December 16, 2004 (MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA). Symantec (Nasdaq:SYMC) and VERITAS Software (Nasdaq:VRTS) announced their agreement to merge, in an historic transaction valued at over $13.5 billion. This transaction would be the largest technology merger since HP/Compaq and the largest software industry merger ever.
Fenwick & West represents its long-standing client Symantec in this transaction.
The Firm’s state-of-the-art facility in Mountain View, California hosted the bulk of the interactions between the parties and their investment bankers and lawyers in the active period leading up to the signing of the agreement.
Lawyers from the corporate, IP, litigation and tax groups worked around the clock to analyze the due diligence material, structure and negotiate the deal, and document the transaction. Fenwick & West team members include lead partners Gordy Davidson and Dan Winnike, and Scott Spector, Stephen Gillespie, Dean Kristy, Larry Granatelli, Samuel Angus, Mark Ostrau, Ron Schrotenboer, Karen Kitterman, Garth Bossow, Andrew Luh, Douglas Stewart, Eugene Chung, Gerald Audant, Ali Fawaz, John Lister; Catherine Kevane, Jenefer Swede, Paul Dutton, Blake Martell, Tahir Joel Naim, Michael Hopp, Chris Joslyn, Ines Gonzalez, Mona Clee and Andrew Kim.
Daniel Winnike, Partner, Corporate Group
Gordon Davidson, Firm Chairman
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