18 November 2008 – Leading international law firm Mayer Brown has advised Fujitsu Limited on its acquisition of Siemens AG's 50% shareholding in their joint venture Fujitsu Siemens Computers in a deal worth approximately €450 million.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers was formed in 1999 as a 50-50 Dutch based joint venture. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, it has since established a leading position in the EMEA market in the server, PC, and data storage fields.

With approximately 160,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Nikkei 225 listed Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions around the world.

Jeff Gordon, Corporate partner at Mayer Brown, London,
said: “Fujitsu always puts an impressive, high calibre team of motivated, intelligent people onto its M&A deals and, again, it has been a pleasure for all on the Mayer Brown team to work closely with them on such a strategically important acquisition for Fujitsu in Europe which perfectly compliments their global growth strategy. It is very satisfying that the coordinated efforts of our UK, US and German offices allowed us to provide the necessary legal support for Fujitsu exactly where it was needed most.”

Richard Christou, Corporate First Senior Vice President of Fujitsu Limited,
said: “Integrating Fujitsu Siemens Computers into the Fujitsu Group is an important step in our global growth strategy, and it was important for us to receive the right legal support on the transaction. The service we received from the Mayer Brown team was excellent; they co-ordinated the transaction efficiently across their offices and their understanding of Fujitsu's business and our objectives was clearly evidenced by the practicality and relevance of their advice. They are a pleasure to work with.”

The Mayer Brown team leading the transaction included: in London, Jeff Gordon, Jonathan Crawford, Rob Garwell (Corporate); Laura Rodger (IP); Michael Cashman (Tax); Frances Murphy, Francesco Liberatore (Competition); and in Frankfurt Mark Walker and Christoph Broich (Corporate).

Charlotte Ward
PR Manager
Mayer Brown, London
+44 (0)20 7782 8547