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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati deployed an army of lawyers to Colorado to pave the way for Sun Microsystems Inc.’s $4.1 billion purchase of Storage Technology Corp. “It’s the biggest cash deal in technology that’s been done on both a friendly and strategic basis,” said Wilson Sonsini partner Martin Korman, who led the transaction for Sun. Teams of intellectual property, litigation, corporate, real estate and tax attorneys did due diligence at StorageTek’s Louisville, Colo., headquarters while a separate contract negotiation team oversaw the logistics and tactics of the deal, the largest in Sun’s 23-year history. The deal is expected to be completed in late summer or early fall. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner Dennis Block was the lead counsel for StorageTek. Korman said he and his firm have worked with Block a number of times in recent years and they share a mutual respect. “Dennis is a smart guy with strong points of view,” Korman said. “We understood each other’s positions and were quickly able to settle our differences.” Under the terms of the deal, StorageTek stockholders will receive $37 per share in cash for each StorageTek share for an aggregate value of about $4.1 billion. Sun said the acquisition would make it a global leader in comprehensive network computing and data management. Sun provides servers to power corporate computer networks and Web sites. StorageTek makes tape drives, cartridge libraries and network management and backup software to help businesses store and manage data. The Wilson team included partners Katharine Martin, Selwyn Goldberg, Sara Harrington, Ivan Humphreys, Eileen Marshall, Marc Gottschalk and Susan Reinstra; of counsel Ralph Barry; and associates Todd Cleary, Jon Avina, Vijaya Gadde, Jennifer Kercher, Glenn Luinenburg, Mark Altman, Parag Gheewala, Margie To and Michelle Wallin.

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