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For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.  MORE >

Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 in the heart of Silicon Valley—before “Silicon Valley” existed—by four visionary lawyers who left a top-tier New York law firm to pursue their shared belief that technology would revolutionize the business world and to pioneer the legal work for those technological innovations. In order to be most effective, they decided they needed to move to a location close to primary research and technology development. These four attorneys opened their first office in downtown Palo Alto, and Fenwick became one of the first technology law firms in the world.  MORE >

From our founding in 1972, Fenwick has been committed to promoting diversity and inclusion both within our firm and throughout the legal profession. For almost four decades, the firm has actively promoted an open and inclusive work environment and committed significant resources towards improving our diversity efforts at every level.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we are proud of our commitment to the community and to our culture of making a difference in the lives of individuals and organizations in the communities where we live and work. We recognize that providing legal services is not only an essential part of our professional responsibility, but also an excellent opportunity for our attorneys to gain valuable practical experience, learn new areas of the law and contribute to the community.  MORE >

Year after year, Fenwick & West is honored for excellence in the legal profession. Many of our attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields, and our Corporate, Tax, Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups consistently receive top national and international rankings, including:

  • Nearly 15 percent of Fenwick partners named America's Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and Chambers Global
  • Selected as a "Go-To" law firm by in-house legal departments at Fortune 500 companies in Corporate Counsel magazine
  • Named to The National Law Journal's inaugural "Intellectual Property Hot List" for outstanding patent, copyright, trademark and IP litigation services

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We take sustainability very seriously at Fenwick. Like many of our clients, we are adopting policies that reduce consumption and waste, and improve efficiency. By using technologies developed by a number of our cleantech clients, we are at the forefront of implementing sustainable policies and practices that minimize environmental impact. In fact, Fenwick has earned recognition in several areas as one of the top US law firms for implementing sustainable business practices.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we have a passion for excellence and innovation that mirrors our client base. Our firm is making revolutionary changes to the practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary technology tools and processes—allowing us to deliver best-in-class legal services more effectively.   MORE >

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EVENT DETAILS

Silicon Valley Corporate Law Update 2014: Start-Ups, Financings, IPOs, M&A

Why you should attend

Silicon Valley remains one of the most active deal markets in the world today. The broad array of fast-growing companies – from start-ups to major public companies, and the constantly evolving industry sectors – has long attracted top legal, investor and investment banking talent, and produced a wide variety of transactions ranging from seed and venture capital financings to some of the largest and most high-profile IPOs and M&A transactions in the world. We have assembled an “all-star” faculty of Valley insiders, who will share their valuable insights into this leading market, and explain how deals are done in the constantly changing technology world.

What you will learn

  • The experts explore new start-up company and founders’ stock structures, and the new world of start-up financing
  • Venture capital activity continues to climb – learn the latest on deal trends and documentation, and hear from the experts on counseling in tough transactions
  • What you need to know about the JOBS Act 2012, crowdfunding, corporate venturing, and secondary stock transactions
  • Get the latest on IPOs – new standards, dual-class common stock, and dual-track processes
  • Technology M&A critical issues: case law developments, stockholder activism, private equity involvement, and special venture-backed company sales considerations

Who should attend

The program is designed for in-house and outside attorneys who seek a practical overview of corporate finance, securities law, and M&A business and legal issues, with a particular focus on Silicon Valley.

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