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

12-Jul-12
$5.0 billion
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Aegis Group plc

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Dentsu Inc.

Advised Aegis Group plc, a leading global media and digital communications agency, on its sale to Dentsu Inc., the leading advertising group in Asia

28-Jun-12
$275 million
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Village Roadshow Entertainment Group

Advised Village Roadshow Entertainment Group on its $275 million mezzanine and equity capital raise from a group of investors

21-May-12
$NA
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Robbins-Gioia Inc.

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Private Investors

Advised Informa plc on the sale of its subsidiary, Robbins-Gioia Inc., to a group of private investors

27-Jul-11
$850 million
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The Synovate Group

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Ipsos S.A.

Advised Aegis Group plc on the sale of The Synovate Group, a leading global provider of custom market research, to Ipsos S.A.

24-May-11
$1.0 billion
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New Zealand Ultra-Fast Broadband

Sole financial adviser to Crown Fibre Holdings (100% New Zealand Government owned entity) on the tender and negotiations for the investment of NZ$1.3 billion in a new ultra-fast broadband network in New Zealand, which includes agreements with Telecom Corporation of New Zealand, Christchurch City Holdings, WEL Networks and Northpower

14-Feb-11
$40.0 billion
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Australian National Broadband Network

Greenhill acted as sole adviser to the Australian government in connection with the National Broadband Network, which represents the single largest infrastructure project in the country’s history

20-Dec-10
$370 million
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One Communications Corp.

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EarthLink

Advised EarthLink, a provider of IP services to consumers and businesses, on its acquisition of One Communications, an integrated telecommunications solutions provider

02-Dec-10
$NA
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IAC / InterActiveCorp.

Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of IAC, a leading Internet company, on the repurchase of all IAC shares owned by Liberty Media in exchange for a combination of cash and two operating businesses, Evite and Gifts.com

01-Oct-10
$516 million
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ITC^DeltaCom

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EarthLink

Advised EarthLink, a provider of IP services to consumers and businesses on its acquisition of ITC^DeltaCom, a leading provider of telecommunications and technology services to businesses and other communications companies

29-Jul-10
$328 million
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Mitchell Communication Group Limited

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Aegis Group plc

Advised Aegis Group plc on its acquisition of Mitchell Communication Group Limited, Australia’s leading independent media buyer

01-Jul-10
$NA
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Media Monitors

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Quadrant Private Equity

Advised Media Monitors, the leading media intelligence company in Asia-Pacific, on its sale to Quadrant Private Equity

18-Jun-10
$361.1 million
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USEN Corporation

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Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Advised USEN Corporation, a diversified media company, on the sale of Intelligence Ltd., its 100% owned human resources staffing subsidiary

04-Jun-10
$232 million
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Manx Telecom

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HgCapital

Advised HgCapital, a leading European private equity investor, on its acquisition of Manx Telecom, the Isle of Man's main telecommunications and internet provider and a subsidiary of Telefónica S.A.

01-Jun-10
$109 million
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AT&T Japan (an AT&T Inc. company)

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Internet Initiative Japan

Advised AT&T Inc., a premier communications holding company, on its sale of the domestic network outsourcing business of AT&T Japan, its Japanese enterprise unit, to Internet Initiative Japan, one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers

24-May-10
$1.4 billion
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Sterling Commerce, Inc. (an AT&T Inc. company)

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IBM Corporation

Advised AT&T Inc., a premier communications holding company, on its sale of Sterling Commerce, Inc., an enterprise software and services provider, to IBM Corporation, a global IT products and services provider

12-May-10
$NA
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Experian plc

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British Sky Broadcasting Group plc

Advised Experian plc, the FTSE100 global information services company, on the sale of certain UK database marketing activities into a newly formed joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC

31-Mar-10
$3.3 billion
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EMOBILE Ltd.

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eAccess Ltd.

Advised the Independent Committee of eAccess Ltd., Japan's largest DSL wholesaler, on its business combination through a share exchange with EMOBILE, Ltd., the leading mobile data communications provider in Japan

04-Dec-09
$NA
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Verivox Holding Limited

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Oakley Capital Private Equity LP

Advised the shareholders of Verivox Holdings Limited, comprising Independent News & Media plc and the founders and joint CEOs of Verivox, on the sale of 51% in Verivox, Germany’s leading price comparison website for energy and telecommunications services, to Oakley Capital Private Equity

21-Jul-09
$2.8 billion
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Quebecor World Inc

Acted as financial advisor to Quebecor World on its CCAA / Chapter 11 restructuring

01-Dec-08
$NA
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Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd.

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Cheil Worldwide, Inc.

Advised Cheil Worldwide, Inc, South Korea’s largest marketing agency, on the acquisition of Beattie McGuinness Bungay Ltd, a leading independent UK advertising agency

07-Aug-08
$NA
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Scholastic Corporation’s US direct-to-home continuities business

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Sandvik AS

Advised Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, on the sale of its US direct-to-home continuities business to Sandvik AS

30-Jun-08
$720 million
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THUS Group plc

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Cable & Wireless plc

Advised THUS Group plc, a fixed line business telecommunications provider, on a cash offer from Cable & Wireless plc

02-Jan-08
$NA
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E. Brost & J. Funke GmbH & Co. KG (BFK KG) and its 25% stake in Otto Group

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Otto AG für Beteiligungen (investment vehicle of Otto family)

Advised the shareholders of BFK KG, comprising the families who also own German publisher WAZ Media Group, on the sale of their 25% holding in German retailing and services group Otto to the Otto family, which thereby regained full ownership of the business

05-Jul-07
$630 million
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ALM Media Group Holdings, Inc.

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Incisive Media Ltd. (portfolio company of Apax Partners)

Advised Incisive Media, a portfolio company of Apax Partners, on the acquisition of ALM Media, a leading integrated media company focused on the legal and real estate sectors and the largest provider of B2B information to the US legal market

30-Jun-07
$52.0 billion
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BCE Inc.

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Acquiror: 
Teacher's Private Capital, Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

Advised the Board of BCE on a review of a range of strategic alternatives that culminated in an agreement to sell to a consortium consisting of Teacher's Private Capital, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners for $52.0 billion that was ultimately terminated

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