500friends Acquired by Merkle

Palo Alto – November 26, 2014 – Cooley is advising 500friends in its acquisition by Merkle. 500friends is a cloud-based omnichannel loyalty solution provider. Merkle is a technology-enabled, data-driven customer relationship marketing firm and the nation's largest privately-held agency. The acquisition is the first in the customer loyalty space for Merkle.

The Cooley team advising 500friends is led by partner Matt Bartus, and includes associates Josh Seidenfeld and Peter Mandel. Support for the transaction was provided by partner Mark Windfeld-Hansen and associate Jonathan Rivinus (tax); partner Renee Deming and associate Justin Ho (compensation and benefits); partner Wendy Brenner (employment and labor); and special counsel Charles Haley (technology transactions).

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Wendy Brenner Partner, Palo Alto
Renee Deming Retired Partner, Palo Alto
Mark Windfeld-Hansen Partner, Palo Alto
Josh Seidenfeld Partner, Palo Alto
Jonathan Rivinus Associate, Colorado
Charles Haley Partner, San Diego
Peter Mandel Associate, San Francisco