The technology, media and telecommunications industries are undergoing dramatic changes, combining and recombining, converging and transforming each other and the world at a staggering pace. Many of our clients are the icons of these industries, and to achieve their goals in this dynamic and volatile environment, they entrust us with their most strategic transactions. Sullivan & Cromwell offers:
 
Unrivalled experience that includes mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing, venture capital investments, joint ventures, technology licensing, patent transactions, IP and commercial litigation and antitrust advice. S&C has been able to work with many companies for years on their most important transactions.
 
A seamlessly integrated, global team of lawyers across 13 offices located in leading financial centers in the United States, Asia, Australia and Europe —thought leaders working together to bring our clients all the resources of a preeminent global firm.
 
World-class counsel for the real world that clients have called “a firm whose attorneys elegantly blend technical legal expertise with commercial sensibility” by IFLR1000 2016 and “…some of the very best lawyers in the world for extremely good response times, deep technical knowledge and world-class subject matter expertise” by Chambers Global 2015.

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Hardware:
  • BlackBerry (Canada) in its strategic licensing agreement with Teletry (U.S.).
  • Diebold (U.S.), in its $1.8 billion merger with Wincor Nixdorf (Germany).
  • General Cable (U.S.), in its $3 billion acquisition by Prysmian Group (Italy).
  • Genesis Robotics (Canada), in its strategic, controlling investment from Koch Chemical Technology Group (U.S.), a unit of Koch Industries (U.S.).
  • Harris Corporation (U.S.), in its $35 billion pending merger of equals with L3 Technologies (U.S.).
  • Japan Display, in its $3.14 billion IPO of common shares, as counsel to the issuer and selling shareholders.
  • Panasonic (Japan), in its $18.5 billion cash tender offer for shares of PanaHome Corporation (Japan).
  • Ruckus Wireless (U.S.), in its $1.5 billion acquisition by Brocade (U.S.).
  • Counsel to the underwriters for Sony (Japan), in its $2.4 billion global offering of common stock.
  • Toshiba (Japan), in its $5.33 billion Reg S private placement of new shares.
  • Verifone Systems (U.S.) in its $3.4 billion acquisition by an investor group led by Francisco Partners (U.S.) and including British Columbia Investment Management (Canada).
     
Internet and eCommerce:
  • Alibaba Group (China), in its $2 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in Lazada Group (Singapore) and in its agreement with SoftBank Group (Tokyo) to establish a joint venture that will market and sell humanoid robots in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Counsel to the underwriters and certain selling shareholders for Alibaba Group (China), in its $25 billion ADS SEC-registered IPO and U.S. listing and its subsequent $7 billion SEC-registered notes offering.
  • Amazon.com (U.S.), in its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market (U.S.) and its agreement with Plug Power (U.S.) to utilize Plug Power fuel cells and hydrogen technology in its fulfillment network.
  • AT&T (U.S.), in its $950 million sale of AT&T Advertising Solutions (U.S.) and AT&T Interactive (U.S.), including yellowpages.com, to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital (U.S.).
  • Booking Holdings (U.S.), in its strategic partnership with Didi Chuxing (China), under which Booking Holdings has invested $500 million in DiDi, and in its strategic partnership with and $200 million investment in Grab Holdings (Singapore), and Priceline (U.S.), in its agreement to invest $450 million in Meituan-Dianping, one of China's largest service-focused e-commerce platforms, its expanded commercial agreement with and $2 billion multi-stage investment in Ctrip.com (China), its $2.6 billion acquisition of OpenTable (U.S.), and its $1.8 billion acquisition of KAYAK (U.S.).
  • Goldman Sachs Bank (U.S.), in its acquisition of Clarity Money (U.S.).
  • HelloFresh (Germany), in its $370 million Rule 144A IPO and Frankfurt listing as German and U.S. counsel and its subsequent $180 million Rule 144A/Reg S secondary offering of shares as German and U.S. counsel to the selling shareholders.
  • Motivate (U.S.), the operator of CitiBikes and the largest bikeshare operator in North America, in its acquisition by Lyft (U.S.).
  • Rakuten (Japan), in its $1.53 billion follow-on offering of common stock.
  • Recruit Holdings (Japan), in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Glassdoor (U.S.).
  • Skype Global (Luxembourg) and Silver Lake Partners (U.S.), in the $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype by Microsoft (U.S.) from a Silver Lake-led investor group. 
  • Sotheby’s (U.S.), in its acquisitions of Viyet (U.S.), an online marketplace for interior design and Thread Genius (U.S.), a startup specializing in taste-based image recognition and recommendation technologies.
     
