Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that it is advising client SPSS regarding a proposed acquisition of the company by IBM for approximately $1.2 billion. The acquisition is subject to SPSS shareholder approval, applicable regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions. It is expected to close later in the second half of 2009.

See for the IBM and SPSS press release on the transaction.

Mayer Brown corporate partners Fritz Thomas and Bill Kucera led the team of Mayer Brown attorneys advising SPSS. Other members of the team included corporate partner David Schuette and corporate associate Ryan Lawrence; benefits partner Debbie Hoffman; intellectual property partner Debbie Ruff; global trade partner Simeon Kriesburg, competition law partners Scott Perlman, Adrian Steel and Peter Schmidt;  and litigation partner Bob Kriss