Fenwick & West Named Winner of AO Top Dealmaker Award 2008, Gordy Davidson and Mark Stevens Named Top Dealmaker Lawyers

December 8, 2008 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP, a leading technology and life sciences law firm, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious "Top Dealmaker" award for 2008 from AlwaysOn. Fenwick has again been named one of the "Top Corporate Law Firms" by AlwaysOn, making the list two years in a row. Fenwick was honored at the second annual Venture Summit Silicon Valley in Half Moon Bay, California on December 2, 2008.

AlwaysOn has also named Gordy Davidson and Mark Stevens as "Top Dealmaker Lawyers" in the world of technology finance.

Mr. Davidson is the Fenwick chair and corporate partner. He advises high technology companies, including networking, computer software and electronics companies, as well as clean technology and life sciences companies. Mr. Davidson's clients range from start-ups to Fortune 1000 companies and his representative clients include Cisco Systems, Shutterfly, Intuit, Dexcom and VeriSign.

Mr. Stevens is a corporate partner and represents companies, ranging from newly formed startup teams to mature public companies, venture capitalists and investment banks involved in the information technology and new media industries, with particular focus on complex transactions. Mr. Stevens has led teams handling merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions with total announced value well in excess of $20 billion. He has directed dozens of initial public offerings and hundreds of strategic alliance transactions, ranging from technology and distribution partnerships to multinational joint venture transactions. His representative clients include Electronic Arts, Coupons, Inc., Kosmix, Six Apart, and Vibrant Media.

AlwaysOn also included the biggest deals with the greatest impact in 2008 in the technology sector. Our client, ArcSight, was named one of the top five U.S. technology IPOs for 2008. Our representation of MySQL AB in their acquisition by Sun Microsystems was named the second largest technology M&A for private companies. We also represented Cognos as special tax counsel in their acquisition by IBM, which was named one of the top 10 technology M&A for public companies.

Every year, since 2007, AlwaysOn has honored movers and shakers in the technology finance area, offering a snapshot of the organizations driving today's technology IPO and M&A activity, what's happening in the market, and the people making it happen. The list covers a broad spectrum including law firms, corporate lawyers, angel investors, venture capitalists, private equity, investment bankers, corporate buyers, corporate VCs and institutional public investors.

The 2008 AO Top Dealmakers appears online at

About Fenwick & West

Established in the heart of Silicon Valley in 1972, Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to high technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The firm is ranked by Dow Jones as the fourth most active U.S. law firm in helping IT clients raise venture capital, by MergerMarket as one of the top five technology M&A practices in the U.S. and by Corporate Board Member as one of the top five corporate law firms in northern California for publicly traded companies.