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Nokia Corp. is acquiring Intellisync Corp., a wireless e-mail provider for cell phones, in a $430 million deal that involved more than a dozen lawyers from three firms. The purchase will add to Nokia’s suite of messaging applications for mobile phone users, allowing it to further compete with PDA makers such as BlackBerry. Under the terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, Intellisync stockholders will receive $5.25 per share in cash. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom represented Nokia, with a team led by partners Celeste Greene in San Francisco, Kenton King and Alec Chang in Palo Alto, Calif., and Moshe Kushman in Los Angeles. Intellisync used attorneys from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Wilson Sonsini has represented Intellisync on corporate matters in the past year, but Intellisync wanted to bring in Simpson Thacher to be the lead counsel on this deal. “The board of directors wanted an independent law firm that hadn’t worked with the company before,” said David Segre, the lead partner for Wilson Sonsini. “With the higher scrutiny that deals get these days, they may have felt it better to have a separate counsel.” Wilson Sonsini attorneys who worked on the deal include Palo Alto partners Bret DiMarco, Selwyn Goldberg, Roger Stern and Marc Gottschalk; special counsel Paul Shinn and Michael Panepucci; and associates Ira Lam and John Chase. Simpson Thacher’s team included Palo Alto partners Richard Capelouto and Kirsten Jensen; New York partner Charles Rappaport and associate Rachel Birnbaum; Palo Alto of counsel Richard Grimm and associates Jung Yeon Son, Wendy Davis and David Wagner. The deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2006.

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