April 3, 2000

Alston & Bird Leads "Barbarians on the Net 2: Web & Technology Buyouts and M&A" Conference

Panel Discussions to Focus on “Large Company Technology Alliances and Cross Equity Investment” and “Using Structure to Win the Deal: Innovative Structuring Techniques” In 1999, Web mergers climbed to a total of $47 billion, more than seven times the amount spent in 1998. That figure is expected to soar to $250 billion by the end of 2000. The number of mergers and acquisitions on the Web is growing at a unprecedented pace, and so is the complexity of the new transactions, innovations, and strategies that accompany these deals. On the heels of the tremendously successful New York conference this past January comes "Barbarians on the Net 2: Web & Technology Buyouts and M&A," which will present a variety of tactics for capitalizing on the present deal boom. Scheduled for May 4th and 5th, 2000 at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco, the conference will focus on valuations, trends, exit strategies, deal sourcing, emerging sectors, and investors in Web and technology buyouts and M&A. Participating at the conference are industry leaders such as Prudential Securities, Webmergers.com, Credit Suisse First Boston, and AT&T. Alston & Bird LLP will sponsor the industry event, and
James A. Harvey and David E. Brown, Jr., partners in the Atlanta and Washington, D.C. offices of the Firm, will be participants. At the conference, Mr. Harvey will moderate a panel on “Large Company Technology Alliances and Cross Equity Investment,” which will discuss the following topics: "Gaining access to strategic technology through partnering arrangements," "Tapping into new markets through cross-marketing and co-branding arrangements," and "Capturing equity value through cross investments." Mr. Brown will participate on a panel entitled “Using Structure to Win the Deal: Innovative Structuring Techniques,” helping conference attendees: (1)Determine the implication taxes have on Web-based companies, (2)Develop innovative techniques that will facilitate the deal, and (3)Discover the pitfalls of structuring a deal within Web-based companies. James A. Harvey, a partner in Alston & Bird’s Technology and Internet and E-Business Practice Group in the Firm’s Atlanta office, concentrates his practice on technology, electronic commerce and Internet-related transactions and advice. Mr. Harvey represents clients engaged in all types of technology-related endeavors, including acquisition and development of intangible infrastructure, interactive and other new media undertakings and a broad range of e-commerce activities. David E. Brown, Jr. is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Technology, Financial Services and Internet and E-Business Practice Groups in Washington, D.C. Mr. Brown's practice focuses on electronic commerce, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and capital formation transactions, with emphasis on the technology, telecommunications and financial services industries and emerging growth companies. Mr. Brown is a frequent speaker on topics related to electronic commerce, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and securities regulation, and is widely published on a wide variety of topics, including strategic alliances and M&A. Alston & Bird's Technology and Internet and E-Business Practice Groups consist of corporate, antitrust, intellectual property, regulatory and litigation lawyers who focus on the legal challenges and opportunities facing high-tech, telecommunications and new media businesses. The group's representations include developers and suppliers of computer software, hardware and services; cellular, paging and personal communications service providers; cable and broadcast interests; biotechnology enterprises; venture capitalists; and companies engaged in major acquisitions or outsourcings of technology-related systems and services. The Firm’s Financial Services Group provides the key strategic, corporate and regulatory services required by banks, insurance companies and securities firms in this complex legal area. Alston & Bird LLP is consistently ranked near the top of all law firms in financial services mergers and acquisitions, having been involved in over 300 transactions since 1981 with an aggregate deal value of over $50 billion. Alston & Bird advises some of the largest and most sophisticated financial institutions on difficult regulatory, legislative and corporate matters. A key component of the group's expertise is the delivery of products and services over the Internet and through the use of new technologies. Alston & Bird has built one of the largest intellectual property and technology practices in the nation and the largest in the Southeast. With more than 100 intellectual property and technology attorneys, the Firm has made a long-term commitment to the ongoing development of its technology and intellectual property capabilities. Recognized for this commitment in 1998, Alston & Bird tied for first place in The American Lawyer’s AMLAW TECH magazine’s annual ranking of 100 major law firms based on their “technology prowess.”
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