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Smith Moore Leatherwood Facilitates Major M&A Deal

Smith Moore Leatherwood Facilitates Major M&A Deal

Complex transaction culminates in successful tender offer and merger

January 9, 2013

Greenville, S.C.  — Computer Software Innovations, Inc., a formerly publicly traded software and technology company headquartered in Easley, S.C., was recently acquired by a subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc., a public Canadian corporation.

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP served as legal counsel to Computer Software Innovations in the $16 million transaction. Bill Pitman, David Hodge, Amber Duncan, Henry Gallivan, Richard Few, John Walker, Barbara Ruby, Frank Williams, Peter Rutledge, Tom Epting, Erika Newsom and Michael Hickerson of Smith Moore Leatherwood represented the selling company in the completion of a two-step merger – a tender offer to acquire a majority of Computer Software Innovation's shares followed by a merger in which Constellation obtained the remaining shares.

"The complexity of the two-step process was unlike what I've seen typically transpire in the state of South Carolina," said Bill Pitman, a partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greenville office who acted as lead counsel on the deal. "I am proud of our legal team for deftly guiding our client through many cutting edge legal issues, such as the potential hostile takeover of the company or ‘bear hug' by Constellation Software. We believe the proactive ‘poison pill' defense implemented by Computer Software Innovations significantly contributed to the company's shareholders receiving enhanced value for their shares."

Smith Moore Leatherwood's Mergers and Acquisitions Team has extensive experience in transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity.  Having represented and assisted publicly held and private clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, sales, divestitures, spin-offs, corporate restructurings, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and strategic alliances, the team is skilled in planning, structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing transactions.

The firm's business lawyers coordinate sophisticated transactions with other attorneys throughout the firm who are experienced in other areas of the law, including antitrust, finance, employee benefits, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, securities, bank regulation and tax law.  The attorneys also work closely with a client's other advisors, including accounting firms and investment advisors.

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