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EMC Corporation is growing, one purchase at a time. After acquiring nine small companies in the past three years, the Massachusetts-based provider of data storage systems announced on July 8 that it had agreed to buy Legato Systems, Inc., a Mountain View, California-based storage management software developer, for $1.3 billion in stock. The deal closed in October. The acquisition will help EMC develop its software business. And company CEO Joseph Tucci has promised to continue his buying campaign. Announcing the Legato merger, Tucci said EMC would do at least one more large software deal this year. For acquiror EMC Corporation (Hopkintown, Massachusetts) In-house: General counsel Paul Dacier and corporate counsel Dana Ng and C. Matthew Olton. Ropes & Gray (Boston): Corporate: David Walek and associates Reuben Ackerman, Laurie Churchill, Christopher Kirby, and Craig Marcus. Tax: Eric Elfman and associate Jennifer Harding. Compensation and benefits: Ronald Groves. Litigation: Randall Bodner and associate Peter Welsh. (Kirby and Harding are in San Francisco.) Ropes & Gray has represented EMC since its 1986 IPO and generally advises the company on mergers and acquisitions and securities matters, Walek said. Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (New York): Antitrust: George Cary, James Modrall, Mark Nelson, and associates Kerrie Burmeister, Sean Corey, and Robert Schulz. (All are in Washington, D.C., except Schulz, who is in Brussels.) For target Legato Systems, Inc. (Mountain View, California) In-house: General counsel Noah Mesel. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Philadelphia): Business and finance: John Larson, William Myers, and associates Matthew Bartus, Stephanie Helfrich, and Angela Hilt. Executive compensation: S. James DiBernardo, Zaitun Poonja, and associate Heather Brookfield. Antitrust: George Cumming, Willard Tom, and of counsel Laura Rawson. Tax: Kenneth Kail and of counsel Robert Livsey. Intellectual property: associates Matthew Miller and Tamara Tompkins. Employment: Senior counsel Karen Peteros. (DiBernardo, Poonja, and Peteros are in Palo Alto; Tom is in Washington, D.C.; and Kail is in New York. All other attorneys are in the firm’s San Francisco office.) Larson began working with Legato in 2001, when he was a partner at the now-defunct Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. He brought the client with him to Morgan, Lewis.

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