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Fenwick & West Represents Cisco Systems in $6.9B Acquisition of Scientific-Atlanta

November 18, 2005

Fenwick & West represented its client Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) in its agreement to acquire for $6.9 billion in cash Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA), a leading global provider of set-top boxes, end-to-end video distribution networks and video system integration. The combined entity will create a world class, end-to-end triple play solution for carrier networks and the digital home.

Details of the transaction are available on Cisco's website at The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

Fenwick & West attorneys who worked on the transaction include: Corporate attorneys Gordon Davidson, Douglas Cogen, Lynda Twomey, Kris Withrow, Mark Porter, Paul Dutton, Kee Bong Kim, John Lister; Technology Transactions attorneys Lisa Kenkel, Stephen Gillespie, Larry Granatelli, Michael Egger, Spencer Glende, Christopher Joslyn, Rochelle Levy Karr, Diana Lock, Benjamin Longoria, Catherine Manley, Tracy Randall, Jennifer Stanley, Greg Sato, Chad Woodford; Patent attorneys Michael Farn, John McNelis, Daniel Brownstone, Robert Hulse, Edward Weller; Litigation attorneys Dean Kristy, Kevin Muck, Michael Sacksteder, Michael Sands, Darryl Woo, Bryan Kohm, Felix Lee, Patrick Sherman; Tax attorneys Ron Schrotenboer, Timothy Fitzgibbon; Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits attorneys Scott Spector, Gerald Audant, Elizabeth Gartland, Blake Martell, Liza Morgan; Antitrust partner Mark Ostrau; and Trademark partner Karen Kitterman.


Doug Cogen
Partner and Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Group

About Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to high technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The firm was ranked by MergerMarket as the #1 U.S. Legal Advisor for Technology Industry M&A in 2004.