Fenwick & West represented Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking, in its acquisition of NDS Group Ltd., a leading provider of video software and content security solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $5 billion, including the assumption of debt and retention-based incentives, to acquire all of the business and operations of NDS. The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of calendar year 2012, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory review in the United States and elsewhere.

The Fenwick transaction team included corporate attorneys Doug Cogen, Kris Withrow, Matthew Stewart, Adam Andrews, Brian Savage, Thomas Kang and Jay Wedge; executive compensation and employee benefits attorneys Scott Spector, Gerald Audant, Elizabeth Gartland, and Adriana Sherwood; intellectual property attorneys Stephen Gillespie, Lawrence Granatelli, Michael Egger, Stefano Quintini, Diana Lock, Christopher Joslyn, Morgan Fong, Lance Stern, Claire O’Callaghan, Ranjit Narayanan and Michael Riskin; antitrust attorney Mark Ostrau; litigation attorneys Laurence Pulgram and Jennifer Kelly; tax attorneys Ronald Schrotenboer and Matthew Noerper and corporate paralegal Maryann Fratto.

More information about the transaction is available from Cisco’s official press statement.


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