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Technology, Media and Telecommunications

MinterEllison is a recognised leading adviser to the technology, media, communications and telecommunications (TMT) industries. TMT organisations face a wealth of challenges in maintaining competitive advantage and leveraging new opportunities. Rapid innovation and convergence in this space, together with an ever-changing legal and regulatory environment, means that TMT organisations must constantly re-evaluate, and in some cases entirely re-engineer, their business models and strategies.

Our TMT Group supports clients through this ever-evolving process, providing informed, commercial, strategic and practical advice. By applying our deep understanding of the TMT industry and its key drivers, adopting a cross-disciplinary approach, and leveraging an experienced and knowledgeable cross-border team, we are able to add significant value to our clients’ TMT transactions.

We work with leading organisations across the TMT spectrum, and have played a key role in some of the most significant TMT developments and transactions in the Asia Pacific region.

Our technical expertise extends across the entire spectrum relevant to the activities of TMT organisations, and includes intellectual property, media regulation, defamation, telecommunication regulation, outsourcing and procurement, e-commerce, technology, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, competition law, privacy and spam, corporate advice, employment law, tax, finance, infrastructure, property and litigation.

HUB24 acquisition of Agility Applications Pty Ltd

Advised HUB24 Limited on its proposed acquisition of leading fintech Agility Applications Pty Ltd. Our role involved advising HUB24 in all major aspects of the transaction, including structuring, legal due diligence and transaction documentation.

Iron Mountain sale of Australian records management business for AU$70 million

Advised Iron Mountain Incorporated on the sale of certain assets of its Australian records management business to a consortium of buyers led by US private equity firm Housatonic Partners for AU$70 million.

Sapien Ventures first investment in Fintech startup HashChing

MinterEllison advised venture capital fund, Sapien Ventures, on its first investment in Sydney based Fintech startup, HashChing. HashChing's platform is a marketplace for prospective home buyers to choose mortgage brokers. HashChing connects prospective borrowers directly to independent verified mortgage brokers who seek to further negotiate a better interest rate from lenders.

Sale of Readify Limited to Telstra

Acted for software app developer Readify Limited on the sale of 100% of Readify to Telstra.

Vocus Communications $4billion merger with M2 Group

MinterEllison advised Vocus Communications Limited on its $4 billion merger with M2 Group Limited to create the fourth largest telecommunications service provider in Australia. The merger was signed and announced on Monday 28 September and completed on 22 February 2016. It was effected by way of a scheme of arrangement under which Vocus acquired 100% of the shares in M2, which provides retail telco services under various consumer brands including Dodo and iPrimus. This transaction continues MinterEllison's central role in the consolidations of ASX-listed telcos in Australia in 2015/2016 as they each vie for position in the NBN environment. Earlier in 2015, MinterEllison acted for Vocus on its $1.1 billion merger with Amcom (which made corporate history as the first scheme to succeed in the face of a 20% blocking stake held by TPG Telecom) and then for TPG Telecom on its $1.6 billion acquisition of iiNet (which succeeded in the face of a rival proposal by M2).