Five firms advise on Microsoft's $8.5b acquisition of Skype

May 12, 2011 Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire the popular Internet telephone service Skype SA for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker’s 36-year history.

Microsoft is represented by Washington-based firms Covington & Burling and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Covington’s 13-lawyer team includes partners Yaron Dori, Charles “Rick” Rule and Jonathan Kanter.

Simpson Thacher is also advising on the deal with a team led by corporate Partners Charles "Casey" Cogut and Alan Klein, as well as compensation and benefits Partner Gregory Grogan.

Sullivan & Cromwell is advising both Skype Global and Silver Lake with a corporate team led by London Partner Richard Morrissey, Los Angeles Partner Alison Ressler and Palo Alto Partner Sarah Payne.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is counsel to Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, as well as to their company Joltid Limited, which is also a Skype shareholder. M&A Partners Michael Gisser and Rick Madden are part of Skadden’s team.


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