Firm Sees Substantial Growth in Transaction Totals from 2005; M&A Ac…

Firm Sees Substantial Growth in Transaction Totals from 2005; M&A Activity Drives Increase

BOSTON–LAWFUEL – US M&A Deals & Law –Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., a full-service, approximately 500-lawyer AmLaw 100 firm with offices throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., announced that in 2006 its Corporate Practice closed more than 200 transactions with a value of more than $13.5 billion.

The transactions included:

More than 80 merger and acquisition transactions totaling more than $12 billion;
More than 70 venture capital transactions totaling more than $635 million; and
13 public offerings, totaling more than $1.2 billion
Examples of various transactions include:

M&A Transactions:

Represented Epix (Nasdaq) in its $125 million merger with Predix.
Represented Telx in its sale to GI Partners Fund II LP and GI Partners Side Fund II LP.
Represented Services Acquisition Corp. International, a special purpose acquisition company, in its $265 million acquisition of Jamba Juice Company, a leading retailer of healthy blended beverages, juices and snacks.
Venture Capital Transactions:

Represented investor syndicate led by General Catalyst Partners in $30 million financing of Mascoma Corporation, one of the most noteworthy clean tech financings of 2006.
Represented RenaMed Biologics, Inc. in $40 million Series E transaction. Lead investors were TVM Ventures, Lurie-Nephros and MDS Capital.
Public Offerings:

Represented Viceroy Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”), in its listing on AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange plc. Underwritten by CRT Capital LLC.
Represented Altus Pharmaceuticals in its $121 million initial public offering. Underwriters were Merrill Lynch & Co., Morgan Stanley and SG Cowen & Co.
Represented SG Cowen & Co. as underwriter of the $59.5 million initial public offering of Achillion.
Strategic Collaborations:

Represented Enanta Pharmaceuticals in collaborative research and option agreement with Abbott Pharmaceuticals.
Represented Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in biotech collaboration and license agreement with Merck & Co., Inc.
Represented Archemix in its collaboration with Elan.
Represented InnoCentive, Inc. in agreements with The Rockefeller Foundation, Arkema, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Valspar, Inc., PPG Industries, PepsiCo, General Mills, and the L’Oreal Company.
Represented HiWired, Inc. in a master services and software license agreement with Cox Communications.
Represented AranTech in a master services agreement with Alltel Communications
“Mintz Levin has significant depth and breadth of experience representing companies in a range of complex transactions,” said Peter Demuth, Chairman of the firm’s Corporate Section. “As the firm and the corporate practice have expanded over the last year, the level and type of activity in which we’ve been engaged underscores the outstanding capabilities of our business and finance attorneys and is illustrative of our core strengths advising companies in a variety of exciting areas.”

Mintz Levin’s Corporate practice is comprised of more than 100 corporate and securities attorneys across the firm’s eight offices. Whether acting as general or special counsel, Mintz Levin attorneys consult with and advise clients on a wide variety of strategic and financial issues. Representation includes work for small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations, as well as investment companies, trade associations, governmental agencies and individuals. The firm has aided its clients in billions of dollars of public and private financings and multimillion dollar sales and acquisitions in industries as diverse as telecommunications, health care, biotechnology and the life sciences, energy and clean tech, consumer products, Internet and e-commerce, hardware and software, nanotechnology manufacturing, financial services, real estate, transportation and retail.

Mintz Levin is an AmLaw 100 law firm with offices in the US and the UK. The firm has exceptional depth in a broad range of practice areas, but our clients recognize that what sets us apart from other law firms is our industry focus. By truly understanding business drivers and industry trends, we are able to provide our clients with more than just legal advice. We provide legal solutions to our clients’ business issues. Since 1933, our lawyers have represented entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies, government agencies, and leaders in primary industries that include Life Sciences/Biotechnology; Technology & Communications; Financial Services & Insurance; Healthcare; Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction; and Retail & Consumer Products. Our practical knowledge combined with our industry expertise enables us to provide our clients with enterprise legal advice that gives their business a competitive advantage in the marketplace. For detailed information on the firm we invite you to visit www.mintz.com.

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