UK: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw Communications Group Advises easynet Group plc on Dutch & German Acquisitions
Last Updated: 6 August 2002

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw’s Corporate Group has advised easynet Group plc in its two latest telecoms acquisitions in Germany and the Netherlands. Eeasynet Group plc is a leading pan-European business broadband provider and commercial ISP with operations in eight European countries.

The first was the acquisition of the majority of the web-hosting assets and operations of Ision from their administrators. Ision (part of the Energis group) is a leading supplier of high-end hosting, security solutions and access providers to major corporate customers in Germany. The consideration was Euros 3.4 million (approximately £2.2 million) cash.

Shortly afterwards, Easynet completed the acquisition of Dutch business ISP, Wirehub! Internet B.V., a leading player in the Dutch market for broadband IP access and services for business. This was for a maximum consideration of Euros 6 million (approximately £3.8 million).

Richard Croft, General Counsel of Easynet, led the acquisitions and Richard Page led the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw team. Christof Gaudig, corporate partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw's Cologne office advised on all German aspects of the Ision acquisition.

The team for the Wirehub! Transaction also included corporate assistant Gary Cooper. Nauta Dutilh (Gijs Gerretsen) advised on Dutch legal aspects of the transaction. The sellers were advised by Martijn Koopal of Schut Groscheide.

MBR&M's communications team, led by Peter Dickinson, continues to show its strength and expertise, particularly in a distressed market, having also advised recently on Telia's acquisition of the UK network of 360 from administrators, and on Interoute's acquisition of the principal assets of KPNQwest's Ebone network.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Page, Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw: 020 7782 8787

About Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw

  • Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw is the 10th largest law firm in the world with 13 offices worldwide, including representations in the world's major financial centres; London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York. Our London office consists of over 90 partners, 300 lawyers and a total staff of nearly 600. We deliver multi-jurisdictional advice to the world's leading companies, financial institutions and multinational businesses.
  • Internationally, the Corporate & Securities Group comprises of nearly 100 partners and 250 lawyers. The London Corporate Team is also one of the largest in the City, with 30 partners, over 140 lawyers and specialises in all aspects of corporate and commercial law: mergers & acquisitions; securities and capital markets including restructuring transactions and securities offerings in domestic, cross border and offshore markets.

For further details please visit our website at www.mayerbrownrowe.com

About easynet

  • easynet is a leading pan-European Business Broadband provider and business ISP with operations in eight European countries. Established in 1994, easynet owns and operates one of Europe’s most advanced Internet network and data center infrastructures. In the UK, easynet has a national broadband network consisting of 3,500 route kilometres of fibre cable and approximately 350,000 kilometres of optical fibers.

  • easynet’s experience, infrastructure and vision have resulted in an unrivalled product portfolio. This includes a full suite of scalable Internet connectivity and hosting options such as Business Broadband access, routed ISDN, leased line, VIPâ branded ISP service, carrier services and managed backbone facilities, e-commerce solutions, fault tolerant, highly resilient facility managed web-servers, co-location services including rack-mounted server suites, network security and systems integration.
  • In addition, easynet offers a range of bespoke solutions created exclusively for the education market, delivering Internet access in a safe, appropriate and controlled environment. All services are complemented by quality non-stop technical support.

Further information on easynet can be obtained at:

Telephone 020 7900 4444, Fax: 020 7900 4445

Web: http://www.easynet.net

ISPA Internet Industry Award Winner 1999, 2000 & 2001 IIR European ISP Forum 2000 – Best Business ISP

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