Orrick Advises Four Tech Startups on Acquisitions by Amazon, Dropbox, Yahoo! and Adobe

June.05.2013

​In the first half of 2013, Orrick advised four technology startups on their acquisitions by Amazon, Dropbox, Yahoo! and Adobe, showcasing the combined and complementary strengths of the firm’s emerging companies practice and mergers and acquisitions practice. Orrick acts for the world's leading enterprise and social technology companies of which a selection of those originate from our more than 1,200 emerging company clients.

In April 2013, Orrick represented Goodreads, a world-leading book sharing site with more than 16 million members, in its acquisition by Amazon.  As a result of the transaction, Amazon will benefit from a much deeper social media connection to complement its Kindle e-reader community and a number of other valuable consumer tools, including expanded book review archives.  The Orrick team included partners Harold Yu, Mark Seneca, Mitch Zuklie, Daniel Friedland, Steve Malvey, Christine McCarthy and Daniel Yost, of counsel Patricia Zeigler, associates Amanda Galton, Andrew Fong, Kimberly Loocke and Michael Yang, and paralegal Kathryn Montalvo.

In March 2013, Orrick represented Orchestra, Inc., in its acquisition by Dropbox. Founded in 2010, Orchestra is responsible for creating the Mailbox email application for mobile devices which allows users to access their email in a more streamlined, user-friendly and efficient way. Just one week after Mailbox's beta release, Orchestra had a waiting list of more than 700,000 consumers queuing up for access to the app. The Orrick team included partners Stephen Venuto, Mark Seneca, Christine McCarthy, Steve Malvey and Daniel Yost, of counsel Patricia Zeigler, and associates Joseph Perkins, Rob Poulsen and Michael Yang.

In January 2013, Orrick represented Snip.it, a social bookmarking service, on its acquisition by Yahoo! Founded in 2011, Snip.it allows users to clip content as they browse the Internet and add commentary before adding it to their personal collections. The Orrick team included partners Mark Seneca, Harold Yu and Steve Malvey, and associates Vivian Lo and Michael Yang.

In June 2013, Orrick advised Neolane, a privately held digital marketing company headquartered in Paris, France, on its $600 million all cash acquisition by Adobe Systems. Backed by French and U.S. venture capital firms, Neolane, which was named to Forbes’ 2013 America’s Most Promising Companies list, provides a platform through which companies can manage and automate their marketing across the Web, social media and mobile. Neolane’s customers include global companies such as Barnes & Noble Inc., Christian Dior SA, AXA Group, Inter Ikea Systems BV, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Sony Corp. The Paris- and U.S.-based Orrick team included partners John Bautista, Saam Golshani and Mark Seneca, of counsel Ben Cichostepski and associate Anna Leitchenko.