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Osborne Clarke advises the owners of MediaMonks on its sale to S4 Capital


Written on 10 July 2018

International legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised the shareholders of Dutch digital production company MediaMonks Multimedia Holding B.V., on its sale to S4 Capital Limited founded by Sir Martin Sorrell, as a result of a controlled auction process, managed by Clarity Capital Partners and JEGI.

Founded in 2001 and a client of Osborne Clarke’s since 2015, MediaMonks is a global creative production partner company. With its head office based in Hilversum, Netherlands the Agency has a workforce of more than 650 “Monks” working across eleven offices in four continents and specialising strategy and intellectual property into campaigns, film, content, products and platforms.

Victor Knaap, Managing Director and Main Monk at MediaMonks, commented: “Osborne Clarke has been an incredible company to work with. They guided us through our private equity deal when we were a 150-strong company in 2015, supported us through five acquisitions in our first year and helped us realise the most high-profile deal in creative production worldwide. We don’t see our Osborne Clarke team as lawyers, but as legal partners.”

MediaMonks was supported by a cross-border Osborne Clarke team from the Netherlands and the UK, which was led by Amsterdam-based Partner Cristine Brinkman and London-based Partner Chris King who were supported by Charlie Wedin and Tim Birt Partners in the UK, and in the Netherlands Partner Cars-Jan van Gool, Senior Associate Geoffrey Beurskens and Associates Niels Dolk, Guusje Cornelissen, Jos Tholhuijsen and Arlette Vrolijk.

Cristine Brinkman commented: “It has been fantastic to work with the team at MediaMonks for the last three years and now on such a complex process and high-profile transaction. I look forward to seeing their business grow and shape the future of this dynamic ever-evolving sector.”

Osborne Clarke has a market leading reputation as legal advisers to innovative businesses in the marketing, communications, design, content and technology sectors, particularly with transformative transactional projects. It is one of the leading law firms in the UK and internationally, working with both global businesses and also fast-growth start-ups and market challengers. The team advises at every stage of company development across all corporate issues, from equity and debt fundraisings to M&A, IPOs and JVs.

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