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VMware Inc. had plenty of would-be suitors to choose from, but once the company agreed to pair with EMC Corp. for $625 million, the deal sailed through for the team at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Wilson partner Martin Korman said he was called in last fall when Wilson client VMware, a privately held company based in Palo Alto, began mulling its options, including several suitors and an initial public offering. Settling on a strategy was as much work as doing the deal with EMC Corp., Korman said. “There were a lot of strategic alternatives,” Korman said. “EMC was very eager to be the one to acquire this company, and the deal went just as smoothly as anyone could imagine.” Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC Corp. makes software for storing and retrieving huge amounts of data, while VMware makes virtual computing software. The deal, which was announced Dec. 15, closed on Jan. 9. Korman’s deal team included Wilson Chairman Larry Sonsini, who serves on VMware’s board of directors, and partner Bradley Finkelstein. Associate Brandon Ponichter lent an assist. Wilson litigation partner Irwin Gross also pitched in, helping to disclose VMware’s patent lawsuit, which had been originally filed against Connectix but is now against Connectix buyer Microsoft Corp. EMC Corp. was represented by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom with Boston-based partner Margaret Brown in the lead. Rounding out her corporate team were Skadden associates William Lundregan, Yael Dar and Andrew Kopans. EBAY/MOBILE.DE EBay Inc. has extended its market in Germany through the $152 million acquisition of mobile.de, which sells cars through online classified advertisements. San Jose’s eBay pulled in Cooley Godward partner Keith Flaum and a group of lawyers from Latham & Watkins’ office in Hamburg, Germany, to complete the deal. Flaum had represented eBay in its 1999 acquisition of the German online trading company alando.de AG. Mobile.de’s classifieds Web site “is a complementary format to eBay’s auction format,” Flaum said. “It provides consumers with another way to buy and sell cars online.” Under the terms of the deal, eBay will acquire all outstanding shares of mobile.de for approximately $152 million in cash. EBay’s in-house team working on the transaction included General Counsel Michael Jacobson, Associate General Counsel Brian Levey, Bertrand Lanciault III and Marc von Samson- Himmelstijerna, eBay’s legal director in Germany. Latham & Watkins partners Joachim von Falkenhausen, Andreas Weitbrecht, Bj�ern- Axel Dissars and B�rger Ulrich also worked on the deal. Wegener Bechtel Schmidt represented mobile.de.

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