Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Expands Corporate Practice with Addition of Partner William Choe to the Firm’s Palo Alto Office

1/11/2010

Palo Alto, CA (January 11, 2010) – Morrison & Foerster is pleased to announce that William W. Choe has joined the firm in its Palo Alto officeas a partner in the Corporate Practice. Mr. Choe specializes in corporate, securities, and M&A transactions.

Mr. Choe brings to the firm a well-rounded practice with strong emphasis on mergers and acquisitions of high technology firms, as well as a range of domestic and cross-border transactions for public and private companies.  He regularly represents angel and venture capital investors in private placements and Asian technology companies in various U.S. matters, including investments and transactions.  Mr. Choe is recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading Investment Funds: Venture Capital lawyers.

“Bill Choe is the total package for a Silicon Valley deal lawyer. His extensive corporate expertise and experience with multinational companies play to the firm’s strengths, making him a perfect fit,” said Robert Townsend, chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Group. “Bill will strengthen ties between our Silicon Valley and Asia practices in the cross-border M&A and capital-raising transactions that are at the heart of our practice.”

"The addition of Bill, along with other recent additions, is another significant step forward in the growth of our corporate practice in Silicon Valley, which continues to be a strategic priority for our firm," said Paul 'Chip' L. Lion III, chair of Morrison & Foerster's Palo Alto Corporate Group.

“Morrison & Foerster’s prominence in technology transactions coupled with its international platform, especially in Asia, are an ideal setting for the continued growth of my practice,” Mr. Choe said.  “The firm has a full-service corporate practice which is highly attractive, as well as historic strength in IP and litigation.  I’m very pleased to be joining the firm, especially as we head into what will hopefully be a rebound year for dealmaking in 2010.”

Mr. Choe’s noteworthy lead representations include Agile Software in its $2.5-billion proposed acquisition by Ariba, Inc; Silicon Spice, Inc. in its $1.2-billion acquisition by Broadcom Corp; DataPath Systems in its acquisition by LSI Logic; Emagic Soft-und Hardware GmbH and Emagic USA in their joint acquisition by Apple Computer; Intraspect Software in its acquisition by Vignette Corp.; and Paymo, Inc. in its acquisition by Boku, Inc.

Mr. Choe arrives from the Palo Alto office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, where he has been a partner since joining that firm in 2003. He received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1991, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1988. He also earned an MBA from Columbia University in 1995.

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