Stefan, my team leader did the same thing when Cray wiped out the remainder of the EU software development base.
He contacted many of Cray's competitors offering our entire team in the chance we could still keep working together. A couple of nibbles but we all had jobs before folks like IBM woke up to the opportunity :-)
Of course, in thise days we had no problem finding jobs and out of ~30devs and ~8 management in the UK, I don't think anyone did not have a job before the notice period was up.
The funniest bit was the managers (mostly developers or ex-dev themselves) were sent to an 'executive retraining camp' to network with other ex-mungers. A bunch of "over the hill" (>40) MBA's all being told they were effectively unemployable by the consulatncy hired to retrain them. When half of our management told then 'network' they had new job offers in the first two weekly meetings I think the cionsultancy (and the rest of the network) knew they were not dealing with the normal MBA crud...
Also some of the "crusties" there began to realise that everything the retrainers were saying may not have been in ex-managers best interest.
 The retrainers had a pretty graph and losts of 'facts's showing that an MBA over 40 was unemployable and they should retrain for a new job.
p.s. I still have a photo collage of the old team hanging on my wall from ~15 years ago.