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Latham & Watkins Advises Keybase in its Acquisition by Zoom

May 8, 2020
An Emerging Companies team advised on the transaction.

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. and Keybase announced that Zoom has acquired Keybase, a secure messaging and file-sharing service. The acquisition will accelerate Zoom’s plan to build end-to-end encryption that can reach current Zoom scalability. 

“Latham is a fantastic partner that brings not only a high-level of service, but also a depth of knowledge that has been invaluable,” said Max Krohn, Keybase.io Co-Founder and CEO. “We were able to leverage their platform to work quickly to get this deal done on a condensed timeline with excellent results.” 

Latham & Watkins LLP represents Keybase in the transaction with a corporate team led by Boston partners John Chory and Daniel Hoffman, with Chicago associate Jana Kovich and Boston associates Elizabeth Mims Slawsby, Peter Prial, Martha Anderson and Patricia Amselem Bensadon. Advice was also provided on tax matters by Los Angeles partner Samuel Weiner, with Boston associate Joseph Curran; on benefits and compensation matters by Washington, D.C. partner Matthew Conway, with Chicago counsel Sandhya Chandrasekhar and Washington, D.C. associate Kirk Porter; on intellectual property matters by Washington, D.C. counsel Kieran Dickinson, with associate Ryan Clore; on compliance matters by Washington, D.C. counsel Annie Froehlich; on information privacy and data security matters by Washington, D.C. counsel Marissa Boynton, with associate Jimmy Smith; and on employment matters by Chicago counsel Nineveh Alkhas.