Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents Vista Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm focused on investments in software, data and technology-enabled businesses, which announced today it will acquire Marketo, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKTO), the leading provider of engagement marketing software and solutions, in a transaction valued at approximately $1.79 billion. Marketo shareholders will receive $35.25 in cash per share, representing a 64 percent premium to the unaffected closing price as of May 9, 2016. More information on the transaction is available here.
The Kirkland team is led by corporate partners Sarkis Jebejian, Joshua Zachariah and Stuart Casillas. Other advisors on the deal include: Morgan Stanley as financial advisor to Marketo, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as legal advisor to Marketo.