Fenwick & West Represents Cisco in Acquisition of Lightwire for $271M

February 27, 2012

Fenwick & West LLP represented Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) in its recently announced acquisition of Lightwire, Inc. Headquartered in Allentown, PA with offices in Santa Clara, CA, Lightwire develops advanced optical interconnect technology for high-speed networking applications.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $271 million in cash and retention-based incentives in exchange for all shares of Lightwire. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to be complete in the third quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2012.

The Fenwick transaction team included corporate attorneys Douglas Cogen, Andrew Luh, Aaron Hou, Amna Latif, Christine Chen; executive compensation and employee benefits attorneys Gerald Audant and Grace Chen; licensing attorneys Stephen Gillespie, Christopher Joslyn, Samar Shah and Diana Lock; and tax attorney Matthew Noerper.

More information about the transaction is available from Cisco’s official statement.