Capabilities by Industry: Communications & Media

Greenhill has considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Communications & Media sector.  Our Managing Directors and professionals in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, Brazil and Japan have executed many of the most significant and complex transactions for some of the leading companies in the industry.

Our experience in the Communications & Media industry encompasses the following sub-sectors: advertising and marketing services, business-to-business media; cable; consumer media and education; mobile devices; professional publishing and information services; and wireless and full service telcos.

Below we highlight a few of the transactions on which we have advised in this area:

Recent Transactions

16-Aug-18
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Sky plc

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The Walt Disney Company / Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

Acted on behalf of a group of independent shareholders of Sky plc, representing their interests at the Hearings Committee of the UK Takeover Panel and at the Takeover Appeals Board in the context of the Panel’s determination of a Chain Principle Offer price payable by Disney for Sky

08-May-18
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Best Lawyers, LLC

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Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Advised Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer review publication and digital media company in the global legal community, on its sale to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

24-Apr-18
$751 million
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Cityfibre Infrastructure Holdings plc

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Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners

Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners, part of Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking division, in connection with the take private of CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings plc, a leading independent provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure

18-Dec-17
$325 million
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Midwest Television, Inc.

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TEGNA, Inc.

Advised TEGNA, Inc., a major broadcasting and digital marketing services company, on the acquisition of Midwest Television, Inc.

19-Jun-17
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CareerBuilder, LLC

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Investor group led by Apollo Global Management, LLC and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Advised TEGNA, Inc., a leading broadcasting company, on the sale of its 53% ownership stake in CareerBuilder, LLC for $250 million of cash proceeds and 12.5% ongoing ownership

25-May-17
$115 million
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F+W Media

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Advised F+W Media, a content and e-commerce company focused on a variety of special interest categories, on the out-of-court restructuring of its c.$100 million term loan and a $15 million new money investment from existing lenders

25-Jan-17
$325 million
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Ad Hoc Group of Senior Secured Noteholders

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Advised the Ad Hoc Group of Senior Secured Noteholders in connection with the restructuring of Goodman Networks.

06-Dec-16
$1.8 billion
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Host Europe Group

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GoDaddy

Advised GoDaddy, the largest domain name registrar worldwide and a leading web hosting provider, on its acquisition of Host Europe Group, the largest privately owned web services provider in Europe

22-Nov-16
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Adams Media

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Simon & Schuster

Advised F+W Media, a content and e-commerce company, on the divestment its consumer book publishing business, Adams Media, to Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS Corporation

02-Nov-16
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IAC/InterActiveCorp

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Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of IAC/InterActiveCorp, a leading media and internet company, on the potential creation of a new class of non-voting common stock 

07-Sep-16
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TEGNA, Inc.

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Advised TEGNA, Inc., a major broadcasting and digital marketing services company, on the spin-off of Cars.com and the creation of two independent publicly traded companies: one focused on television broadcasting and one focused on the online automotive marketplace.

27-Jun-16
$156 million
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ReachLocal

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Gannett

Served as independent financial advisor to the Board of Directors of Gannett in connection with its acquisition of ReachLocal

16-May-16
$874 million
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Equinix Data Center Assets

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Digital Realty Trust

Advised Digital Realty Trust, the world's largest wholesale colocation services and data center solutions provider, on its acquisition of a portfolio of eight carrier-neutral European data centers from Equinix

14-Apr-16
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Frieze Events Ltd. / Frieze Publishing Ltd.

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WME | IMG Global

Advised Frieze, the premier art events and media company, on its strategic investment and partnership with WME IMG Global

07-Apr-16
$105 million
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Wireless Infrastructure Group

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3i Infrastructure plc

Advised 3i Infrastructure plc, a leading UK listed investor in infrastructure businesses and assets, on its acquisition of a 36% economic interest in Wireless Infrastructure Group, the UK’s 2nd largest independent telecommunications tower company

03-Mar-16
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Perseus Books LLC

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Ingram Content Group Inc.

Advised Perseus Books LLC, a leading independent publishing company, on the sale of its client services business to Ingram Content Group Inc. 

01-Mar-16
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Perseus Books LLC

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Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Advised Perseus Books LLC, a leading independent publishing company, on the sale of its publishing business to Hachette Book Group, Inc. 

14-Dec-15
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Specialized Anodized Extrusion Holding Switzerland AG (Spandex)

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Chequers Capital

Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on the sale of Spandex, a specialized B2B distributor of graphic media and equipment to the signage and visual communications industry, to Chequers Capital

07-Aug-15
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Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Media Rights

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Tabcorp Holdings Limited

Advised Tabcorp Holdings Limited (“Tabcorp”), a leading diversified Australian entertainment group with wagering, gaming, racing media and Keno operations, on reaching agreement on a long-term deal for domestic broadcast, digital and international media rights for Victorian thoroughbred racing content

29-May-15
$4.1 billion
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Telecity Group plc

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Equinix, Inc.

Advised Telecity Group plc, Europe’s leading provider of premium carrier-neutral data centres, on a recommended cash and share offer from Equinix, Inc. a leading U.S. provider of colocation data centre services globally

24-Apr-15
$575 million
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Scholastic Corporation’s Educational Technology and Services business

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company

Advised Scholastic Corporation, a children’s publishing and education company, on the sale of its Educational Technology and Services business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, an educational and trade publisher

05-Feb-15
$10.5 billion
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Wireline assets of Verizon Communications in California, Florida and Texas

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Frontier Communications

Advised the Board of Directors of Frontier in connection with its acquisition of wireline assets from Verizon in California, Florida and Texas

28-Jan-15
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NSW Thoroughbred Racing Media Rights

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Tabcorp Holdings Limited

Advised Tabcorp Holdings Limited (“Tabcorp”), a leading diversified Australian entertainment group with wagering, gaming, racing media and Keno operations, on reaching agreement on a long-term deal for domestic broadcast, digital and international media rights for NSW thoroughbred racing content, and a contemporaneous Pay TV deal with Foxtel

14-Jan-15
$55 million
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Peoplebank Holdings PTY LTD

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Acquiror: 
Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd

Advised Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd, the leading global staffing services company in Japan, on the acquisition of Peoplebank Holdings PTY LTD, Australasia’s leading IT&T recruitment company

14-Jan-15
$309 million
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Chandler Macleod Group Limited

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Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd

Advised Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd, the leading global staffing services company in Japan, on the acquisition of Chandler Macleod Group Limited, a major general recruitment company   

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