Litigation/Arbitration:
  • Audio MPEG, in the settlement of a longstanding patent dispute against Dell three days before trial in the Eastern District of Virginia. At issue was Dell’s years-long unauthorized use of patented technologies essential to certain digital audio compression standards, including the groundbreaking MP3 file format. With this settlement, Dell becomes the last major PC manufacturer to enter into a license with Audio MPEG for the use of the patent owners’ standards-essential patent rights, joining a group of licensees that includes industry leaders such as Apple, Lenovo, Sony and HP.
  • Blackberry Limited, in obtaining an $814.9 million award in a binding arbitration against Qualcomm Incorporated. The award represents royalty payments made to Qualcomm in excess of those required under Qualcomm’s royalty cap program. The dispute arose in 2015 following Qualcomm’s agreement to cap certain royalties applied to payments made by BlackBerry pursuant to a licensing deal. Blackberry argued that it was overpaying Qualcomm. After settlement discussions, the parties entered into a binding arbitration agreement. The award will help bolster BlackBerry’s plans to invest in the growth of its software business.
  • j2 Global Communications, in a long number of patent actions, asserting Lanham Act trademark infringement, patent infringement and false advertising claims in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Northern District of Georgia. S&C negotiated numerous favorable settlements, resolving most of the patent infringement lawsuits brought by j2 Global.
  • Sonera Holding, in its arbitration against Cukurova Holding that found that Cukurova had breached a contract with Sonera and, as a result, owed it $932 million in damages, plus interest, costs and attorneys’ fees. This is the fourth significant International Chamber of Commerce arbitration victory that S&C has won for TeliaSonera. The Firm’s representation of Sonera was noted as one of the “Biggest Arbitration Awards” in The American Lawyer’s annual “Arbitration Scorecard” in 2013.
  • Stryker Corporation, before the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case that addressed the standard to be used for awarding enhanced damages in patent infringement actions. The case arose from the lower court’s finding that Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. infringed Stryker’s patented invention. The lower court trebled Stryker’s damages due to the flagrancy and scope of Zimmer’s infringement. Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the jury’s liability ruling, it vacated the increase in damages. S&C persuaded the Supreme Court to set aside the Federal Circuit’s strict standard as “unduly rigid.”
  • Verifone Systems, in successfully dismissing the plaintiff’s Third Amended Shareholder Derivative Complaint with prejudice in Sanders, Scott vs. VeriFone, et al.
     
Licensing:
  • Eastman Kodak Company (U.S.), in its global settlement agreement with the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), including the $650 million spin-off of Kodak’s Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses to the KPP and the $527 million sale of its digital imaging patent portfolio to a consortium organized by Intellectual Ventures (U.S.) and RPX Corporation (U.S.).
  • Intel (U.S.), in connection with numerous IP and technology licensing and strategy matters, including its worldwide patent cross-license and settlement with Advanced Micro Devices (U.S.), its patent agreement with GlobalFoundries (U.S.) and worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreement with NVIDIA (U.S.).
  • Microsoft Corporation (U.S.), as the organizer of a consortium of technology companies, in the $450 million acquisition of certain intellectual property assets from Novell (U.S.).
  • Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB) (U.S.) and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) (U.S.), in numerous transactional and governance matters, including in connection with MLBAM’s formation of BAMTech (U.S.), MLB’s digital streaming technology business, and the subsequent sale of a majority ownership interest in BAMTech (U.S.), to The Walt Disney Company (U.S.) for $1.58 billion.
     
