Fenwick & West LLP represented Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) in its recently announced acquisition of privately-held FineGround Networks, Inc. of Campbell, California. FineGround is a leading provider of Web application delivery systems that accelerate and optimize the performance of business-critical applications and files across the extended enterprise. Cisco will pay approximately $70 million in cash and options for FineGround. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions, and is expected to close in Cisco's fourth quarter ending July 30, 2005.
The Fenwick & West transaction team consisted of: corporate attorneys Doug Cogen, T.J. Hall, Kris Withrow, Elizabeth Gartland; employee benefits partner Scott Spector; IP attorneys Mike Farn, Devin Gensch, Dan Brownstone, Rimma Budnitskaya; tax attorneys Ron Schrotenboer, Neal Gordon; and litigation associate Cathleen Donohoe.
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