Fenwick Elects Three New Partners

Mountain View, CA (October 27, 2017) – Fenwick & West today announced the election of three lawyers to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018.

The new equity partners are Scott Behar, Sheeva Ghassemi-Vanni and Faisal Rashid. Corporate lawyers Behar and Rashid are based in San Francisco, while employment lawyer Ghassemi-Vanni is based in Mountain View.

“Our new partners are not only accomplished practitioners, they are also inspiring leaders and mentors at Fenwick and in the larger community,” Fenwick chair Richard Dickson said. “Their commitment to our clients and our firm positions us for continued success as we serve some of the world’s most innovative companies.”

Scott Behar represents public and private companies in connection with a variety of U.S. and cross-border transactions, including mergers, investments, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, particularly in the technology space. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the State Bars of California and New York.

Sheeva Ghassemi-Vanni advises startups, private companies and established public companies on a variety of labor and employment issues including non-competition and employee mobility; hiring, performance management, and termination; leaves of absence and accommodation; harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; and wage and hour matters. She also represents clients in litigation related to these areas. In addition, Sheeva advises companies regarding labor and employment issues arising in mergers and acquisitions. She was named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list of standout professionals in 2016. Sheeva earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and B.A. from San Jose State University, and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Faisal Rashid provides strategic counseling to early, mid and late-stage private companies across a variety of sectors, advising his clients on day-to-day corporate matters as well assisting clients in negotiating and managing financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. He also provides ongoing advice to his clients on general corporate compliance, SEC reporting and governance issues. Faisal received his J.D. from Yale Law School and B.A. from Stanford University, and is a member of the State Bar of California.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West LLP provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies—at every stage of their lifecycle—and the investors that partner with them. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For more information, please visit fenwick.com.​​​​​​​