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Boston Scientific Corp., the Natick, Mass.- based global manufacturer, developer and marketer of medical devices used by physicians as alternatives to major invasive surgeries, ended weeks of wrangling when it signed a $27 billion agreement to buy Guidant Corp., the Indianapolis, Ind.-based designer and developer of cardiovascular medical products. The contest for Guidant had played out over several weeks between Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson. The merger will create a company with revenue of $9 billion and a position as the country’s largest distributor of coronary stents, defibrillators and other items for cardiac care. Shearman & Sterling represented Boston Scientific. Partners included Danielle Carbone, Doreen E. Lilienfeld, Don J. Lonczak, Peter D. Lyons, Clare O’Brien, Maura E. O’Sullivan, and Scott D. Petepiece, all in New York. Associates were Taylor French, Jonathan E. Kellner, Bridget Mazour, Jessica Neilsen, Corey A. Reis, Nathan D. Sawyer, Michael S. Stein, Michael S. Sunwoo, Eliza W. Swann, and Andrew M.W. Yeung in New York; Ethan D. Harris in Washington, D.C.; Steve Kim in Menlo Park, Calif.; and S. Patrick Hennessey and Ann H. Woo in San Francisco. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom represented Guidant. Partners were Neal R. Stoll in New York; Brian W. Duwe and Charles W. Mulaney, Jr. in Chicago; and Henry L. Huser in Brussels. Counsel was Michael R. Bergmann and Ian G. John in Washington, and associates, both from Chicago, were Jason R. Braswell and Alison M. Rhoten.
The Walt Disney Company, home of Mickey Mouse and other legendary cartoon characters, announced its intention to acquire Pixar, which has won 20 Academy-Award nominations for computer-animated films like “Toy Story.” The $7.4 billion all-stock transaction is expected to be completed by the summer. Dewey Ballantine and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom represented Walt Disney. Dewey Ballantine attorneys were partners M. Adel Aslani-Far, Morton A. Pierce, and Gordon E. Warnke in New York, as well as Joseph M. Pari in Washington, D.C. Associates were Simon Briggs and Marcus Weiss in New York and Devon M. Bodoh in Washington. Skadden partners were Clifford H. Aronson in New York; Meryl K. Chae, Joseph J. Giunta, Moshe J. Kushman, Michael A. Lawson, and Brian J. McCarthy in Los Angeles; Alec Y. Chang in Palo Alto; Frederic Depoortere in Brussels; and Edward P. Welch in Wilmington, Del. Andrew F. Strobert in New York was counsel, and associates were C. Scott Lent in New York; So-Yan Ahn, Michael Beinus, Williana H. Chang, Casey T. Fleck, Vanja Habekovic, Jennifer K. Hibbard, Nathaniel E. Jackson, Benjamin Kacev, Elliott N. Kermani, David Peyman, Roshan Sonthalia, Albert W. Stemp, and Shiping Xu in Los Angeles; Kristin M. Davis, Paul E. Davis, Michele A. Gustafson, and Kristin Major in Palo Alto; and Stacy E. Kray in San Francisco. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati represented Pixar. Partners were Charles E. Biggio in New York; John E. Aguirre, Marc E. Gottschalk, Sara D. Harrington, Ivan H. Humphreys, Catherine S. Kirkman, Jose F. Macias, and firm chairman Larry W. Sonsini in Palo Alto; Eileen C. Marshall and Scott A. Sher in Reston, Va.; Michael S. Ringler in San Francisco; and Martin W. Korman and Burke F. Norton, who practice in both the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices. Associates involved in the transaction were Richard C. Blake, Jessica E. Bliss, Amy Hsiao, Erika M. Muhl, and Richard L. Woodworth in Palo Alto; and Madeleine Boshart and Michelle D. Kley in San Francisco. Pixar general counsel Lois Scali served as the company’s in-house counsel.

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