Media & Entertainment

Ellex Raidla has a deep knowledge of the field and advises on matters of broadcasting license and license applications, protection of TV formats, legal audits of consumer campaigns and direct marketing campaigns. We also help our clients with assessment of advertisements to check compliance with regulatory requirements. Our experts represented clients in disputes arising from the publication of factually incorrect information, including the landmark case against a leading Estonian internet media company, creating a precedent on whether and under what conditions a media company may be responsible for online comments of its readers.
Key projects in the field

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Ants Nõmper

Managing Partner

Head of Intellectual Property & IT practice group
+ 372 640 7170
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Merlin Liis

Associate

+ 372 640 7170
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Key projects in the field

Successful representation of BLRT in the media dispute against Anastassia Kovalenko
BLRT’s court dispute against Anastassia Kovalenko regarding the correctness of factual allegations published in her master’s thesis and interview took a new turn in the circuit court. Namely, the court decided to order Kovalenko to refute the factual allegations.
 
The case began in autumn 2017 when BLRT filed an action with the court because the company found that Anastassia Kovalenko’s master’s thesis and the interview given to radio show “Delovoje ljudi” contained incorrect claims and statements.
 
On 26 October, Tallinn Circuit Court decided to annul Harju County Court’s initial judgment in part and partially satisfy the claims. This means that Kovalenko needs to refute allegations about BLRT’s annual reporting in the newspaper Äripäev, the publications of Delovõje Vedomost as well as on the University of Tartu’s website for master’s theses.
 
BLRT was represented by Ellex Raidla’s Partner Ants Nõmper and Senior Associate Martin Raude.
 
A consortium advised by Ellex Raidla and Linklaters invests in Sportradar
Ellex Raidla team together with Linklaters as lead counsel advised a consortium of investors, consisting of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and U.S. growth equity firm TCV, on the acquisition of a significant stake in Sportradar AG.

CPPIB, through its wholly owned subsidiary, CPP Investment Board Europe S.à r.l., and TCV will together acquire a stake in Sportradar at an enterprise value of EUR 2.1Bn (~USD 2.4Bn.) from private equity firm EQT and certain minority shareholders. Carsten Koerl, founder, majority shareholder and CEO, will retain his entire ownership position in Sportradar. EQT will also reinvest a portion of its sale proceeds into Sportradar.

Headquartered in St. Gallen (Switzerland), Sportradar is the global leader in the provision of sports data. The company provides leagues, news media, consumer platforms and sports betting operators with data. It is an official partner of the NBA, NFL, NHL and NASCAR, as well as FIFA and UEFA.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is an investment management organisation, headquartered in Toronto (Canada), that manages and invests funds on behalf of 20 million contributors to and beneficiaries of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

Founded in 1995, TCV provides capital to growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry. The firm has invested more than 10 billion U.S. dollars in leading technology enterprises and has assisted in over 115 IPOs and strategic acquisitions. TCV currently has invested over 1 billion U.S. dollars in Europe.

From Ellex Raidla Partner Risto Vahimets, Senior Associate Karl-Erich Trisberg and lawyer Anna Trine Raudsepp advised on the transaction.
We represented AS Ekspress Grupp in disputes concerning the approval of the media group’s annual reports
Our Partner Arne Ots and Senior Associate Martin Raude represented media group AS Ekspress Grupp in disputes concerning the approval of the annual reports of the media group against Grupivara OÜ who had pursued an action in the name of the AS Ekspress Grupp. The action brought by the OÜ Grupivara relied on grounds that the goodwill of AS Ekprerss Grupp’s on-line news portals Delfi Eesti and Delfi Latvia should have been written down in the annual report, in which case no distributable profit would be arisen.
 
On 30 August, the Supreme Court did not accept the appeal in cassation of OÜ Grupivara with regard to the decision of a general AS Ekspress Grupp shareholders' meeting to approve the annual report 2013 as well as the profit sharing plan. In this connection the decision of Harju county court of 14 November 2016 entered into Forde, rejecting the action, brought by the OÜ Grupivara, for the nullity of the decisions of the general meeting of shareholders of AS Ekpress Grupp dated 20 June 2014.