Fenwick & West represented Zoosk, Inc., operator of a leading global online dating platform, in its acquisition by Spark Networks SE (NYSE American: LOV), a leading global dating company with a portfolio of premium brands, for approximately $255 million in cash and stock.
The acquisition of Zoosk will drive a meaningful increase in Spark’s scale, with over one million monthly paying subscribers across the two platforms. More information about Zoosk’s $255 million acquisition by Spark can be obtained from the company announcement.
Fenwick has served as primary outside counsel to Zoosk for several years, led by corporate partner Cindy Hess. The Fenwick transaction team included corporate lawyers Kris Withrow, Cindy Hess, Ran Ben-Tzur, Eric Shedlosky, Brian Kelly, Victoria Wong, Sam Fleuter and Carlota Saenz Guillen; executive compensation and employee benefits lawyers Marshall Mort, Ariel Gaknoki, Christine Chen and Josh Fuller; intellectual property lawyers Christopher Joslyn, Joseph Schenck, Russell Wong and Shizuka Tiernan; and tax lawyers Will Skinner and Michael Knobler.