Lucasfilm Advised in its US$4.05 Billion Acquisition by The Walt Disney Company

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October 30, 2012

The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction valued at US$4.05 billion. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Latham & Watkins LLP is advising Lucasfilm in the transaction with a corporate deal team led from the firm’s Silicon Valley (Menlo Park, CA) office by partners Christopher “Kit” Kaufman”, Tad Freese and Jamie Leigh, with associates Chad Rolston, Abtin Jalali and Charlotte Chang. Advice was also provided on intellectual property matters by partner Anthony Klein and associates Heather Bromfield, Lee Baker, Kathleen Cui and Isabel Chon in Silicon Valley; on real estate matters by partner David Shapiro and associate Jeffrey Anderson in Chicago; on employee benefits matters by associates James Metz and Ashley Wagner in Silicon Valley; on tax matters by partner David Raab and associate Matthew Dewitz in New York; on employment law matters by partner Linda Inscoe in San Francisco; on environmental matters by partner Karl Karg in Chicago; and on antitrust matters by partners Joshua Holian in San Francisco and Susanne Zuehlke in Brussels, with counsel Sydney Smith in Washington, D.C. and associate Tomas Nilsson in Brussels. Paralegal Brian Lewis in Silicon Valley supported the deal team.

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