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GUNDERSON, SULLIVAN ATTORNEYS SLING $380M DEAL Slingbox is a little device that lets you watch your home television on your laptop � even if your laptop is in a hotel room thousands of miles away. GUNDERSON DETTMER STOUGH VILLENEUVE FRANKLIN & HACHIGIAN partner John Dietz uses his to watch the San Francisco Giants while traveling on business. SULLIVAN & CROMWELL‘s Scott Miller uses his to watch his beloved L.A. Dodgers. But the new technology from Sling Media has meant more than on-the-road entertainment for the two lawyers. It also meant a nice chunk of work when EchoStar Communications bought the Foster City startup for $380 million in cash and stock late last month. Miller led the Sullivan team representing EchoStar, which is based in Colorado, and Dietz led the Gunderson team representing Sling Media. “It was a fairly straightforward deal,” Dietz said. “Both parties wanted to get it done quickly.” Dietz is friends with the founders of Sling Media, Blake and Jason Krikorian, and has done work for the company since it launched in 2004, he said. Although Jason Krikorian started his Silicon Valley career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a paralegal in the corporate securities practice, Gunderson has been the company’s go-to firm. “I’ve got a very good relationship with these guys,” Dietz said. The relationship has also included some investment from Gunderson’s investment fund, though Dietz said he couldn’t specify the amount. As for the relationship between Dietz and Miller, everything was amicable, even though their favorite ball teams are rivals. “We’ve done three or four deals with [Gunderson],” Miller said. “They’re very businesslike and very reasonable.” Assisting Miller on the Sullivan team were Palo Alto associates Vikram Varma and Jason Suh as well as lawyers in New York. Aside from Dietz, the Gunderson team included partner Gari Cheever in San Diego, and associates Joshua Cook, Chelsea Thaxter and Christina Catzoela in Menlo Park.

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