Fenwick & West Represents Cisco Systems in Acquisition of Topspin Communications

April 20, 2005

Fenwick & West LLP represented Cisco Systems, Inc. in its recently announced acquisition of privately-held Topspin Communications, Inc. of Mountain View, California. Topspin is the leading provider of server fabric switches, a new class of server networking equipment, providing a high performance, programmable infrastructure for grid and utility computing, clustered enterprise applications, and server virtualization. Cisco will pay approximately $250 million in cash and assumed options for Topspin. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions, and is expected to close during Cisco's fourth quarter ending July 30, 2005.

The Fenwick & West transaction team consisted of partners Doug Cogen, Scott Spector, Lisa Kenkel, Larry Granatelli, Karen Kitterman, Andrew Luh, Michael Farn and Stephen Gillespie, and associates Devin Gensch, Greg Sato, Rochelle Levy, Michael Tang, Ryan Hayes, Blake Martell, Gerald Audant, Sean Murphy, Jennifer Hill, and James Lin.

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