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Despite a moderate decline in overall activity, the TMT sector ranked highest among all sectors by deal value and second-highest by deal volume in 2019.

The continuing imperative for all types of businesses to keep pace with rapid changes in technologies and address competition from start-ups encouraged technology-driven M&A as a preferred growth strategy.

In 2019, our TMT sector group launched A Turning Point for Tech: Global Survey on Digital Regulation, providing a comprehensive overview of legislative activities and political discourse affecting technology companies, as well as commentary from subject matter specialists providing context to political discussions.

We continued our global Internet of Things Webinar Series featuring topics such as cyber-threats, Brexit, the U.S. CLOUD Act, and investment arbitration.  We also hosted the Annual Winnik International Forum in Washington, D.C., featuring a panel discussion on technology and media business and the legal issues related to industry convergence.

650+

TMT lawyers

Tier 1

Technology Transactions
Legal 500 USA, 2019

In 2019, Hogan Lovells advised on the following
TMT transactions, among others:

Applied Materials

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Applied Materials

We advised Applied Materials, a leader in materials engineering solutions, on its US$2.2bn acquisition of Kokusai Electric. Kokusai's high-productivity batch processing systems and services for memory, foundry, and logic customers complement Applied’s leading portfolio in single-wafer processing systems. Lawyers in our Silicon Valley and Tokyo offices led this transaction, with support from our intellectual property practice.

Atlassian

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Atlassian

We advised Atlassian, a leading provider of team collaboration and productivity software, on its acquisition of AgileCraft, an enterprise agile planning software company. The alignment enables large organizations to scale the benefits of agile teamwork more widely across their companies. Many companies, including Anthem, AT&T, Dimension Data, Fidelity, and Nielsen, already utilize both providers. Our Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offices led this transaction, with support from our antitrust, cybersecurity, employee benefits, employment, intellectual property, international trade, litigation, and tax practices.

Endemol Shine Group

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Endemol Shine Group

We advised Endemol Shine Group on its multibillion-Euro sale by Apollo Global Management and The Walt Disney Company to Banijay Group. Endemol Shine produces and distributes popular formats such as Big Brother, Peaky Blinders, MasterChef, and Black Mirror. The sale creates the world’s largest independent production group outside of U.S. studios with a pro-forma combined revenue of €3bn in 2019. Amsterdam-based lawyers led a global team across 15 offices on this deal, with support from our employment, finance, intellectual property, litigation, projects, real estate, regulatory, and tax practices.

ITV

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ITV

We advised ITV, an integrated producer broadcaster, on the formation of BritBox, a joint venture with the BBC to create a streaming service carrying "Best of British" television. BritBox taps into the demand for a new British streaming service and will have thousands of hours of content from ITV and the BBC, as well as from other British broadcasters and production companies, across a variety of genres. A team of lawyers in our London office led this transaction, with support from our antitrust, commercial, regulatory, and tax practices.

“Hogan Lovells is a strong firm globally with especially significant strength in very complex technology M&A.”

Chambers Global, 2019

Technology, Media and Telecoms market statistics as published in Hogan Lovells Deal Dynamics

4%

4%

Decrease in global deal volume
(2019 vs. 2018)

16%

16%

Decrease in global deal value
(2019 vs. 2018)

1st

1st

Sector by global deal value
(2019)

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