Cleary and Wachtell lead on Google’s $12.5bn Motorola Mobility acquisition

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Dewey & LeBoeuf snatched lead advisory roles in Google’s $12.5bn (£7.7bn) acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Cleary Gottlieb corporate partner Ethan Klingsberg in New York is leading the deal for Google, aided by Washington DC partner David Gelfand, who is heading the antitrust team on the transaction.

They are overseeing a raft of IP, regulatory, tax, employment and other partners and associates in a number of jurisdictions. The team includes competition partner Maurits Dolmans, who splits his time between London and Brussels.

Cleary has previously advised Google on deals including its $750m (£460m) acquisition of AdMob in 2009.

Denise Cerasani in New York was the lead partner for Dewey & LeBoeuf, acting for Lazard Frères, Google’s financial adviser.

Wachtell corporate partner David Karp and antitrust partner Damian Didden are acting for Motorola Mobility on the deal, widely described as Google’s boldest acquisition to date.

Wachtell advised Motorola on the split of its mobile devices division and its business and networking operations arm, which went live earlier this year.