For more than four decades, Fenwick & West 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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Fenwick & West LLP represented Opsware Inc. (NASDAQ: OPSW) in its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) through a cash tender offer for $14.25 per share, or an enterprise value (net of existing cash and debt) of approximately $1.6 billion on a fully diluted basis. Opsware, based in Sunnyvale, CA, is a provider of data center automation software products for enterprises, government agencies and service providers seeking to reduce the cost and improve the quality of their data center operations.
More information about the transaction can be obtained from the HP Web site.
The Fenwick & West transaction team included corporate attorneys Gordy Davidson, David Healy, Lynda Twomey, Brian Hicks, Mariana Antcheva and Bisi Akinola; corporate/securities attorneys Michael Brown, Greg Roussel and Robert Freedman; executive compensation and employee benefits attorneys Scott Spector, Blake Martell, Mona Clee, Tahir Naim and Elizabeth Gartland; technology transactions attorneys Lisa Kenkel, Chris Joslyn, Pierre Keeley, Christa Gaines and Robin Schulman; antitrust attorney Mark Ostrau; tax attorneys Ron Schrotenboer and Tim Fitzgibbon; and litigation attorneys Emmett Stanton, Susan Muck, Laurence Pulgram, Michael Sands and Rachael Samberg.
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The firm is ranked by MergerMarket as one of the top 5 technology M&A practices in the U.S. and by Corporate Board Member as one of the top 5 corporate law firms in northern California for publicly traded companies.