Mountain View, CA (March 23, 2016) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that Chambers Global has again recognized the firm for tax, corporate and intellectual property work with top-tier rankings in its annual report. Chambers Global continues to honor Fenwick partners Sally Abel, Andrew Bridges, Gordy Davidson, James Fuller and David Hayes with top-tier rankings for their global counsel.
Chambers Global, which ranks business lawyers from around the world, is known for its solid research and reputation in the legal community. Its 2016 rankings are available through the Chambers Global website.
Fenwick continues to be honored for excellence in the legal profession. The recognition by Chambers Global is one of several awards the firm has received recently, including being named Technology Group of the Year for the third consecutive year by Law360. Many of Fenwick’s attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields, and the firm’s practice groups consistently receive top national and international rankings.
Chambers Global honored Fenwick for its tax work on behalf of foreign and domestic clients in the United States, naming the firm’s tax practice one of the best worldwide. Chambers Global recognized Jim Fuller in Band 1 in two categories, International Tax and Corporate Tax.
Tax: Corporate & Finance – USA
Fenwick's tax team – which has represented over 100 of the Fortune 500 largest U.S. companies – worked on a number of inversion transactions, received three Deal of the Year awards in 2015 and handled large, complex international joint venture transactions, including Symphony, a major joint venture of 14 of the world’s leading financial institutions, and recent China joint ventures.
USA, Tax: International Tax and USA Tax: Corporate
Chambers Global noted that James Fuller “receives effusive praise for offering ‘guidance that can add weight to a grey area of law or where there is no technical answer.’ Clients add that "he cultivates an incredible position for us," "is capable of handling virtually every aspect of the code," and highlight his "ability to recall or delve into legislative history and regulatory examples and to develop arguments in a manner that is unique, intertwining it with the facts of a particular plan or structure in a very creative manner."
Global Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
Fenwick has one of the premier technology corporate M&A practices, and its IP and tax practices work seamlessly with its corporate practice to deliver highly valued M&A capabilities. The team includes lawyers specializing in IP, tax, licensing and executive compensation who can address key focus areas of technology M&A such as IP prowess and due diligence, along with tax structuring.
Fenwick is ranked as one of the top law firms globally for volume of technology, media and telecommunications M&A completed. The firm represented King Digital Entertainment in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision Blizzard; advised Spreadtrum Communications in its going private acquisition by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd.; and advised a special committee of the board of directors of Giant Interactive Group Inc. as its U.S. legal counsel in the company’s going private transaction. The firm also recently represented Cisco Systems, Inc. in its acquisition of Leaba Semiconductor Ltd., a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company based in Israel.
Chambers Global honored corporate partner Gordy Davidson as “one of the preeminent lawyers in the country in the venture capital space as well as a ‘very smart and thoughtful’ corporate practitioner. He advised Giant Interactive Group on its $3 billion take-private agreement.”
Chambers Global places Fenwick among the top tiers for law firms providing corporate counsel to Israeli companies and entrepreneurs, as well as international and U.S. companies doing business in Israel. Clients note that Fenwick is “one of the leading tech firms in the world”, has “people for every aspect that a startup company would need,” and has “been very thorough and good at protecting our business.”
Fenwick’s IP practice has been ranked consistently as one of the top firms in IP litigation and protection by many organizations, including The National Law Journal’s IP Hot List, which recognizes the most influential IP practices in the country. Chambers Global honored Sally Abel, Andrew Bridges and David Hayes for their work in the trademark, copyright and trade secret practice areas.
USA, Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
Chambers Global notably ranks Sally Abel in Band 1 in the USA: Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets category, recognizing her expertise in this practice area. Chambers Global mentioned that Abel has "'a very strong reputation’" in the California market, according to peers. She advises on trademark portfolio management and development, and is noted for her expertise in internet-related matters.”
Chambers also called out Andrew Bridges in the USA: Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets category, noting that he “advises on a range of contentious IP matters, with an emphasis on trademark, copyright and advertising. He is also experienced in international portfolio management.”
David Hayes also received praise in the Chambers Global guide in the USA: Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets and USA, Intellectual Property: Patent categories. He “handles a wide range of IP work, including patent prosecution and advice on trademark, copyright and trade secrets matters. Peers praise his ’remarkable insights on both the legal and business sides’ of complex disputes,” wrote Chambers Global.
About Fenwick & West
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