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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 >

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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
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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 >

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David W. Healy

Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions

Partner, Corporate

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David Healy is Co-Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of the law firm of Fenwick & West. In addition to advising technology companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnering transactions and spin-offs, Dave's practice also includes start-up and public company issues, venture capital financings, public offerings and licensing matters. From December 2011 to April 2012, Dave served as Interim General Counsel of Hewlett-Packard Company.

Dave has represented a wide range of public high-technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard Company, McKesson, VERITAS, Compuware, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Micron Electronics, Magma Design Automation, Cadence Design Systems, Exodus Communications and Opsware. Dave's clients have also included start-ups backed by numerous prominent VC firms, including Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia, Benchmark and NEA. Dave has negotiated sales of his clients to major companies such as HP, Oracle, Intel, Cadence, Globespan, ATI, EMC and Maxtor. Dave has also represented a number of VC firms, including Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, Norwest Venture Partners, Millennium Technology Value Partners, TA Associates and Globespan Capital.

Dave has had primary responsibility for business transactions ranging from $20 million to over $3 billion. Transactions include representing HP on its recent acquisition of Vertica Networks and its recent agreement to sell its Video Collaboration business unit to Polycom; McKesson’s recent acquisition of MedVentive; acquisitions and joint ventures for Sun Microsystems, Exodus' $2.1 billion acquisition of Global Crossing's Web hosting business; the sale of Opsware to HP in a $1.6 billion cash tender offer; a $2.5 billion offshore joint development and manufacturing agreement for Dell; VERITAS' $3.4 billion acquisition of Seagate's NSMG business; eBay’s sale of its Skype communications unit, in a deal valuing Skype at $2.75 billion, to an investor group that included Silver Lake and Andreessen Horowitz; the $875 million acquisition by Rational of Pure Atria; Compuware's $350 million tender offer for Data Processing Resources Corporation; the Intel-Mattel "Smart Toys" joint venture; a satellite joint venture for Lockheed; the $239 million Marimba-BMC merger; the $142 million sale of Jigsaw Data to Salesforce.com; the $130 million Micron-Interland merger; the $75 million Kana-Broadbase merger; acquisition work for Transforma Acquisition Group Inc. (a special-purpose acquisition entity); the $21 million sale of NetXen to QLogic; the sale of Hifn (NASDAQ: HIFN) to Exar; Silver Spring Networks' acquisition of Greenbox Technology; MKS Instruments’ sale of Ion Systems to Illinois Tool Works; and numerous other acquisitions by Magma Design Automation, Opsware, Neoforma, Exodus and Cadence Design Systems.

Dave has been a regular speaker on merger, joint venture, strategic partnering, technology, valuation and start-up issues and has served as Acting General Counsel to Cadence Design Systems. He has co-chaired the Thomson/West Legalworks Western M&A Forum for a number of years, and he conceived and moderated the ongoing Fenwick & West M&A Seminar Series (which has featured many prominent business executives and VCs, including Ray Lane of Kleiner Perkins and Oracle; Don Lucas, former chair of Oracle and Cadence; Ray Bingham, former CEO of Cadence and partner at General Atlantic; Ned Barnholt, former CEO of Agilent; Ram Shriram, founding director of Google; Mark Garrett, CFO of Adobe; and S. Atiq Raza, former president of AMD).

Dave clerked with the Supreme Court of California.

Publications

Divestitures: Typical Negotiated Issues, Nov. 2011

Recent M&A Trends & Developments, June 2011

Recent M&A Trends & Developments, Dec. 2009

"Top Ten" M&A Deal Insights From Leading CEOs, CFOs and VCs - M&A Seminar Series: Key Tips From All Eight Sessions

M&A Seminar Series [below are links to single sessions only]

M&A Development: Deal Process and Protections (Netsmart, Lear and Topps): Lessons On What Not To Do When Selling Your Company, Fenwick & West, September 24, 2007.

M&A Development: Emerging Communications—Court Finds Financially Sophisticated Director Personally Liable for $77 Million (In Re Emerging Communications), Fenwick & West Corporate and Securities Law Update, November 9, 2004.

M&A Development: Omnicare—Court Declares Certain Deal Protection Mechanisms Unenforceable (Omnicare v. NCS Healthcare), Fenwick & West Corporate Securities Law Update, May 16, 2003.

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