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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Well known for its strength in the digital businesses and marketing sector, the ‚Äėhigh-quality‚Äô practice at¬†Osborne Clarke LLP¬†possesses¬†‚Äėstrong industry knowledge‚Äô and provides a ‚Äėcommercial, reliable service‚Äô. Core strengths of the practice beyond technology and telecoms include financial services, real estate, infrastructure and energy.¬†Simon Smith¬†heads the department jointly with the Reading-based¬†Greg Leyshon;¬†Smith advised the shareholders in Service Works Group on the company‚Äôs sale to Swedish-listed software business Addnode Group for SEK 194m. In the technology space,¬†Jonathan King¬†and associate director¬†Tom Try¬†handled RM‚Äôs ¬£56.6m acquisition of Connect Group, a deal which was conditional upon clearance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Private equity specialist¬†Mark Spinner¬†is recommended as ‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable, with good communication skills‚Äô; he notably advised Investis on the acquisition of Phoenix-based digital marketing agency ZOG Digital. The pharmaceuticals sector remains an area of strength for the practice;¬†Janita Good¬†and associate¬†Samantha Peacock¬†advised Actavis on the ¬£60m divestment by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to Intas Pharmaceuticals.¬†Chris King¬†,¬†Tim Birt¬†and¬†Jonathan King¬†are all ‚Äėsolid and reliable‚Äô. Other clients include Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Iris Worldwide Holdings and Leisure Pass Group.¬†Tim Hewens¬†and¬†Alan Francis¬†both joined from¬†Squire Patton Boggs, while associate director¬†Kenneth Wilkinson¬†joined from¬†CMS.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Osborne Clarke LLP‚Äôs digital business practice is ‚Äėvery attuned to the needs of its clients and is able to put forward a comprehensive service‚Äô. The team provides corporate, dispute resolution, commercial, competition, financing and regulatory advice for clients across publishing, advertising and marketing, TV, digital platform, gaming and interactive entertainment. Department head John Davidson-Kelly¬†is ‚Äėextremely pleasant and personable and provides a good service‚Äô; he is active across digital media and technology-related matters and advised Gram Games on the establishment of its London office. Nick Johnson¬†is an advertising, marketing and sponsorship law specialist, and advises L‚ÄôOreal on a range of matters including its UK prize promotion activities. Square Enix, Bigballs Media, Microsoft, Yahoo!, 7Digital, Discovery Communications and S4C are also clients. Adrian Bott¬†heads the digital business sector group, while¬†Tom Harding¬†heads the interactive entertainment practice and¬†Chris King¬†leads the advertising and marketing services team. Other key figures include¬†Tim Birt, who¬†is experienced in marketing, media and technology; Robert Guthrie, who¬†handles contentious IP cases; and Victoria Parry, who¬†handles employment matters in the media and entertainment sector. Corporate partner Mathias Loertscher, commercial litigator Ashley Hurst¬†and senior associate director Anna Williams¬†are also recommended, as are senior associates Hannah Willson¬†and Ben Dunham. Paul Gardner¬†joined Wiggin LLP¬†in 2017.

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