International legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised Miniclip, a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, on its acquisition of award-winning games developer, FuturLab

Miniclip is a global leader in digital games. The company develops, publishes and distributes highly engaging games to an audience of over 400 million players each month, across mobile, web and social platforms. Founded in 2001, Miniclip has been a leader in online games and reaches people across the world in the pursuit of “unleashing the gamer in everyone”. In the past years, Osborne Clarke have been delighted to assist Claudia Gorman, general counsel at Miniclip and the wider Miniclip M&A team with adding studios that include Playsport, Yakuto, Masomo, Ilyon, Eight Pixels Square and Gamebasics to the Miniclip group.

Founded in 2003, FuturLab is an interactive entertainment company based in Brighton, best known for its game PowerWash Simulator, a genre leader in the 'games that soothe' space. Following the acquisition by Miniclip, FuturLab will work on an exciting pipeline of growth opportunities in the soothing genre.

Sam Yazdani, Senior Corporate Counsel at Miniclip, added, "We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Futurlab to the Miniclip group; it’s an extremely exciting chapter for Miniclip entering the PC/Console space for the very first time. A huge thank you to Tom and his team at Osborne Clarke who, as usual, are a delight to work with and helped make the transaction a smooth and successful one".

The Osborne Clarke team advising Miniclip was led by members of the UK corporate team comprised of Partner Tom Try, Senior Associate Katie Tait, Associate Jasmine Khag, Trainee Edward Aves and Paralegal Phoebe Hart. Tax advice was provided by Partner Mathew Oliver and Senior Associate Anna Reynolds.

Osborne Clarke is widely recognised as a leading European law firm for interactive entertainment and Osborne Clarke’s corporate team are considered a go-to practice for many in the wider tech, media and comms sector, working with leading global businesses, 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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