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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The Israel Practice of Fenwick & West provides corporate, intellectual property and tax advice to Israeli companies and entrepreneurs, as well as international and U.S. companies investing or doing business in Israel, with a focus on the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors.
Fenwick & West provides Israeli entrepreneurs and Israel-related companies with a broad range of services, through all stages of growth. We represent a wide range of Israeli technology clients from formation and initial funding through IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. We focus on cost-effective service, giving clients a single point of contact for all their legal needs. Our leading venture capital practice and long-standing relationships with the top members of the investment and technology industries in Silicon Valley enable us to provide strategic advice to our clients in connection with their fundraising and business alliances.
We regularly advise clients in the following areas:
We are well-versed with Israel's legal structure, political system and social environment. Through many years of advising Israeli clients and facilitating Israel-related transactions, we have gained extensive experience and understanding of the business and legal aspects of the Israeli technology market. We are aware of the similarities and differences between the U.S. and Israeli legal systems and business cultures. We have strong relationships with leading Israeli venture capital funds, law firms and other professionals that allow us to provide comprehensive legal and business solutions for U.S.-Israeli transactions. Our clients range from first-time Israeli entrepreneurs to Israeli public corporations, and include multinational corporations and investors that do business with Israeli companies.
Fenwick & West was recently ranked by MergerMarket as the #5 U.S. law firm for technology sector M&A in North America. In recent years, we have completed more than $200 billion worth of transactions, including many cross-border transactions involving Israeli companies. We have advised targets and acquirers in Israeli M&A transactions, including Cisco Systems in its numerous acquisitions and investments in Israeli companies, Shopping.com, Siliquent Technologies, Topio and Cyota.
Fenwick & West represents many leading venture capital and strategic investors; some of them are among the largest acquirers and investors in Israeli companies. We have represented Sequoia, Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed, USVP, BRM Capital and Azure Capital in their investments in Israeli companies. Our Venture Capital Services group serves as a point of contact with our entrepreneur and investors networks, facilitates introductions between companies and appropriate investors, and provides guidance to our emerging company clients on business models, fundraising strategy and development of investor materials. In addition, Fenwick & West produces Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel, a regular survey that analyzes the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies.
We advise Israeli companies across a wide range of industries, including software, life sciences, cleantech, semiconductors, telecommunications. Our Israeli clients range from emerging innovators to some of the most prominent technology companies in Israel.