Activision Blizzard, Inc.
24 March 2016
We acted for Activision Blizzard, Inc. on its US$5.9 billion offer for King Digital Entertainment plc by way of a scheme of arrangement.
Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. It develops and publishes games, including Call of Duty®, Destiny, Skylanders®, Guitar Hero®, World of Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo®, and Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™.
King Digital Entertainment plc, the publisher of Candy Crush Saga® and Candy Crush Soda Saga™, is a leading international interactive entertainment company and is incorporated in Ireland, with offices in San Francisco, Malta, Seoul, Tokyo, and Shanghai.
Corporate Partner Justin McKenna lead a large team which included Corporate Partners Frank O'Flynn, Ciaran Healy and David Mangan and Finance Partner Daragh Bohan.
Debevoise & Plimpton also acted for Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Justin McKenna said, 'We are delighted to act for longstanding client Activision Blizzard, Inc. in a deal which is literally game changing and transformative in the interactive entertainment space and is also of such significance in the Irish market. Following our roles on the €3.8bn takeover of Dragon Oil and €1.4bn takeover of Aer Lingus this cements our leading role in Irish public M&A transactions.'