Microsoft’s Acquisition of Suplari

Fenwick advised Suplari on the deal while Perkins Coie represented Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft has acquired Suplari, a Seattle startup that uses artificial intelligence to help companies understand and get a handle on their spending.

Founded in 2016, Suplari analyzes procurement and spending data flowing into various enterprise systems. It can provide recommendations for cost savings, risk exposure, and other efficiency gaps. The software serves as an alternative to compiling data in an app such as Excel or Tableau and having a team of analysts comb through the information themselves. Suplari manages more than $180 billion in spend across millions of transactions per month.

The acquisition will further empower Microsoft to help customers turn data into actionable insight.

Fenwick has served as outside counsel to Suplari since 2016, led by corporate partner Alan Smith (Picture). The Fenwick transaction team was led by corporate partner Alan Smith, counsel Kee Bong Kim and associates Ryan McRobert and Sawyer Li; executive compensation and employee benefits partner Nancy Chen and associate Cynthia Yuan; technology transactions partner Joseph Schenck, associate Mona Fang and advisor Sandra Weustink; privacy and cybersecurity counsel Helen Christakos; and tax partner William Skinner.

The Perkins Coie deal team was led by Seattle partner Nick Davis and counsel Michelle Han and included associates Katie Rosati and Katherine Joseph. Advice was also provided by employee benefits partner Tom Cristy and associate Tomer Vandsburger; employment partner Julie Lucht and counsel Stephanie Holstein; executive compensation senior counsel Iveth Durbin; privacy counsel Arsen Kourinian and associates Brendan Sasso and Andrea Traut; technology transactions partner Justin Moon, counsel Ali Mirsaidi and associates Elle Davis, Perry Li and Jason LeBlanc; and tax partner Carl Crow and associate Alice Townes.

Involved fees earner: Nancy Chen – Fenwick & West LLP; Helen Christakos – Fenwick & West LLP; Mona Fang – Fenwick & West LLP; Kee Bong Kim – Fenwick & West LLP; Sawyer Li – Fenwick & West LLP; Ryan McRobert – Fenwick & West LLP; Joseph Schenck – Fenwick & West LLP; William Skinner – Fenwick & West LLP; Alan Smith – Fenwick & West LLP; Cynthia Yuan – Fenwick & West LLP; Thomas Cristy – Perkins Coie; Carl Crow – Perkins Coie; Nicholas Davis – Perkins Coie; Elle Davis – Perkins Coie; Iveth Durbin – Perkins Coie; Michelle Han – Perkins Coie; Stephanie Holstein – Perkins Coie; Katherine Joseph – Perkins Coie; Arsen Kourinian – Perkins Coie; Peng Lai Li – Perkins Coie; Jason LeBlanc – Perkins Coie; Julie Lucht – Perkins Coie; Ali Mirsaidi – Perkins Coie; Justin Moon – Perkins Coie; Katherine Rosati – Perkins Coie; Brendan Sasso – Perkins Coie; Alice Townes – Perkins Coie; Andrea Traut – Perkins Coie; Tomer Vandsburger – Perkins Coie;

Law Firms: Fenwick & West LLP; Perkins Coie;

Clients: Microsoft; Suplari;

Author: Martina Bellini