Australia: Norton Rose Fulbright advises Appen Limited on technology company acquisition
Last Updated: 11 October 2016

A cross-border team from global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised ASX-listed company Appen Limited on its acquisition of 100 per cent of the shares in Mendip Media Group Limited.

Appen is a leading global language technology solutions provider with capability in over 180 languages and 130 countries, serving global technology companies, automakers and government agencies.

Mendip Media is a prominent provider of secure transcription services in the UK. For two decades the company provides transcription services at a range of security levels to government departments, the UK Crown and County Courts, the UK police services and corporate clients. In recent years, it has expanded its client base through contracts with the United Nations, Ministry of Justice and several secure agencies.

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Ben Smits, who led the deal, commented:

"It was very rewarding to assist Appen on yet another strategic acquisition. Secure transcription is a fundamental issue for sensitive government information and this transaction will allow Appen to position itself as a market leader in both the UK and Europe."

Appen chief executive Mark Brayan told the ASX that the acquisition "establishes a growth platform for Appen in the UK and throughout Europe".

Ben was assisted in Sydney by associate Mitchell Kelly; and in London by Nari Armaly and Nathaniel Gordon.

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