Deal Lawyers Mostly Mum on HP's Ill-Fated Autonomy Acquisition

Hewlett-Packard is asking regulators in the U.S. and the U.K. to investigate financial improprieties involving British software company Autonomy, which HP acquired for $11.1 billion last year. A total of seven Am Law 100 and international firms advised the two companies on a merger that HP now claims will cost it $8.8 billion due to "accounting improprieties" and "outright misrepresentations" on the part of Autonomy. Perhaps not surprisingly, The Am Law Daily's calls to the lead in-house and external lawyers on the deal—the largest-ever in the legal technology sector—yielded mostly silence.

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