Latham & Watkins has advised CVC Capital Partners and the acquisition vehicle formed by it and Haveli Investments on the acquisition of Jagex, a leading developer and publisher of video games, from Carlyle. Jagex is primarily known for its key RuneScape titles, the leading Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (“MMORPG”). Based in Cambridge, UK, Jagex is one of the largest and most successful British video game studios.
The Latham team was led by London corporate partners Kem Ihenacho and Suneel Basson-Bhatoa, with support from London corporate partner Mike Turner, entertainment, sports & media counsel Rachael Astin, and associates Edward Coates, Jonathan Lin, and Catherine Fellows. Advice was provided on finance matters by London partners Jay Sadanandan, Hayden Teo, and counsel William Lam, with associates James Fawcett, Chris Devine, and Mohammad Kazmi; on data protection matters by London partner Gail Crawford, Washington, D.C. partners Clayton Northouse and Marissa Boynton, with associate Lorenzo Meusburger; on data and technology matters by London partner Christian McDermott, with associates Calum Docherty, Elva Cullen, Victoria Wan, Nara Yoo, and Priyanka Krishnamurthy; on employment and benefits matters by London partner Sarah Gadd, with associate Charlie Bowden; on real estate matters by London partner Quentin Gwyer and counsel Michael Beanland; on tax matters by London partner Helen Lethaby and New York partner Max Raskin, with associate Aaron Bradley; on litigation matters by London partner Oliver Browne; on antitrust matters by Washington, D.C. partner Damara Chambers, New York partner Katherine Rocco, Washington, D.C. counsel Britton Davis and Brussels counsel Jana Dammann de Chapto, with associates Sara Castiglia and Markus Welzenbach; on sanctions matters by London partner Robert Price and Washington, D.C. partner Les Carnegie, with associates Michelle Taylor and Matthew Crawford; and on compliance matters by London partner Nathan Seltzer, with associate Matthew Unsworth.