COLUMBUS, GA--(Marketwire - Feb 19, 2013) - King & Spalding advised TSYS, a leading global payment solutions provider, in a definitive agreement to acquire NetSpend for $1.4 billion in cash. NetSpend is a leading provider of general purpose reloadable prepaid debit cards and related financial services to underbanked consumers in the United States.

The transaction is expected to close in mid-2013, subject to regulatory approvals, approval by NetSpend shareholders and customary closing conditions.

More information about the deal is available here.

The King & Spalding legal team involved in the transaction was led by M&A partners Bill Baxley and Spencer Johnson, and also consisted of the following lawyers:

Mergers and Acquisitions:
Rob Leclerc (senior associate, New York)
Sameer Asher (associate, Atlanta)
Hillary Miller (associate, Atlanta)
Gina von Sternberg (associate, Atlanta)
Clay Karwisch (associate, Atlanta)

Financing and Securities/SEC:
Chip Conrad (partner, Atlanta)
Keith Townsend (partner, Atlanta)
Laura Hewett (counsel, Atlanta)
Shane Dornburg (senior associate, Atlanta)
Carrie Ratliff (associate, Atlanta)

Employee Benefits and Labor:
Eleanor Banister (partner, Atlanta)
Sam Matchett (partner, Atlanta)
Cheryl Sabnis (partner, San Francisco)
Mark Kelly (counsel, Atlanta)
Donna Edwards (counsel, Atlanta)
Ryan Gorman (associate, Atlanta)

John Sweet (partner, New York)

Intellectual Property:
Scott Petty (partner, Atlanta)
Kyle Zeller (associate, New York)

Jeff Spigel (partner, Washington)
John Carroll (senior associate, Washington)
Kathleen Ball (associate, Washington)

Financial and Regulatory:
Scott Stengel (partner, Washington)
Jeff Telep (partner, Washington)
Jane Cohen (counsel, Washington)
Nick Hartigan (associate, Washington)

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