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A trio of law firms and an in-house duo came together to orchestrate Nvidia Corp.’s acquisition of MediaQ Inc. The $70 million, mostly cash deal between the two Santa Clara-based companies was announced Aug. 4. Nvidia makes graphics chips for computers, and MediaQ creates devices that help mobile phones deliver video images and graphics. Cooley Godward corporate partner Keith Flaum was in the lead on the Nvidia side. Backing him up were corporate associates Kathryn Walker Hall and Cara Franklin. All three are in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group. Pitching in from Cooley on antitrust issues was partner John Young and associate Francis Fryscak. Juggling tax questions was partner Glen Kohl and Donald Brosnan, a special counsel. Nvidia’s legal department had a hand in the deal as well. David Mitchell Shannon, the company’s general counsel, and Alan Wong, senior corporate counsel, worked alongside the Cooley lawyers. A team of lawyers from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Venture Law Group represented MediaQ Inc. The two firms have a client-sharing arrangement. On the VLG side were partners Steven Tonsfeldt and Laurel Finch. The Orrick team of corporate lawyers comprised partners Peter Cohn and Lowell Ness and associates Hsinya Shen and Patricia Zeigler. RENOVIS Latham & Watkins helped South San Francisco’s Renovis Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the development of drugs to treat neurological diseases and disorders, in a private placement worth $45 million. The new funds will help pay for several of the drugs the company has in development and will be used to expand its clinical pipeline with new drug candidates for development. Leading the Latham team was Silicon Valley partner Alan Mendelson. Mendelson was assisted by associates Mark Roeder and Kathleen McCallister. Investors were represented by Philadelphia’s Pepper Hamilton. Partner Hugh Douglas Camitta in the firm’s Detroit office led Pepper’s team.

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