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Ciaran Hickey


Ciaran heads our corporate team and has over 15 years’ experience advising on a variety of deals, specialising in the technology, computer games and digital media sectors.

“I act for all types of clients in the technology and media sectors, from leading companies to investors and entrepreneurs.

I am experienced across a broad range of corporate transactions including M&A, venture capital, corporate venturing, joint ventures and reorganisations and frequently work on deals spanning multiple jurisdictions. I use this experience to offer clients pragmatic and valuable advice throughout the process and to ensure transactions are closed successfully.

I also lead the team that works with our corporate venturing partners Microsoft Accelerator and Wayra.

Working with clients whose sectors are constantly evolving provides constant challenges as a corporate adviser – I don’t just have today’s problems to contend with but tomorrow’s too. Identifying and solving these issues before they become major problems for my clients is particularly satisfying.”

Ciaran Hickey is an excellent partner and a great foil as we consider our positions internally before approaching a counterparty.

Chambers UK, 2023

Recent Experience +

Digital media

  • Telefonica Digital on the acquisition of Statiq
  • The shareholders of Gamer Network on the sale to ReedPop
  • The Shareholders of Gleam Futures on the sale of a majority stake to Dentsu Aegis Networks
  • Beatport on the disposal of its Sounds business and investments into Loopmasters and Plugin Boutique
  • International soccer player Gerard Pique on his equity investment into The Players’ Tribune
  • Perform Group on several cross-border acquisitions including Sportal Australia and Spox
  • Adbrain on its venture debt funding from Kreos Capital
  • Sandtable on its investment form WPP
  • Huggg on its series A funding from Kindred Capital and Saatchinvest

Computer Games

  • Milky Tea on its investment from Tencent
  • Snoot Entertainment on its $46m investment into Cloud Imperium Games
  • Roto VR on its series A investment from Pembroke VCT
  • Toadman Interactive on its acquisition of Anti Matter Games
  • Nerial on its joint venture and acquisition of certain of the assets of Sectordub


  • Wisetech Global on its acquisition of LSI Sigma
  • Cloudapps on the sale of its Sustainability Cloud business to Thinkstep AG
  • Hambro Perks on multiple equity investments
  • Wazoku on its venture debt funding from Barclays and series B investment from Calculus Capital
  • Access Industries on investments into Crowdsurge, Get Taxi and Vigoda


  • Anton Capital on its investment into TV distribution business Beiboot
  • The shareholders of Greenbird Media on the sale of a majority stake to Keshet International
  • Digital Rights Group on its equity investments with television production companies
  • Greenbird Media on its equity and debt funding arrangements with BBC Worldwide
  • Greenbird Media on multiple investments into television production companies
  • Banijay on its equity investments into television production companies


  • UKTV on multiple corporate venturing investments
  • Grow Biotech on its joint venture with IPS Specials
  • Manchester United on its acquisition of ITV’s stake in MUTV