Arista Networks’ Acquisition of Big Switch Networks


Fenwick & West represented Big Switch Networks in the transaction.

Arista Networks (NYSE: ANET), a leader in cloud networking, executed the acquisition of Big Switch Networks, a network monitoring and SDN (Software Defined Networking) pioneer.

Arista Networks provides a complete and visionary cloud networking suite, with rich capabilities in all critical areas of the campus, data center and public cloud. The acquisition of Big Switch will further strengthen Arista’s network monitoring and observability suite.

Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, Big Switch Networks is the Cloud-First Networking company, bringing public cloud-style networking and hybrid cloud consistency to organizations around the world. The company provides data center switching, visibility and analytics solutions for on-premises clouds, public clouds and multi-cloud environments that enable companies of all sizes to increase operational efficiency and business agility, while reducing networking costs.

The Fenwick transaction team included corporate partners Mark Stevens (Picture) and Kris Withrow and associates Patrick Grilli, Sean Ahn, Nikhil Sharma, Samuel Fleuter, Han Ko and Jamal Johnson, and law clerk Elijah Porter; executive compensation and employee benefits partner Marshall Mort and associates Ariel Gaknoki and Jonathan Stephenson; employment practices counsel Anna Suh; technology transactions partner Ralph Pais and associates Joseph Schenck, Anna Mathai, Brandon Cheung and Troy Sanders; and tax partner William Skinner and associate Sean McElroy.

Involved fees earner: Sean Ahn – Fenwick & West LLP; Brandon Cheung – Fenwick & West LLP; Samuel Fleuter – Fenwick & West LLP; Ariel Gaknoki – Fenwick & West LLP; Patrick Grilli – Fenwick & West LLP; Jamal Johnson – Fenwick & West LLP; Han Ko – Fenwick & West LLP; Anna Mathai – Fenwick & West LLP; Sean McElroy – Fenwick & West LLP; Marshall Mort – Fenwick & West LLP; Ralph Pais – Fenwick & West LLP; Troy Sanders – Fenwick & West LLP; Joseph Schenck – Fenwick & West LLP; Nikhil Sharma – Fenwick & West LLP; William Skinner – Fenwick & West LLP; Jonathan Stephenson – Fenwick & West LLP; Mark Stevens – Fenwick & West LLP; Anna Suh – Fenwick & West LLP; Kris Withrow – Fenwick & West LLP;

Law Firms: Fenwick & West LLP;

Clients: Big Switch Networks, Inc.;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti