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Fenwick Honored as Best Silicon Valley and San Francisco Tax Firm

Mountain View, CA (September 26, 2016) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that for the eighth year, the firm has been named San Francisco and Silicon Valley’s Tax Firm of the Year by International Tax Review at its annual Americas Tax Awards.

International Tax Review also named the firm the U.S. West Coast Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year and awarded Fenwick with two Tax Deal of the Year awards. Presented at the annual Americas Awards Dinner in New York, the Americas Tax Awards honor top firms in North and South America.

“We’re privileged to counsel top clients around the globe and appreciate this recognition of the sophisticated service we provide,” said David Forst, chair of Fenwick’s tax group. “It’s a clear testimony to our position as one of the nation’s most cutting-edge tax practices.”

This year, Fenwick received the Americas Media & Entertainment Tax Deal of the Year award for the firm’s representation of King Digital Entertainment in its $5.9 billion acquisition by leading interactive gaming company Activision Blizzard. The acquisition of the interactive mobile entertainment company made Activision the world’s largest gaming network with over 500 million users.

The firm was also honored with the Americas Consumer Products Tax Deal of the Year for its work on the merger of Johnson Controls and Tyco. The merger positions the company as leader in products, technologies and integrated solutions for the building and energy sectors.

Fenwick tax lawyers handle high-stakes transactional work, joint ventures, complex transfer pricing matters and international tax planning and represent companies in tax dispute resolution and big-ticket federal litigation. The group represents both domestic and international clients, having counseled more than 100 Fortune 500 companies.

“[Fenwick is] a strong presence in the Bay Area, acting for an enviable client list ranging from Fortune 500 companies to early stage Silicon Valley companies,” said Chambers USA, which ranks the firm among the United States’ best tax practices both nationally and globally.

Chambers also described the firm as “high profile in both domestic and international tax matters, with experience in a range of areas including planning, transactions and controversies.”

Of Fenwick’s international tax practice, The Legal 500 noted that, “Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘superb’ California-based team contains a ‘number of very experienced lawyers’. It regularly acts on complex international joint venture transactions and cross-border M&A, as well as, recently, a number of high-profile inversions.”

“The active M&A market has meant a busy year for the team,” The Legal 500 continued in its discussion of the Fenwick’s U.S. tax practice.

The full Americas Tax Awards rankings are available through the International Tax Review website.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West LLP provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies – at every stage of their lifecycle – and the investors that partner with them. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions 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. For more information, please visit fenwick.com.​

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