Mountain View, CA (February 4, 2015) – Fenwick & West today announced that the firm handled five of the top 10 venture capital-backed technology exits of 2014, including both the largest venture-backed initial public offering and acquisition.
“We’re proud of the success our clients had in 2014,” said Cindy Hess, co-chair of Fenwick’s start-up and venture capital team. “It’s always particularly satisfying to see a longtime client through a successful significant event such as an initial public offering or sale transaction. I was lucky enough to be invited to be on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange when our client Lending Club went public and at our client GoPro’s opening bell ceremony at the NASDAQ. It’s a very exciting time for emerging companies.”
Fenwick's performance in the VC and emerging companies realm played an important part in making 2014 a record year for the firm. The transactions steered by the firm included representing:
Fenwick – which currently represents more than 500 VC-backed emerging companies – has one of the preeminent VC practices in the United States, according to Chambers USA. In 2014, The Recorder recognized the firm as having California's Emerging Companies Group of the Year, and The Legal 500 awarded Fenwick its inaugural United States Award for Venture Capital and Emerging Markets.
Each quarter, Fenwick publishes its closely followed Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey. These reports identify VC financing trends from year to year and quarter to quarter, covering everything from valuations, acquisitions, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and investments to the status of venture capitalist confidence.
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Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies at every stage of their lifecycle. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for established and emerging companies 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.