Equity holders sell 100% equity interest in Bemobi to Oslo-based Opera; Milbank partner John Franchini led firm’s Corporate and Latin America teams in transaction
NEW YORK/RIO DE JANEIRO, August 11, 2015 – Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, together with Brazilian counsel Eskenazi Pernidji Advogados of Rio de Janeiro, has advised the equity holders of Brazil-based Bemobi Mídia e Entretenimento Ltda., a leading subscription-based mobile-app-discovery service in Latin America, in the announced sale of 100% of their equity interest in Bemobi to Norwegian software company Opera Software ASA. The acquisition is expected to be completed in Q3 2015.
Bemobi offers a unique subscription service for Android apps that allows smartphone users access to unlimited use of premium mobile apps for a weekly fee. The acquisition will bring Bemobi’s one-of-a-kind service to a global audience and also establish Opera as a market leader in Latin America.
Oslo-based Opera Software is known primarily for its family of web browsers for computers, phones, and tablets and has 350 million users worldwide.
A Milbank team led by Corporate partner John Franchini acted as US counsel in the transaction. Milbank lawyers on the transaction, in addition to Mr. Franchini, included Corporate partner Roland Hlawaty, Corporate special counsel Brian Kelly, and associate Kamel Aït-El-Hadj.
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