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.

Why Latham

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:

Our Experience

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.
  • Lashou.com 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 toptable.com, 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 Maktoob.com 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

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Named 2019 Cybersecurity & Privacy Group of the Year - January 28, 2020
  • Silicon Valley Litigator Selected Among Top Trade Secrets Lawyers - October 14, 2019
  • Litigation & Trial Partner Named An Influential Leader in San Diego - September 04, 2019
  • Bay Area Partners Honored as Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyers in California - June 27, 2019
  • Two West Coast Partners Named California Trailblazers - June 24, 2019

“Widely renowned TMT offering valued for its proficiency in corporate-related mandates, cross-border joint ventures, outsourcings and complex distribution agreements.”

Chambers Global 2017 Technology, Media, and Telecommunications

Events

Privacy + Security Forum 3rd Annual CyberSecure Summit

Media Coverage

Daily Dicta: Latham’s Billion Dollar LitigatorInnovative Individual: Karen SilvermanTech Litigation Department of the Year Finalist: Latham & Watkins

News

Latham Advises EQT and OMERS on the Acquisition of Deutsche GlasfaserLatham & Watkins Advises Care.com in Acquisition by IACLatham & Watkins Advises Honey On Acquisition by PayPal

Thought Leadership

Singapore’s PSA Boosts Rapidly Evolving Payment Services LandscapeThe Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – JapanThe Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review – UK

Webcasts & Podcasts

Legal Issues Regarding the Use of Open Source SoftwareWebsite Terms of Service and Other Online User Agreements