M&A of SNS Accounts
M&A of YouTube channels and Twitter accounts is a highly specialized area that necessitates specialized knowledge and know-how. As a law firm with IT, the Internet, and business specialists on staff, we provide extensive assistance in this area.
Examples of M&A track records
We have a track record of M&A and due diligence transactions in excess of 100 million yen, such as the transfer of VTuber and anime YouTube channels.
We handle a large number of contracts and due diligence related to the transfer of Twitter accounts that provide information.
We support the transfer of Instagram accounts as part of the business transfer of owned media.
We also have experience and know-how regarding other SNS and web services.
Monolith Law Office is a law firm
specializing in IT, the Internet and business.
We provide legal services ranging from contract drafting to due diligence (DD) for M&As, including YouTube channels,
from small deals to transactions exceed 100 million yen.
Special M&A features on SNS such as YouTube
IT/Internet legal affairs
It would be difficult to properly determine the legal checkpoints regarding the transaction unless you are a law firm with extensive experiences in IT and the Internet.
Intellectual property law
Expert knowledge of intellectual property rights, such as copyrights, is required to properly handle rights when transferring SNS accounts.
Understanding the licenses set by third parties is essential when disseminating content in various media, and doing so correctly is a highly specialized task.
For example, the Due Diligence (DD) process for YouTube channels necessitates terminology knowledge as well as staying up to date on the most recent versions of various guidelines.
Responding to legal due diligence
The business transfer of SNS accounts such as YouTube channels and Twitter, as well as the stock transfer of companies that own them, are contracts that, in some cases, require legal due diligence (DD), just like so-called ordinary M&A.
Our firm also prepares legal due diligence (DD) and DD reports for such highly specialized M&A transactions.
* In the case of creating a DD report, the working hours of the lawyer are, in principle, 30 hours or more (the attorney’s fee is 1 million yen or more).
Special features of legal due diligence for SNS
When conducting M&A DD for a YouTube channel, for example, the legality of the videos published on the channel, as well as compatibility with YouTube’s terms of service and various guidelines, are issues to consider. If these issues arise, public videos may be deleted, and in the worst-case scenerio, measures such as account suspension may be implemented, and the channel’s value may be misunderstood.
Examples of our client
We handle a project for ZIZAI Inc., which runs the VTuber/virtual YouTuber Miraiakari and the pachinko/slot training video channel Sulopachi Station.
We handle a project of Plott Co., Ltd., which manages anime YouTube channels such as “Teikou Penguin”, “KAREKORE of MIXED BLOOD”, “Grim Reaper Flag Chan!”, and “Yaruminati”.
We handle a project for Algorithm Inc., whose primary business is the acquisition and the activation of affiliate media, as well as the operation of “feely” and “tabiyori”.
In addition to smartphone apps, we handle a project for Mediano Co., Ltd., whose main business is M&A transactions that realize collaboration that leverages the strengths of both parties and also acquires media content scheduled for transfer.
*We are also in charge of many other client projects. Only companies with permission to disclose business partner information are listed. Due to confidentiality obligations, the fact that you are our client is kept strictly confidential.
Publication activities in YouTuber / VTuber legal affairs
Legal matters for YouTubers/VTubers are a highly specialized field. Toki Kawase, our representative attorney, is also engaged in publication activities related to these topics.
Publication activities as a lawyer with expertise in SNS legal matters, including YouTube
“IT Lawyer, Please Tell Us About YouTube Laws and Terms” (Shodensha, July 30, 2022) has been published to explain YouTube-related regulations and terms to beginners. In a Q&A format, the book explains how to create various contracts and checkpoints for each theme, ranging from contracts that are prerequisites for M&A to business transfer contracts.
VTuber-related guest appearance on “ABEMA Prime”
In “ABEMA Prime,” a show that aired on February 16 and May 20, 2022, our representative attorney commented on legal issues such as the privacy of VTubers and the controversial influencers causing a stir on the Internet.
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