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Access to content anytime, anywhere, any device: how changes in consumption habits shape EU policie

September 2017. By Shearman & Sterling and Paolisa Nebbia

The introduction of the internet as a delivery platform and the digitisation of audio visual (AV) content have triggered major changes in the media sector. The shift from a relatively closed media system, controlled and broadcast linearly, to an open media ecosystem where the audience chooses its favourite content on-demand not only represents a challenge to the traditional media companies, but has also stirred consumer expectations towards being now able to access content ‘anytime, anywhere, on any device’. [Continue Reading]

Seven questions oil and gas management should ask when approaching restructuring

June 2016. By Shearman & Sterling

It seems that lower oil prices are here to stay, at least in the short to medium term. While some in the sector built cash reserves during the boom years or have already renegotiated with their creditors, several are looking at some form of restructuring. This can range from opex/capex reductions to balance sheet restructurings. Here are seven questions that oil and gas sector management (particularly the general counsel and chief financial officer) should consider when considering a restructuring: [Continue Reading]

Antitrust treatment of online advertising markets

March 2016. By Shearman & Sterling

As online advertising continues its rapid growth, online ad revenues become an ever more important opportunity (and/or threat) for many TMT businesses. How these growing markets are treated by antitrust agencies can be critical to strategy – either in terms of M&A or defending business models from the actions of other market participants. This article looks at some of the issues that online advertising markets raise for antitrust agencies and how these issues have been considered to date. [Continue Reading]

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