PrivCo Recognizes Fenwick for Tech M&A Leadership and Innovation

Mo​untain View, CA (April 25, 2016)– Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that PrivCo has named it the top law firm for private tech company mergers and acquisitions deals in 2015, according to its newest Private Tech Company M&A Report.

PrivCo’s report provides in-depth details on the 2015 private tech company M&A landscape, and its data-driven rankings place Fenwick first in the legal advisor category, up from last year’s second place ranking.

“Fenwick is privileged to work with some of the most successful and rapidly growing tech and life sciences companies in the world, and our growth reflects the phenomenal success of our clients and their increasing demand for our services,” said Doug Cogen, mergers and acquisitions co-chair and corporate partner at Fenwick.

“At the core, our strategy has been to focus intensely on tech and life sciences companies. Our attorneys bring a unique depth of understanding to every transaction and are sought out as strategic business advisers – as well as legal counsel – because of our thorough experience in these industries,” Cogen continued.

Fenwick has one of the premier technology M&A practices in the nation. The firm’s M&A group provides customized transaction services to meet each client's unique business needs. Fenwick’s extensive group of experienced lawyers handles deals of all sizes and complexities, with deep expertise in technology transactions, patents, IP litigation, and domestic and international tax issues.

Fenwick’s M&A practice continues to be honored for its excellence. Fenwick was named Technology Law Firm of the Year for outstanding mergers and acquisition work at the 2015 M&A Atlas Awards for Americas Middle Markets, and ranked by Bloomberg as one of the top 10 M&A legal advisors in the U.S. across all industries.

Fenwick’s 2015 transactions include representing:


  • Symantec in the $7.4 billion sale of Veritas to The Carlyle Group
  • King Digital in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision Blizzard
  • OpenDNS in its $635 million acquisition by Cisco Systems
  • Cisco Systems in the $600 million sale of its customer premises equipment business to Technicolor
  • Silicon Image in its $600 million acquisition by Lattice Semiconductor
  • MyFitnessPal in its $475 million acquisition by Under Armour
  • Bebop in its acquisition by Google
  • Other sell side acquisitions for AtHoc, Zend Technologies, LearnVest, TrialPay and true[x] Media


  • Singapore Telecommunications in its $810 million acquisition of Trustwave Holdings
  • Cisco Systems in its $700 million acquisition of Acano, its $452.5 million acquisition of Lancope and five other transactions for Cisco Systems
  • Pandora Media in its $450 million acquisition of TicketFly
  • King Digital in its $150 million acquisition of Z2Live
  • Facebook in its acquisitions of, QuickFire Networks and TheFind
  • Hewlett-Packard in its acquisitions of iManage and ConteXtream
  • FanDuel in its acquisitions of AlphaDraft and numberFire
  • Other buy-side acquisitions for Proofpoint, Fortinet, Dropbox, Square, Fitbit and Cloudera

PrivCo is the leading provider of financial data on major privately-held companies. PrivCo data has been cited in thousands of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, CNN and CNBC.

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