Daily News: December 27, 2013

Hastings Represents Gannett in $1.5B Belo Merger/Restructuring

Paul Hastings announced that it represented Gannett in connection with its acquisition of Belo and a related restructuring of Belo broadcast station assets. The Belo transaction had a total equity value of $1.5 billion.

The closing of the transaction makes Gannett the fourth-largest owner of “Big 4” major television network affiliates in the country, reaching nearly one-third of U.S. households. The combination with Belo nearly doubles Gannett’s broadcast portfolio and creates the largest independent station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets, including stations to be serviced by Gannett under shared services and similar arrangements entered into as part of the restructuring.

Media and M&A partner Eric Dodson Greenberg led the Paul Hastings team, which included Telecommunications, Media & Technology partner Sherrese Smith, who counseled on media industry and related regulatory issues; and associates Matthew L. Gibson and Leah Graham.

Paul Hastings also represented Gannett on antitrust regulatory matters associated with the transaction. Antitrust & Competition Practice chair and partner Michael P.A. Cohen, antitrust partner Scott Hataway and associates Michael Wise and Noah Pinegar advised on competition issues.

Gannett is an international media and marketing solutions company.

Belo is a broadcast television company with 20 network-affiliated stations.