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Last spring, Lawrence Ellison told The Wall Street Journal that the software industry would see massive consolidation. On June 6, the Oracle Corporation CEO showed he intended to participate by making a hostile $5.1 billion bid for PeopleSoft, Inc. Four days earlier, PeopleSoft had agreed to acquire J.D. Edwards & Company for $1.7 billion in stock. Oracle’s bid set off a flurry of activity. On June 16 PeopleSoft announced that it would offer cash and stock for J.D. Edwards; the switch from an all-stock bid meant that PeopleSoft no longer needed its shareholders’ approval for the deal. Then Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal filed suit against Oracle, charging that its acquisition of PeopleSoft � which Ellison initially said he would shut down, a threat he later disavowed � would violate state antitrust laws. Oracle initially threatened to challenge the PeopleSoft/J.D. Edwards deal in Delaware Chancery Court but allowed the deal to close without a fight, instead holding open its offer to buy the combined company. The outcome of Oracle’s bid was undecided at press time. For bidder Oracle Corporation (Redwood City, California) In-house: General counsel Daniel Cooperman, associate general counsel Matthew Ng, and senior corporate counsel George Gucker and John Wadsworth. Davis Polk & Wardwell (New York): Corporate: David Ferguson, Dennis Hersch, William Kelly, and associates Aly El-Hamamsy, Jeffrey Evans, Christina Gross, Elizabeth Pinho, Jie Shen, Sarah Solum, and Steven Williams. Employment: Jean McLoughlin and associate Cynthia Akard. Credit: Marlane Melican. Litigation: Michael Carroll, Joel Cohen, and Frank Moseley. (Ferguson, Kelly, Evans, Solum, McLoughlin, and Akard are in the Menlo Park, California, office.) Richards, Layton & Finger (Wilmington): Litigation: Daniel Dreisbach and Allen Terrell, Jr. Corporate: R. Franklin Balotti, C. Stephen Bigler, and associates Paul Brown, Brock Czeschin, and James McMackin III. The deal is Richards’s first job for Oracle. Morrison & Foerster (San Francisco): Antitrust: W. Stephen Smith, of counsel Panagiotis “Aki” Bayz, and associates Jonathan Gowdy and Jonathan Linde. (All are in the Washington, D.C., office.) MoFo has advised Oracle on antitrust issues for more than a decade. Bingham McCutchen (Boston): Litigation: David Balabanian, Stephen Hibbard, Geoffrey Howard, and associates Star-Shemah Bobatoon, Daniel Feldstein, Sivan Gai, Kari Krogseng, Maggie McLetchie, and Jason Yurasek. (All are in San Francisco except Bobatoon and McLetchie, who are in Los Angeles.) Bingham is helping to represent Oracle in litigation in California and Delaware state courts. For target/acquiror PeopleSoft, Inc. (Pleasanton, California) In-house: General counsel Anne Jordan, assistant general counsel David Chavez and Terry Church, senior corporate counsel Michael Coletta, senior regional counsel Scott Trainor, and corporate counsel Carol Vanairsdale. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Los Angeles): On the Oracle bid: Corporate: Andrew Bogen, Gregory Davidson, Douglas Smith, and associates John Filippone, Ari Lanin, Melisa Perez, and Kenneth Stratton. Litigation: Paul Collins, Jonathan Dickey, Timothy Roake, Wayne Smith, and associates Shoshanah Asnis, Sally Berens, Elizabeth Brem, Damien Lillis, and Shelley Mack. Antitrust: Joseph Kattan and Joel Sanders. (Bogen, Filippone, Lanin, and Perez are in Los Angeles; Davidson, Stratton, Collins, Dickey, Roake, Asnis, Berens, Lillis, and Mack are in Palo Alto; Douglas Smith and Sanders are in San Francisco; Wayne Smith and Brem are in Irvine, California; and Kattan is in Washington, D.C.) On the J.D. Edwards bid: Corporate: Lawrence Calof, Lisa Fontenot, Peter Heilman, Douglas Smith, and associates Heather Bell, Leonor Dicdican, Margaret Fitzpatrick, Melisa Perez, M. Lucy Schlauch, and Kenneth Stratton. Antitrust: Joseph Kattan and Joel Sanders. Intellectual property: David Kennedy and associate Kendall Thiessen. Labor & employment: Kathrin Sears. Tax: Paul Issler. ERISA: associate Michael Collins. (Calof, Stratton, and Kennedy are in Palo Alto; Fontenot, Heilman, Smith, Bell, Dicdican, Fitzpatrick, Sanders, and Sears are in San Francisco; Perez and Issler are in Los Angeles; Schlauch, Thiessen, and Collins are in Denver; and Kattan is in Washington, D.C.) Gibson has represented PeopleSoft since 1995. Potter Anderson & Corroon (Wilmington): Litigation: Robert Payson, Peter Walsh, Jr., Donald Wolfe, Jr., and associate Brian Ralston. Carr & Ferrell (Palo Alto): Of counsel Gary Reback. For target J.D. Edwards & Company (Denver) In-house: Vice president and general counsel Richard Snow, vice president-worldwide legal operations Beth Newcomb, staff attorney T.J. Crowson, and securities attorney Rhonda Wagner. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Palo Alto): Corporate: Steve Camahort, Herbert Fockler, Michael Kennedy, Jose Macias, and associates Kristina Aberg, Jon Avina, Brady Berg, Richard Blake, Lora Blum, Jonathan Chan, Chris Chen, Kiki Haar, Jennifer Kercher, and Andrew Shum. Litigation: David Berger, James DiBoise, Cynthia Dy, Jared Kopel, and associates Tasneem Dohadwala, Kimberley Fonner, Tait Graves, Tracy Tosh Lane, Alda Leu, Chan Park, and Catherine Winterburn. Antitrust: Chris Compton, David Killam, and associates Scott Sher and Richard Woodworth. Intellectual property: Selwyn Goldberg, Sara Harrington, and associates Krys Corbett, Morgan Fong, Amanda Keith, Eric Natinsky, Kalinda Raina, and Kevin Sin. Tax: Ivan Humphreys and associate Susan Morse. Real estate/environmental: Susan Reinstra and associates James McCann, Kimberly McMorrow, and Vicente Reyes. Employee benefits & compensation: John Aguirre and associates Jason Borrevik, John Ludlum, and Daniel Stellenberg. (Camahort, Kennedy, Blum, Shum, DiBoise, Dohadwala, Graves, Lane, Leu, Park, and Winterburn are in San Francisco; Natinsky is in Austin.) J.D. Edwards general counsel Snow worked with Wilson Sonsini while in-house at a Silicon Valley company more than 25 years ago and stayed in touch with the firm, he says. J.D. Edwards tapped Wilson as issuer counsel in its 1997 IPO, and has used the firm ever since for all of its securities and corporate work. Ashby & Geddes (Wilmington): Lawrence Ashby and Philip Trainer, Jr.

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