Hytera Communications Corporation Limited’s acquisition of UK-based digital radio products manufacturer Sepura Group PLC


China-based Hytera Communications Corporation Limited has completed its acquisition of UK-based digital radio products manufacturer Sepura Group PLC.

Hytera’s acquisition of Sepura adds approximately 700 professionals and staff to Hytera’s organization, along with research facilities and offices in Cambridge, Zaragoza, and Helsinki. Sepura had itself grown rapidly, both organically and through the acquisition of Zaragoza, Spain-based PMR communications solutions provider Teltronic S.A.U. in 2015. Sepura also owns Helsinki, Finland-based applications developer Portalify. The Sepura Group markets PMR communications solutions under the PowerTrunk brand in North America.

Established in 1993 in Shenzhen, China, Hytera Communications is the world’s fastest-growing PMR solution provider, and the world’s #1 DMR Tier III Trunking provider. Hytera’s more than 7,000 employees serve organizations in more than 120 countries, including in government, the public security sector, the utilities, transportation, and oil and gas industries, and a range of other businesses.

In 2016, both Hytera and Sepura provided PMR solutions for event management and public safety at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Next year, Hytera will provide similar PMR communications solutions for security and event management for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Latham & Watkins advised Hytera with a corporate deal team led by partners Richard Butterwick (picture) in London and Cathy Yeung in Hong Kong, with associates Sonica Tolani, Karima Salway and Natasha Hamilton-Foyn in London and Vivian Tse in Hong Kong. Advice was also provided on employee benefits and compensation matters by counsel Sarah Gadd in London; on finance matters by partner Adrian Chiodo, with associates Charles Armstrong and Joyce Lam in London; on tax matters by partner Karl Mah, with associate Jack Prytherch in London; and on competition and regulatory matters by the following lawyers: partner Jonathan Parker, with associates Calum Warren, Sophia Lange and David Zhou in London; partners Sven Völcker and Héctor Armengod, with associates Thorsten Schiffer and Daphne Fernández-Corugedo in Brussels; counsel Jana Dammann de Chapto in Hamburg; and partner Les Carnegie, with associate Lauren Talerman in Washington, D.C.

Involved fees earner: Richard Butterwick – Latham & Watkins; Cathy Yeung – Latham & Watkins; Sonica Tolani – Latham & Watkins; Karima Salway – Latham & Watkins; Natasha Hamilton-Foyn – Latham & Watkins; Vivian Tse – Latham & Watkins; Sarah Gadd – Latham & Watkins; Adrian Chiodo – Latham & Watkins; Charles Armstrong – Latham & Watkins; Joyce Lam – Latham & Watkins; Karl Mah – Latham & Watkins; Jack Prytherch – Latham & Watkins; Jonathan Parker – Latham & Watkins; Calum Warren – Latham & Watkins; Sophia Lange – Latham & Watkins; David Zhou – Latham & Watkins; Sven Völcker – Latham & Watkins; Héctor Armengod – Latham & Watkins; Thorsten Schiffer – Latham & Watkins; Daphne Fernández-Corugedo – Latham & Watkins; Les Carnegie – Latham & Watkins; Jana Dammann de Chapto – Latham & Watkins; Lauren Talerman – Latham & Watkins;

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