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Fenwick & West Wins Tax Firm of the Year from International Tax Review 2009

October 1, 2009 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP announced today that International Tax Review, a leading publication covering the tax industry, named Fenwick & West LLP as the "Tax Firm of the Year for the San Francisco Area." This is the third time in four years Fenwick has been named by International Tax Review for this prestigious award. Fenwick & West has also won the prestigious award for U.S. tax litigation firm of the year for two of the last four years.

The final nominees included PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Baker & McKenzie and McDermott Will & Emery.

The awards were given at International Tax Review's fourth annual Americas Tax Awards ceremony in New York City on September 30. The ceremony awards firms viewed as the best in the areas of tax transactional, planning, structuring, litigation and transfer-pricing in North and South America over the past year.

During the period of March 2009 to September 2009, International Tax Review's researchers and journalists interviewed corporate tax directors and advisors to compile tiers of leading tax firms. For each country or regional award, the magazine's editorial staff compiles its list, in part, from more than 150 face-to-face and telephone interviews.

"The unsurpassed quality and creativity of our tax work and our great client service makes the difference," said David Forst, Chair of the Fenwick & West Tax Group.

About the Fenwick & West Tax Group

Fenwick & West has achieved a reputation as having one of the nation's leading domestic and international tax practices. Our tax clients represent every geographic area of the United States, as well as a number of foreign countries, and have included over 40 Fortune 100 companies. The Firm was honored by International Tax Review 2009 as one of the world’s leading tax planning and tax transactional practices, one of only three firms in the U.S. to appear in both the planning and transactional categories; ACQ Global Awards 2009 also ranked Fenwick & West as the "Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year" for North America; Chambers USA 2008 awarded the Firm First Tier status in Tax for California; and the Firm was honored by World Tax Review 2008 as one of only eight law firms in the entire U.S. to receive a First Tier rating. Fenwick & West also consistently ranks as one of the top M&A practices in the U.S. and was recently named one of the top law firms in northern California for publicly traded companies.

About International Tax Review

Since 1990 International Tax Review has established itself as the world's most authoritative and lively magazine dedicated to international tax strategy. Each issue includes comprehensive international news and analysis, unique guides to the most recent international deals, in-depth features, surveys, international updates and profiles. International Tax Review is part of the Euromoney Legal Media Group, with offices in London, Hong Kong and New York.

Press Contact

David L. Forst
Chair, Tax Group