In one of the most influential deals in the video games industry, Fangda advised Moonton Technology on its acquisition by ByteDance’s video games unit Nuverse. The deal was announced on 22nd March, 2021.
Following the acquisition, the Shanghai-based Moonton Technology will continue to operate independently. The company already has several offices in Indonesia, Singapore, and Hong Kong SAR, and is most famous in Southeast Asia for its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. Moonton Technology will provide the strategic support needed in video games, electronic sports and other areas to help ByteDance accelerate its global gaming offerings.
Fangda acted as deal counsel to Moonton Technology, advising on bidding and due diligence aspects in connection with several potential buyers, which included ByteDance, and advised on transaction negotiation and documentation, as well as providing antitrust and IP-related advice. The Fangda team was led by corporate partners Norman Zhong, Helen Fan and Raymond Chan, supported by antitrust partners Michael Han and Jin Wang, and entertainment law & IP partner Devan Shao. Other key members included Joyce Pei, Kitty Ng, Hao Zhang and other associates.