Funimation Global Group’s $1.175 Billion Acquisition Crunchyroll

Latham & Watkins advised Sony Pictures on the deal.

Sony’s Funimation Global Group LLC closed its agreement to acquire AT&T Inc.’s Crunchyroll anime business. Funimation is a joint venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.’s subsidiary, Aniplex Inc. The purchase price for the transaction is $1.175 billion subject to customary working capital and other adjustments. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Crunchyroll launched in 2006 as a streaming service offering anime titles without authorization. The website secured US$4.05 million in its first-round funding from Venrock and began licensing titles for streaming in 2008.

Latham advised Sony Pictures with a team led by New York partner Thomas Christopher (Picture) and Los Angeles partner Alex Voxman with associates Andrew Clark, Jennifer Wong, Eduard Grigoryan, and Nick Goshgarian. Advice was also provided on benefits and compensation matters by Bay Area partner Julie Crisp and associate Rachel Narowski; on tax matters by Los Angeles partner Larry Stein with associate Brian Rogers; on intellectual property matters by Los Angeles partner Ghaith Mahmood with associate Jordan Naftalis; on entertainment and media matters by Century City associates Kendall Johnson, Adam Raichilson, Omeed Anvar, Emma Pianta, and Jordan Naftalis; on data privacy and security matters by Bay Area counsel Robert Blamires with associates Sam Maerz-Boening, Danielle van der Merwe, and Irina Vasile; on sanctions matters by Washington D.C. partner Les Carnegie with associates Andrew Galdes and Jessie Michelin; on anticorruption matters by Los Angeles counsel Katherine Sawyer; on insurance matters by Los Angeles partner Drew Levin with associate Harrison White; on Japanese corporate matters by Tokyo partner Hiroki Kobayashi with associate Takaki Sato; on German corporate matters by Hamburg associates Jacob Ahme and Philipp Thomssen; and on French corporate matters by Paris associate Mayssa Sader.

Involved fees earner: Jacob Ahme – Latham & Watkins; Omeed Anvar – Latham & Watkins; Robert Blamires – Latham & Watkins; Les Carnegie – Latham & Watkins; Thomas Christopher – Latham & Watkins; Andrew Clark – Latham & Watkins; Julie Crisp – Latham & Watkins; Andrew Galdes – Latham & Watkins; Eduard Grigoryan – Latham & Watkins; Kendall Johnson – Latham & Watkins; Hiroki Kobayashi – Latham & Watkins; Drew Levin – Latham & Watkins; Samantha Anne Maerz-Boening – Latham & Watkins; Ghaith Mahmood – Latham & Watkins; Jordan Naftalis – Latham & Watkins; Rachel Narowski – Latham & Watkins; Emma Pianta – Latham & Watkins; Adam Raichilson – Latham & Watkins; Brian Rogers – Latham & Watkins; Mayssa Sader – Latham & Watkins; Takaki Sato – Latham & Watkins; Katherine Sawyer – Latham & Watkins; Laurence Stein – Latham & Watkins; Philipp Thomssen – Latham & Watkins; Danielle van der Merwe – Latham & Watkins; Irina Vasile – Latham & Watkins; Alex Voxman – Latham & Watkins; Harrison White – Latham & Watkins; Jennifer Wong – Latham & Watkins;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti