Mountain View, CA (February 9, 2018) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that Law360 has recognized the firm as a Technology Group of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.
Fenwick’s technology work in 2017—including significant M&A and investment deals and a precedent-setting litigation win—helped the firm earn the honor again this year, according to Law360. The publication also praised Fenwick’s strong intellectual property focus.
Law360 highlighted Fenwick’s lead role in key Cisco transactions over the past year, including its $3.7 billion acquisition of intelligence software company AppDynamics and $1.9 billion acquisition of cloud calling and contact solutions leader BroadSoft. Fenwick also represented Symantec and Facebook in multiple 2017 acquisitions and divestitures.
“Fenwick continues to be at the forefront of emerging technology,” Law360 wrote, citing the firm’s work on the $107 million R3 capital investment, in which Fenwick represented the largest consortium of global financial institutions collaborating on distributed ledger technology (DLT).
The publication also pointed to Fenwick’s successful patent litigation outcome in In re Cray Inc., a landmark Federal Circuit decision that set forth the standard for determining what constitutes a “regular and established place of business” under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). This precedential opinion established the standard that will control most venue determinations in patent cases going forward and limits abusive forum shopping.
“It's the industry expertise and the business counseling that we think sets us apart. We continue to be really focused on technology and life sciences, and we have a strong philosophy on investing in strengths,” Fenwick managing partner Rodger Cole said. “To serve our clients’ ever-growing needs, we’re also continuing to invest in top lateral talent.”
Leading tech companies repeatedly turn to Fenwick for M&A representation for several reasons, Fenwick M&A co-chair Doug Cogen told Law360.
Cogen noted the team’s emphasis on process improvement, its intellectual property capability and its depth of experience with technology M&A, particularly in rapidly evolving areas such as blockchain, autonomous vehicles and the sharing economy. Clients turn to Fenwick for industry expertise that “comes out of being steeped in the Silicon Valley mindset,” he mentioned.
Cole said that Fenwick’s New York office—which opened in 2016 to better serve existing clients in the area and address growing client demand among the region’s technology, life sciences and investment communities—has become very strong in a short period of time. He also highlighted Fenwick’s growing privacy and cybersecurity practice, which offers an integrated approach to privacy and cyber counseling, design and implementation, and emerging technology areas such as technology convergence, payment systems and autonomous transportation.
To view Fenwick’s full Technology Group of the Year profile, visit Law360 (subscription required).
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