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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.

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).

TPG Telecom Limited capital raising by way of an A$300 million placement and share purchase plan

Acted for TPG Telecom Limited on it's A$300 million fully underwritten institutional placement and A$50 million follow-on share purchase plan.

Sale of Hussmann Corp to Panasonic Corporation

Advised Panasonic Corporation from an Australian and New Zealand perspective on its acquisition of Hussmann Corporation, a Missouri-based manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems for US$1.545 billion.

A$1.2 billion merger of Vocus Communications and Amcom Telecommunications

Advised Vocus Communications on its $1.2 billion scrip based merger with Amcom Telecommunications Limited to create the third largest provider of corporate telecommunications services in Australia. Vocus and Amcom are infrastructure providers with extensive fibre optic network and data centre assets which offer cloud and telco services to enterprise, government and corporate clients.

M2 Group acquisition of Dodo and takeover of Eftel

Advised M2 Group on its A$250m private treaty acquisition of Dodo and recommended takeover of Eftel Limited. The transaction involved parallel acquisitions of a publicly listed entity (Eftel) and a private entity (Dodo) where the vendor of the private entity had a majority shareholding in the listed entity. This required careful consideration of independence issues and potential collateral benefit issues.