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.
Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
San Francisco Office
555 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
1191 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
We have over 25 licensing/transaction attorneys devoted full-time to counseling, drafting, and negotiating technology transactions and often acting as "outsourced general counsel" for technology companies.
We have deep knowledge in analyzing the transactions that are critical to any technology company, including:
We conduct detailed due diligence investigations regarding IP ownership and related issues in connection with internal IP audits, offerings, mergers and acquisitions and strategic transactions.
We also have extensive experience with university and research institute licensing, representing numerous top-tier research organizations across the globe on patent and other IP licensing issues, as well as regular negotiation with OTTs on behalf of private company clients.
With extensive knowledge and deal experience, our licensing team is able to quickly identify and assess issues that are critical to the value of the businesses of technology companies.
Tailored to meet each client's unique transaction needs, our approach includes:
Our due diligence analysis is performed with a clear understanding of the business drivers in a deal—what target assets are most valuable; what synergies the acquirer expects to achieve.
Our firm's depth of experience in IP portfolio analysis and litigation—for a broad range of clients and technologies—gives us immediate familiarity with many of the IP portfolios that are asserted against target companies in numerous industries. Because of our IP expertise, client base and long history of working with technology innovators, we can often provide rapid insight into risk exposure early on in diligence.
Due diligence with integration in mind
Our deal focus extends well beyond price and terms. We use the due diligence process to identify and anticipate integration issues in a way that does not add cost or delay to the transaction. We capture information to provide a smooth knowledge transfer following the closing and we provide continuing support for an efficient and successful integration effort.
How we do it