Hogan Lovells Advises IBM In Acquisition of Red Hat, Inc.

Washington D.C. and London, 9 July 2019 – Hogan Lovells advised International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) as antitrust counsel in its US$34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software provider that builds technologies on open source platforms such as Linux and Kubernetes. The transaction closed on July 9.

Together, IBM and Red Hat will accelerate innovation by offering a next-generation open hybrid multicloud platform that will enable enterprises to maximize the value of the cloud.  Red Hat will continue to exist as a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM. More information about the acquisition can be found here.

Our international team worked together to secure the necessary regulatory approvals of this complicated transaction around the world, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union, to ensure the success of this deal.

The Hogan Lovells EU and ROW team consisted of senior advisor and foreign legal consultant Rachel Brandenburger in New York, as well as London-based partner Ciara Kennedy-Loest, counsel Paul Castlo, senior associate John Embleton and associates Zoe Bartlett, Joshua Esam, and Sophie Vriezen. The EU team also included partner Falk Schoening, counsel May Lyn Yuen, and associate Philip Heuser in Brussels.

The Hogan Lovells U.S. team included partners Logan Breed, Janet McDavid, and Edith Ramirez in Washington, D.C. The team also included senior counsel David Walsh in Boston, senior associates Robert Baldwin, Lauren Battaglia and Zuzanna Knypinski, and associates Olga Fleysh, Suparna Reddy, and law clerk Daniel Landesberg in D.C.

Partner Lesley Morphet in South Africa also advised on the deal.

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