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About our Corporate Practice

The Corporate Group provides services to technology and life sciences companies at all stages of development, from early startups to mature, publicly traded corporations. Fenwick & West's superior depth of knowledge in the technology and business of our clients makes a measurable difference in the success of our clients.

We have been ranked by:

  • Chambers USA as first tier nationally for startups and emerging companies work as well as recognized nationally for M&A and corporate work and in California for venture capital (2018)
  • The Legal 500 in the highest tier nationally for technology transactions, as well as venture capital and emerging companies work. Also honored among the United States’ leading firms for M&A and capital markets (2018)
  • Pitchbook as the world’s fourth most active venture capital law firm according to their Global League Tables (2018)
  • Global M&A Network as Technology M&A Firm of the Year for the fourth consecutive year (2018)
  • U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 law firm nationally for venture capital and securities/capital markets in the “Best Law Firms” guide (2018)
  • Law360 as Technology Group of the Year for the fifth consecutive year and Top 5 Issuer Legal Counsel for PIPEs of at least $1 million (2017)
  • Global M&A Network with the Global Tech Deal of the Year for representation of Cisco in its $3.7B acquisition of AppDynamics (2018), Technology Deal of the Year for representation of Facebook in its $19B acquisition of WhatsApp (2015), and the Global M&A Deal of the Year for representation of Facebook in its $1B acquisition of Instagram (2013), among others
  • American Lawyer Media as a “Go-To Shop for Silicon Valley IPOs” (2013). Also recognized as a go-to law firm for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of corporate transactions and securities (2012)

Representing the world’s most innovative companies in venture financings, private equity transactions, securities offerings and M&A deals, our practice offers:

  • Integrated deal teams tackling complex corporate, intellectual property, antitrust, tax and employee benefits issues
  • Expertise in complex and creative financing transactions including convertible debt, syndicated loan transactions, high-yield debt, PIPES and shelf takedown offerings
  • A robust connection to top-tier venture capital firms and VC-backed startup companies
  • Better understanding of key technology and business drivers in securities filings
  • Deeper due diligence in merger and acquisitions transactions to assess risks and facilitate post-deal integration
  • More focused due diligence in securities offerings and venture capital financings