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8. Pawan Tewari and Team / Goldman Sachs

Jun 18, 2014 - Institutional Investor

Pawan Tewari is not known as "Bid-'em-up Pawan," but that's what he did in advising 3Com Corp. on its $3.2 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard Co. The Goldman Sachs technology banker, with George Lee, Ryan Limaye and Colin Ryan, helped push HP to boost its offer three times in less than three months. The final bid of $7.90 per share was 53 percent more than the upper estimate of HP's initial $5.15 offer. For that, Tewari and his team won $41 million in fees, according to securities filings.

Tewari's group achieved such stellar value creation for 3Com as a result of its deep understanding of the Marlborough, Massachusetts--based networking provider's businesses. Based in San Francisco, Tewari has been a key adviser to 3Com for more than a decade. His team counseled the company on its acquisition of U.S. Robotics Corp. in 1996 and its spin-off of Palm in 1...