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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:

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  • Ranked #1 in the Americas for number of technology deals in 2015 by Mergermarket
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers
  • Consistently ranked among the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for diversity
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Fenwick & West Represents LipoSonix in Acquisition by Medicis

June 17, 2008

Fenwick & West LLP represented Bothell, WA-based LipoSonix, Inc. in its recently announced acquisition by Medicis (NYSE: MRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focusing primarily on the treatment of dermatological and aesthetic conditions. LipoSonix has developed a non-invasive ultrasound technology designed to treat troublesome areas of fat that may not respond well to diet or exercise.

Under the terms of the transaction, Medicis will pay $150 million in cash for all of the outstanding shares of privately-held LipoSonix. In addition, Medicis will pay LipoSonix stockholders certain milestone payments up to an additional $150 million upon FDA approval of the LipoSonix technology and if various commercial milestones are achieved on a worldwide basis. 

The Fenwick & West transaction team included corporate attorneys Stephen Graham, David Michaels, Matt Forkner, Kristin O'Hanlon, Theresa Shaw and Andrew Albertson; licensing attorney Roger Tolbert; executive compensation and employee benefits attorneys Blake Martell and Nicholas Frey; and tax attorney Ron Schrotenboer; and corporate paralegal Ellen Welichko.


About Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The firm is ranked by MergerMarket as one of the top 5 technology M&A practices in the U.S. and by Mergerstat as one of the top 15 U.S. law firms for life sciences M&A.​​