Internet & Digital Media

Latham & Watkins’ Internet & Digital Media Industry Group assists emerging and established Internet and digital media companies with their legal needs in this rapidly evolving space.

Responding to Developments in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Latham's award-winning Internet & Digital Media team has participated in many high-profile transactions. It has assisted leading established and emerging companies in mergers and acquisitions; litigation, including intellectual property litigation; financing transactions; securities offerings; structuring cross-border international operations; technology and intellectual property transactions; joint ventures and in matters involving online speech, privacy rights, advertising, e-commerce and consumer protection, and regulatory issues.

The group is comprised of lawyers with in depth knowledge about the industry, as well as alumni of government and regulatory agencies. The lawyers leverage their understanding of the market, regulatory and political environments to develop practical and creative solutions to business issues around the globe.

The group represents clients in all areas of the industry, including:

Latham has been involved in numerous high profile matters in this area. Some of the firm's recent work includes advising:

  • Electronic Arts in merger control filings in connection with its US$1.3 billion acquisition of PopCap Games, a developer and publisher of puzzle video games
  • The underwriters of the US$114.3 million IPO by Angie’s List, Inc.
  • in its US$110 million series C financing. Lashou is the largest group-purchasing website in China.
  • Demand Media, Inc. in its $US174 million IPO
  • See Tickets International BV, a British online ticketing services company, in its US$179 million acquisition by CTS Eventim AG
  • The Huffington Post, a privately owned Internet newspaper website, in its US$315 million acquisition by AOL
  • Adobe Systems, Inc. in connection with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claim against Applian Technologies, Inc. Latham obtained a stipulated permanent injunction against Applian’s software product.
  • eBay, Inc. in its US$945 million acquisition of Bill Me Later, Inc., a payment technology company, as well as in merger control filings in connection with the acquisition
  • Intuit, Inc. in its US$170 million acquisition of Mint Software Inc., a provider of online personal finance services
  • OpenTable, Inc. in its US$60 million IPO, its US$195 million secondary offering, and its US$55 million acquisition of, a UK restaurant reservation website. Latham has also advised Opentable in European employment matters.
  • The Walt Disney Company in its US$763.2 million acquisition of Playdom, Inc., a leading social game developer, as well as in merger control filings in connection with the acquisition
  •  US$225 million sale of HotJobs, an online recruitment website, and its US$680 million acquisition of Right Media, Inc., a digital advertising exchange platform
  • Yahoo! Inc. in a variety of matters including its $US$1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, a microblogging platform and social networking website, its US$270 million sale of interClick, a proprietary data-valuation capabilities company, its acquisition of Inc., a leading Internet portal in the Middle East, its US$225 million sale of HotJobs, an online recruitment website, and its US$680 million acquisition of Right Media, Inc., a digital advertising exchange platform
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