VMware to Acquire Pivotal Software for $2.7 Billion

On August 22, 2019, VMware, a virtualization and cloud computing provider, and Pivotal Software, a cloud-native platform provider, announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which VMware will acquire Pivotal for $2.7 billion. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is representing VMware in the transaction.

Pivotal, a leader of modern software development, has helped organizations transform how they build and run their most important applications. The combination of Pivotal’s developer experience and assets with VMware’s IT expertise and infrastructure will help deliver a comprehensive portfolio of products, tools and services necessary to build, run, and manage modern applications on Kubernetes-based infrastructure with velocity and efficiency. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected in the second half of VMware’s fiscal year 2020, which ends on January 31, 2020.

The WSGR team representing VMware in the transaction includes:

Corporate/M&A
Marty Korman, Partner
Todd Cleary, Partner
Ethan Lutske, Partner
Doug Schnell, Partner
Angela Chen, Associate
Brian Chan, Associate
Alan Sadler, Associate

Technology Transactions and IP
James Clessuras, Partner
Audrey Garfield, Of Counsel
Sean Withall, Associate

Employee Benefits and Compensation
Brandon Gantus, Partner
Michael Klippert, Associate
Jason Chan, Associate

Employment Law
Jason Storck, Partner
Joseph Horne, Associate
Nedim Novakovic, Associate

Real Estate & Environmental
Susan Reinstra, Partner
Lee Cumberland, Associate
Martin Sul, Counsel

Tax
Jonathan Zhu, Partner
Derek Wallace, Of Counsel
Joseph Mandry, Associate

Export Controls
Melissa Mannino, Of Counsel
Jonathan Davey, Associate

Privacy and Data Protection
Matthew Staples, Partner
Daniel Xi Chen, Associate

Litigation
Ignacio Salceda, Partner

Regulatory and Compliance
Jeffrey Lehtman, Partner
Maria Lapetina, Counsel
Seth Cowell, Associate

For more information, please see VMware's press release.