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Lawyers in the Palo Alto office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison represented Cisco Systems Inc. on its purchase of Andiamo Systems Inc., a privately held company that develops network data storage equipment. Andiamo was represented by attorneys in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The final price of the transaction will be based upon Andiamo’s sales in the three months prior to closing, as well as Cisco’s share price and sales. Cisco, which already holds a substantial stake in Andiamo, estimates the price could go as high as $2.5 billion. The deal has been approved by both companies and is expected to close in Cisco’s fiscal 2004 third quarter, according to a report by the Associated Press. Attorneys at Brobeck and Cisco said the transaction was characterized by how well everyone worked together. “All parties worked very collaboratively to get this deal and the deal structure put together,” said Scott Lester, Cisco’s in-house counsel. Brobeck partner William Chuang worked with associates Tracy Parola and Richard Meamber in the Palo Alto office. New York-based partner William Myers and San Diego-based senior counsel Jeffrey Garfinkle also worked on the deal. Palo Alto-based Wilson Sonsini partner Martin Korman and associate Michael Weisberg represented Andiamo. Lester and Sherman Chu served as in-house counsel for Cisco. Technicolor/Panasonic Disc Lawyers in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster represented Thomson Multimedia Inc. and its subsidiary, Technicolor, in a $265 million acquisition of Panasonic Disc Services Corp. Matsushita, Panasonic’s parent company, was represented by attorneys working in the Palo Alto office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. The deal was a follow-on from a transaction that Thomson and MoFo completed last year, said Stuart Offer, the tax partner who worked on the deal. “We were pleased to be given the opportunity to work with Technicolor again,” he said. MoFo partners Laurie Hane, Robert Townsend, W. Stephen Smith, Offer and associates Thomas O’Toole, Ashley Anderson, Christina Lau, Brandon Villery, Brian Hayle, Kyla Chin, Kathryn Davis, Bradley Lui and Timothy Verrall worked on the deal. The Weil, Gotshal partners who worked on the deal include Richard Millard, Michael Kessler and Karen Ballack in Palo Alto and Helyn Goldstein in New York. Palo Alto-based of counsel Roger Ross II and associates Kyle Krpata, Shaina Varia, W. H. “ Chip” Petree III, Aaron Melville and New York-based Michele Jacobsen also worked on the deal.

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