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 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:
Synfonium / Qwant / Shadow
Advised Banque des Territoires / Groupe Caisse des Dépôts (CDC), a French Public Institution, on the investment in the newly created platform Synfonium, incorporating Shadow, a cloud-based platform, and Qwant, a sovereign search engine. CDC will hold a 25% stake in Synfonium, while Octave Klaba and Miroslaw Klaba, the co-founders of OVHcloud, will hold the remaining 75%
Portfolio of Towers from PLDT
Advising Unity Digital Infrastructure Inc., a leading Philippine-based joint venture telecommunications infrastructure platform by Aboitiz InfraCapital and Partners Group, on the acquisition of 650 towers from PLDT, one of the largest telecommunication service providers in the Philippines, through a sale and leaseback transaction
Advising brsk, a UK-based alternative network broadband provider, on its first debt-raise of £178m from Ares Management, a leading global alternative investment manager
Advising DigitalBridge, one of the largest global digital infrastructure investors, on the sale of Wildstone, Europe’s largest owner of independent outdoor media infrastructure, to Antin Infrastructure Partners
Netrics Digital Infrastructure
Advising NorthC, the largest regional data center provider in the Netherlands, on their agreement to acquire the data centers and connectivity services of Netrics in Switzerland
Portfolio of Towers from PLDT
Advising edotco Group, the leading pan-Asian telecom tower infrastructure company, on the acquisition of 2,973 towers from PLDT, one of the largest telecommunication service providers in the Philippines, through a sale and leaseback transaction
Advised Netomnia, a leading UK-based fiber operator, on its £295m fundraise led by DigitalBridge Investment Management with follow-on commitments from existing shareholders Soho Square Capital LLP and Advencap Limited
Advising TEGNA, a leading broadcasting and digital marketing services company, on its sale to Standard General, a hedge fund
Advising KKR, on the disposal of its 40% stake in Telxius Telecom, a global telecommunications infrastructure company, to a consortium formed by Telefónica and Pontegadea
Fusion Connect, Inc.
Advised Fusion Connect, Inc., a leading service provider of cloud communications and secure network solutions with a focus on serving mid-market and enterprise businesses on its comprehensive balance sheet recapitalization
Advised Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited, a UK-listed Investment Trust, on the acquisition of Emitel S.A., a Polish telecom tower infrastructure business
Advised Netomnia, a UK-based fibre operator, on its first large-scale fundraise of £123m
Unison Site Management
Advised Ardian US LLC, on its investment in wireless infrastructure asset aggregator Unison Site Management
Kao Data Ltd
Advised Kao Data Ltd, which is jointly owned by Legal & General Group PLC and Noé Group subsidiary Hockham, on raising an initial £120m-£130m growth capital commitment from Infratil Ltd with the objective of creating a £500m data centre platform
SiFi Networks America Limited (JV + 16.7% stake)
Advising SiFi Networks America Limited, which provides open access fiber-to-the-home (“FTTH”) networks across the US, on the sale of a 16.7% stake and establishing a joint venture with APG, under which APG will invest a $500m equity commitment
Score Media and Gaming, Inc.
Advising the Board of Directors of Score Media and Gaming (“theScore”), a leading digital media and sports betting and technology company, regarding the acquisition of theScore by Penn National Gaming
Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of Pulsant from Oak Hill and Scottish Equity Partners. Pulsant is a hybrid cloud specialist, with a nationwide network of 10 data centres across the UK delivering secure, scalable and resilient cloud, colocation and networking services
AtlasEdge Joint Venture
Advised Liberty Global Inc., one of the world’s leading converged telecommunication companies with operations in seven European countries, on the creation of AtlasEdge, a pan-European Edge Data Centre Joint Venture with the digital infrastructure investor Digital Colony
Whinstone Inc. – Subsidiary of Northern Data AG
Advising Northern Data AG, a Germany based developer and operator of high-performance computing (“HPC”) infrastructure solutions, on the sale of its U.S. subsidiary Whinstone Inc., an HPC data center operator based in Rockdale, Texas, to Riot Blockchain Inc., a U.S. based publicly-traded bitcoin miner
Speedcast International Limited
Advised the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders on the Chapter 11 restructuring of Speedcast International Limited (ASX:SDA)
The Beachbody Company Group, LLC and Myx Fitness Holdings, LLC
Advising Forest Road Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, on the three-way merger with The Beachbody Company Group, LLC and Myx Fitness Holdings, LLC
Primus Telecommunications – Subsidiary of Fusion Connect, Inc.
Advising Fusion Connect, a telecommunications services provider, on the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, Primus Telecommunications, to Distributel Communications Ltd.
Early Termination of External Management Agreement
Advised Gannett Co., Inc., a news media and marketing solutions company, on the early termination of its external management agreement with Fortress Investment Group
Cirque du Soleil
Advised the Company on its CCAA and Ch.15 proceedings and $1.5bn sale through a Sale and Investment Solicitation Process (SISP)
Advised Vorboss Limited, a London-based fibre operator, on its sale to Fern Fibre Limited / Octopus Investments, securing a funding commitment enabling an ambitious fibre deployment program