International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that it served as legal adviser to Getty Images, Inc., the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media, in its sale by Hellman & Friedman to a partnership comprised of global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group and Getty Images management for $3.3 billion.

“Getty Images was our first client when we started our corporate practice in Silicon Valley in 1999,” said Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Kyle Krpata. “It has been a pleasure working with the Getty Images team over the years and we’re delighted to be able to work with them on another milestone transaction.”

Weil has represented Getty Images in numerous acquisitions and financing transactions over the past 13 years, starting with Getty Images’ acquisition of The Image Bank in 1999 and, more recently, its acquisition of MediaVast in 2007, the sale of the company to Hellman & Friedman in 2008 and its acquisition of Jupiterimages Corporation in 2009.

The Weil team was led by Silicon Valley corporate partner Kyle Krpata and included Silicon Valley intellectual property transaction partner Karen Ballack and corporate partner Craig Adas, with Silicon Valley corporate associates Andrew Nelson, Bernard Lam and Alex Purtill, and intellectual property associate Kwang-chien Ger; London competition partner Douglas Nave and competition associate Dean O’Connell; and New York corporate partners Michael Nissan and Richard Ginsburg and New York tax associate Gregory Burns.


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