ASML / Cymer

ASML Holding N.V. agreed to acquire Cymer Inc. for $2.55 billion in cash and stock on October 17. The two companies have collaborated in developing lithography systems for manufacturing semiconductors since 2011. They hope to close the deal in the first half of the year pending approvals from regulators and Cymer shareholders.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom: Richard Ely, Timothy Fesenmyer, and Neil Stronski.

Sullivan & Cromwell: Eric Kraut­heimer and Alison Ressler.

Arris / Motorola Home

Google Inc. agreed to sell Motorola Home to Arris Group Inc. for $2.35 billion in cash and stock on December 20. Google gained the set-top box unit business as part of its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. [Big Deals, October 2011]. The Internet search company struck that deal primarily to gain Motorola’s smartphone patents and technology. The companies hope to close the deal in the second quarter pending regulatory approvals.

Troutman Sanders: W. Brinkley Dickerson Jr., Robert Friedman, and Patrick Macken.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton: Ethan Klingsberg and Glenn McGrory.

RedPrairie / JDA Software

RedPrairie Corporation paid $1.9 billion in cash for rival supply chain software management company JDA Software Inc. in a deal announced on November 1 and closed December 21.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson: Abigail Bomba, Aviva Diamant, and Richard Steinwurtzel.

DLA Piper: Steven Pidgeon.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore: Scott Barshay and Damien Zoubek.

Priceline / Kayak

Priceline.com Incorporated agreed to pay $1.65 billion in cash and stock for rival travel search website Kayak Software Corporation on November 8, less than four months after Kayak completed an initial public offering on Nasdaq. The IPO was priced at $26 a share, but the Priceline bid valued Kayak at $40 per share. At press time the companies hoped to close the deal in the first quarter pending approvals from regulators and Kayak shareholders.

Sullivan & Cromwell: Brian Hamilton and Keith Pagnani.

Bingham McCutchen: Laurie Cerveny and Michael Conza.

Permira / Ancestry.com

Permira Advisors LLP led an investor group that paid $1.6 billion in cash for genealogy Internet search site Ancestry.com Inc. in a deal announced October 22 and closed December 28. The buyout group included Ancestry.com CEO Timothy Sullivan and CFO Howard Hochhauser and Spectrum Equity Investors L.P., which paid $300 million for a controlling stake in Ancestry.com in 2007 and took the company public two years later.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson: Brian Mangino and Robert Schwenkel.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz: Ronald Chen, Andrew Nussbaum, and William Savitt.

Kirkland & Ellis: David Breach and ­Jeffrey Symons.