.

A team of lawyers in our Shanghai office led the transaction, with support from our Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley offices and our employee benefits and intellectual property practices.

We advised MeritDirect LLC, a leading provider of B2B data and marketing solutions, on its acquisition of... Read more

We advised MeritDirect LLC, a leading provider of B2B data and marketing solutions, on its acquisition of Compass Marketing Solutions LLC, a leader in identifying, compiling, and verifying business data.

The deal is the first acquisition by MeritDirect since it partnered with Denver-based middle market private equity firm Mountaingate Capital in May 2019 and expands MeritDirect’s data and services offering to better serve clients in the B2B marketplace.

Our Denver office led the transaction, supported by our Washington, D.C. office and our employee benefits and tax practices.

We advised Netflix on its partnership with Russian media holding group National Media Group... Read more

We advised Netflix on its partnership with Russian media holding group National Media Group to offer a fully localized Netflix service in Russia.

The partnership, which has set new standards for foreign streaming services in Russia, includes local payment options, Russian subtitles, and local films, making Netflix the first global streaming service to offer a fully localized Subscription Video on Demand service in the country.

Our Moscow office led the transaction, with support from our London office and our commercial, intellectual property, international arbitration, and privacy and cybersecurity practices.

We advised Roku, Inc., a streaming service of premium news and entertainment, on its acquisition of... Read more

We advised Roku, Inc., a streaming service of premium news and entertainment, on its acquisition of exclusive global distribution rights to Quibi’s award-winning shows.

The transaction will deliver a distinctive array of premium content, further building out Roku’s diverse lineup of more than 40,000 free movies and programs and 150 free live/linear television channels.

A team of lawyers in our Denver and Los Angeles offices led the transaction, with support from our New York and Washington, D.C. offices and our employment, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, privacy and cybersecurity, real estate, and tax practices.

Sports, Media, & Entertainment

“Their breadth of knowledge is first rate, and their ability to mobilize resources globally sets them apart from others in the space.”

Chambers USA, 2020

350+

Sports, Media, & Entertainment lawyers

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Practice Group of the Year:
Sports and Betting
Law 360

Sector performance

After a promising start to 2020, deal activity in the sports, media, and entertainment sector was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deal activity rebounded by the end of year, including through the creation of 40 new SPACs now seeking deals in and around the industry.

The sports industry in the United States experienced an influx of private equity interest, as leagues relaxed restrictions on minority ownership of teams. Streaming media and e-gaming realized new opportunities as COVID-19 accelerated long-term growth trends and viewers turned to over-the-top programming instead of cable. The lower- and mid-market remained vibrant, as the sector digitized, automated, and looked to buy and sell content.

Hogan Lovells activities

In 2020, our Sports, Media, & Entertainment industry sector issued thought leadership on several topics, including the rise of PE and SPACs investments in the sector, risks for brand owners exploring esports opportunities, new partnership models for stadium improvements, fan safety, and the utilization of the CARES Act loan program for COVID-19 financial relief.

We organized several events in the sector, including webinars on navigating fan health screening, new German gambling regulations, and esports. We also spoke at industry-leading conferences, including Digital Dragons 2020 in Europe and BSE Global’s Sports and the Law event.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity
and Inclusion

Pro Bono

Pro Bono

Our new Corporate & Finance partners and counsel

Our new
Corporate & Finance
partners and counsel

Our M&A  publications

Our M&A
publications

Technical excellence

Technical excellence

Executing transactions effectively

Industry knowledge

Industry knowledge

Understanding issues
in regulated industries

Global reach

Global reach

Worldwide reach,
local experience

Full-service capabilities

Full-service capabilities

Subject matter
knowledge

M&A Year in Review | 2020

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