We handle a high volume of mergers & acquisitions for software companies
We have one of the most active and highly ranked M&A practices in the nation and have represented software companies in hundreds buy-side or sell-side acquisitions. We have acted as counsel in many of the most important software mergers, including Macromedia’s $3.4 billion merger with Adobe Systems; VERITAS’ $3.4 billion acquisition of Seagate Software; Opsware’s $1.6 billion acquisition by Hewlett-Packard; MySQL’s $1billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems; and Intuit’s $1.35 billion acquisition of Digital Insight.
We are one of the first law firms in the world to address Open Source issues
As a Silicon Valley-based firm with a significant market share of software companies, we were one of the first law firms in the world to confront Open Source issues. More than five decades later, our attorneys have acquired vast experience in guiding clients of all sizes—from Open Source start-ups to Fortune 500 companies—on navigating the complex issues of Open Source and IP ownership.
What You Can Expect With Fenwick on Your Team
A group of top legal, technical and scientific minds that understands your business
Many of our attorneys have backgrounds in programming, computer science, electrical engineering or business that enables us to provide software companies with practical and sound representation. This combined legal and technical expertise means we will provide you with advice that is efficient, relevant and in consideration of your unique business environment.
A collaborative and integrated approach to service
Our culture promotes cross-practice collaboration, so whether your needs involve mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, litigation, tax, licensing, antitrust or benefits, our attorneys are committed to working together to make available to you all the necessary resources to address any legal issue.
Access to our extensive network of investors
We offer a systemized approach to connecting our software clients with the appropriate investors based on stage of development, technology and amount/stage of investment. We represent privately-funded software companies at all stages of development, from those seeking seed or angel financing to more established companies seeking late-stage funding.
A strategic partner to help you protect your intellectual property at every stage of development
Fenwick has been working with rapidly growing companies at the forefront of innovation for more than five decades and we will work diligently to enforce and defend all of your intellectual property rights.
An unwavering commitment to service
At Fenwick, we pride ourselves on delivering best-in-class legal services in a highly efficient and effective manner to companies of all sizes. Continually ranked as one of the top U.S. law firms for client service, we have numerous mechanisms for receiving and acting on client feedback to improve client service. Whether you are an industry leader or an emerging company, you deserve—and will receive—the same attention to detail, efficiency, cost-containment and personal attention for which we have become known.