Microsoft Corporation’s $7.5 Billion Acquisition Of ZeniMax Media

Perkins Coie LLP advised Microsoft Corporation on the deal.

Microsoft Corporation announced its $7.5 billion acquisition of interactive gaming company ZeniMax Media, Inc. The transaction is expected to close in early 2021 following regulatory approvals.

ZeniMax Media, the parent company of several of the most iconic game studios including Bethesda Softworks, id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames, and Alpha Dog Games, is one of the world’s largest, privately held game developers and publishers. The deal will see Microsoft’s Xbox division take ownership of Bethesda Softworks’ best-selling gaming franchises, including The Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Fallout, among others.

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, sells, and supports software products. The Company offers operating system software, server application software, business and consumer applications software, software development tools, and Internet and intranet software. Microsoft also develops video game consoles and digital music entertainment devices.

The Perkins Coie team is led by Seattle partner Kirk Soderquist (Picture) and Chicago partner Gilbert Villaflor, and also includes partners Don Karl and Nicole Dunham, associates Stefan Blum, Samuel Boro, Shelina Kurwa, Nickolas Lundgren, Martin Howard, Lisa Manrique, Megan Von Borstel, D. Sean West, and Christopher Wieman, and senior paralegal Colin MacGregor.

Involved fees earner: Stefan Blum – Perkins Coie; Samuel Boro – Perkins Coie; Nicole Dunham – Perkins Coie; Martin Howard – Perkins Coie; Donald Karl – Perkins Coie; Shelina Kurwa – Perkins Coie; Nick Lundgren – Perkins Coie; Lisa Manrique – Perkins Coie; Kirk Soderquist – Perkins Coie; Gilbert Villaflor – Perkins Coie; Megan Von Borstel – Perkins Coie; Sean West – Perkins Coie; Christopher Wieman – Perkins Coie;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti