Weil Gotshal Advises On Acquisition

Thursday, April 1, 2004 - 01:00

Weil Gotshal advised privately-held Interactive Search Holdings, Inc. in its agreement, announced last month, to be acquired by Ask Jeeves, Inc. The deal was led by Weil Gotshal's Silicon Valley office, in collaboration with the firm's New York and Washington, D.C. offices.

"The synergy between the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups in New York and Silicon Valley, combined with our expertise in the technology and media sectors, were key to our participation in this transaction," said Howard Chatzinoff, Weil Gotshal's co-lead partner on the deal.

Richard Millard, the Weil Gotshal partner who led the firm's Silicon Valley team, added, "With our client based in New York and the negotiations in the Bay Area, our ability to function seamlessly on both coasts was critical."

Interactive Search, whose properties and subsidiaries include My Way, My Search, My Web Search, iWon, Excite and MaxOnline, is one of the largest online search and media companies in the world. Ask Jeeves is a provider of Web-wide search, providing consumers with authoritative and fast ways to find relevant information to their everyday searches.

Others on the Weil Gotshal team included partner Helyn S. Goldstein (Tax - New York), counsel John M. Sipple (Regulatory - Washington, DC), and associates Kyle C. Krpata, Nadine Matta and Ryan Gallagher (Corporate - Silicon Valley), Michael R. Hoernlein (Tax - New York), and Dale G. Nissenbaum (Intellectual Property - New York).