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Sean Murphy


Sean Murphy


T:+44 20 7444 5039

Sean is a corporate partner in Norton Rose Fulbright's London office.

Sean focuses on the communications, media, technology and life sciences sectors.  He is the global co-chair of Norton Rose Fulbright's technology international business group and leads our global distributed ledger and blockchain practice group.

Sean has experience of a broad range of international corporate matters including, public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity buy-outs and venture capital and growth equity investments.

Many of Sean’s clients are headquartered outside Europe and he has advised on wide range of cross-border transactions.  He is very familiar with the unique legal and practical issues that these transactions present.

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  • Representative experience
    • ValueAct Capital on its £1.2 billion consortium bid with CVC Capital Partners for Misys Plc, the banking software provider.
    • Symphony Technology Group on its £99.6m recommended bid for Kewill plc, the trade and logistics software provider.
    • IRIS Software Group on the acquisition of Cascade Human Resources Limited, a leading provider of HR and payroll solutions.
    • Kleiner Perkins and Institutional Venture Partners on several rounds of investment in Shazam Entertainment Limited, the smartphone-based music identification service.
    • NetScout Systems, Inc. on the acquisition of Psytechnics, a leading provider of performance management technology.
    • Scottish Equity Partners and management on the £39.4m sale of Control Circle, a provider of complex managed hosting and cloud-based services, to Alternative Networks Plc.
    • Oracle Systems Corporation on the acquisition of Advanced Visual Technologies Limited.
    • SuccessFactors on the European aspects of its $3.4 billion sale to SAP.
    • Barloworld on the sale of its Barloworld Logistics supply chain software division to LLamasoft, Inc.
    • Tiger Global Management on its investment in Alex & Alexa, the online retailer of luxury brands for children.
    • The shareholders of Progenitor Labs, a regenerative medicine company, on a £4m investment by SR One, GlaxoSmithKline’s corporate venture fund.
    • CGI on the sale of its rFrame regulatory reporting product suite to Wolters Kluwer.
    • NYSE Technologies on the acquisition of Metabit, a leading Tokyo based provider of high performance market access products throughout Japan and Asia.
    • NGEN Partners as lead investor in a $12 million investment in nlyte Software Limited.
  • Admissions
    • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales