29 January 2008
29 January 2008 - Leading international law firm Mayer Brown has advised Entertainment One Ltd ("Entertainment One") on the acquisition by its subsidiary, Movie Associations B.V., of R.C.V. Entertainment B.V. and its subsidiaries ("R.C.V.") from Lastannet Entertainment II B.V. The deal was worth a total consideration of 41.5 million Euros (approximately £31 million) in cash, funded by placing proceeds of £3 million, additional senior debt facilities of 15 million Euros and £19.6 million drawn down (with £17 million of this used to help fund the acquisition) from a £25 million senior subordinated exchangeable note with a yield to maturity rate of 10%.
Entertainment One was admitted to trading on the AIM market on 29 March 2007. R.C.V. is a leading independent film distributor in the Dutch and Belgian markets. Its core business is the acquisition and exploitation of independent motion pictures in Holland and Belgium.
Entertainment One's strategy is to build a leading international entertainment content ownership and distribution business. The acquisition of R.C.V. follows on from the acquisitions of UK based Contender Entertainment Group in July 2007 (also advised by Mayer Brown) and of Canada based Seville Pictures in August 2007.Robert Hamill, London corporate partner, commented
: "We are delighted to have worked alongside Entertainment One Ltd once again in this transaction. The relationship between the two firms continues to grow as we assist them in their endeavour to expand their business globally."
The Mayer Brown team was led by corporate partners Robert Hamill and Lauri-Lynn Pursall and assisted by corporate associates Rodney Edgerton, Joe Rigler and Elaine Thornton. Finance partner Drew Salvest, finance associates Gina Hartnett, Ijeoma Ekwueme-Okoli and Jayne Backett and tax partner Sandy Bhogal provided advice on the financing and exchangeable note arrangements.
For further information:Robert Hamill
Partner, Corporate Group, London
+ 44 20 7782 8558
Marketing Manager, London
+44 20 7782 8842