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Automattic Enters Agreement to Acquire Tumblr From Verizon

San Francisco – August 12, 2019 – Cooley advised Automattic, the parent company of online publishing platform WordPress, on its agreement to acquire Tumblr from Verizon. Lawyers Jamie Leigh, Matthew Bartus and Ian Nussbaum led the Cooley team advising Automattic on the acquisition.

“Tumblr is one of the web’s most iconic brands,” said Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic, in a news release. “It is an essential venue to share new ideas, cultures and experiences, helping millions create and build communities around their shared interests. We are excited to add it to our lineup, which already includes WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads and more.”

Automattic believes in making the web a better place, with the goal of democratizing publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language or where they live in the world.

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Related Contacts
Jamie Leigh  Partner San Francisco
Ian A. Nussbaum  Partner New York
Matthew Bartus  Partner San Francisco, Singapore, Palo Alto
Charles Haley  Partner Palo Alto
Bryan Berman  Associate Colorado
Barbara Mirza  Partner Los Angeles, Palo Alto
Austin Holt  Associate Los Angeles
Wendy Brenner  Partner Palo Alto, Los Angeles
Ross Eberly  Partner Los Angeles
Daniel Lac  Associate San Diego
Buff Miller  Senior Counsel Palo Alto
Amanda Pacheco  Associate Palo Alto
Jacqueline Grise  Partner Washington, DC
David Burns  Special Counsel Washington, DC