Media/Content:
  • Advance/Newhouse (U.S.), as the largest shareholder in Discovery Communications (U.S.), in connection with Discovery’s $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Interactive (U.S.).
  • AMC Networks (U.S.), in its initial control investment in RLJ Entertainment (U.S.) and its going private acquisition of the rest of RLJ Entertainment, as well as its partnership with fuboTV (U.S.) under which AMC Networks’ channels will be available to fuboTV subscribers across multiple platforms and its investment in the BritBox SVOD platform with BBC (U.K.) and ITV (U.K.).
  • AT&T (U.S.), in its $108.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner (U.S.).
  • FilmYard Holdings (U.S.), parent company of MIRAMAX (U.S.), in connection with beIN MEDIA GROUP’s (Qatar) acquisition of 100% of MIRAMAX.
  • The Madison Square Garden Company (U.S.), in the spin-off of its sports and entertainment business and $226 million sale of Fuse Networks (U.S.) to SiTV Media (U.S.).
  • Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB) (U.S.) and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) (U.S.), in numerous transactional and governance matters, including in connection with MLBAM’s formation of BAMTech (U.S.), MLB’s digital streaming technology business, and the subsequent sale of a majority ownership interest in BAMTech (U.S.), to The Walt Disney Company (U.S.) for $1.58 billion.
  • Telia (Sweden), in its divestment of its entire holding in Spotify (U.S.) to institutional investors.

Multi-channel video programming distributors:
  • AT&T (U.S.), in its $67 billion acquisition of DirecTV (U.S.).
  • Bright House Networks (U.S.), in the $80 billion three-way combination with Charter Communications (U.S.) and Time Warner Cable (U.S.).
  • Cablevision (U.S.), in its $17.7 billion acquisition by Altice (Netherlands).
  • DISH Network (U.S.), in its $3 billion offering of convertible notes, as counsel to the issuer, and its agreement with EchoStar to acquire certain hardware, software and over-the-top assets in exchange for DISH’s interests in Hughes Retail Group.
     
Semiconductors:
  • Cymer (U.S.), in its $3.9 billion acquisition by ASML Holding (Netherlands).
  • KYOCERA (Japan), in its merger with Nihon Inter Electronics Corporation (Japan).
  • Novaled (Germany), in its $347 million acquisition by Samsung (South Korea).
  • Counsel to the financial advisers to (i) QUALCOMM Incorporated (U.S.), in connection with its subsidiary’s $47 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands) and (ii) Broadcom Corporation (U.S.), in its $37 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies Limited (Singapore).
     
Software:
  • Altran (France), in its $2 billion acquisition, through its subsidiary Altran US, of Aricent (U.S.), from a group of investors led by KKR (U.S.).
  • ASAC II (U.S.), an investment vehicle led by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Co-Chairman Brian Kelly, in its $2.34 billion cash purchase of 172 million Activision shares from Vivendi (France).
  • Counsel to the underwriters for Hortonworks (U.S.), in its $115 million IPO and NASDAQ listing.
  • Royal Philips (Netherlands), in its acquisition of Wellcentive (U.S.).
  • The Special Committee of Solera Holdings (U.S.), in connection with its $6.5 billion acquisition by Vista Equity Partners (U.S.).
  • Syntel (U.S.), in its $3.57 billion acquisition by Atos (France).

Telecommunications:
  • AT&T (U.S.), in a number of significant transactions including its (i) $1.9 billion acquisition of Nextel Mexico, (ii) $2 billion sale of incumbent local exchange operations in Connecticut to Frontier Communications and (iii) $86 billion acquisition of BellSouth (U.S.).
  • China Mobile Limited, in its $18.4 billion transaction agreement with CMC (China), China Unicom, China Telecom and China Reform to sell their telecommunications towers and related assets to China Tower.
  • CyrusOne (U.S.), in its $442 million acquisition of Zenium Data Centers (U.K.) from Quantum Strategic Partners (U.S.) and in the formation of a new strategic partnership and commercial agreement with GDS Holdings (China) and its related $100 million investment in GDS Holdings.
  • Deutsche Telekom International/Deutsche Telekom (Netherlands), in a $2.75 billion notes offering.
  • Drillisch AG (Germany), in its $10 billion business combination with United Internet AG (Germany).
  • Tillman Global Holdings (U.S.), in connection with Tillman Infrastructure’s (U.S.) initial equity investment and senior secured term loan from a consortium consisting of Melody Capital (Puerto Rico) and Tennenbaum Capital (U.S.) and in its formation with TPG Growth (U.S.) of Apollo Towers (Myanmar).
  • Vodafone Group (U.K.), in its $6 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Japan Telecom.

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