Fenwick Represents Blue River Technology in $305 Million Acquisition by John Deere

September 07, 2017


Fenwick & West represented Blue River Technology Inc., a leader in applying machine learning to agriculture, in its pending acquisition by Deere & Company (NYSE: DE), a global leader in providing advanced products and services to those linked to the land. John Deere will invest $305 million to fully acquire Blue River. The transaction is expected to close in mid-September.

The acquisition will allow John Deere to utilize Blue River’s advanced technologies using computer vision, robotics and machine learning to help smart machines detect, identify and make management decisions to help farmers optimize inputs to the field. More information about Blue River’s acquisition by John Deere can be obtained from the company press release.

The Fenwick transaction team included corporate lawyers Kris Withrow, Steve Levine, Ryan Slunaker, Yael Perl, Shen Zhang, Alexandra Wood, Travis Robertson and Jennifer Cho; technology transactions lawyers Ralph Pais, Ana Razmazma and Ari Fink; executive compensation and employee benefits lawyers Gerald Audant, Kristine O’Hanlon and Victoria Wong; and tax lawyers Will Skinner and Sophia Huang.