For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.  MORE >

Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 in the heart of Silicon Valley—before “Silicon Valley” existed—by four visionary lawyers who left a top-tier New York law firm to pursue their shared belief that technology would revolutionize the business world and to pioneer the legal work for those technological innovations. In order to be most effective, they decided they needed to move to a location close to primary research and technology development. These four attorneys opened their first office in downtown Palo Alto, and Fenwick became one of the first technology law firms in the world.  MORE >

From our founding in 1972, Fenwick has been committed to promoting diversity and inclusion both within our firm and throughout the legal profession. For almost four decades, the firm has actively promoted an open and inclusive work environment and committed significant resources towards improving our diversity efforts at every level.  MORE >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  MORE >

At Fenwick, we are proud of our commitment to the community and to our culture of making a difference in the lives of individuals and organizations in the communities where we live and work. We recognize that providing legal services is not only an essential part of our professional responsibility, but also an excellent opportunity for our attorneys to gain valuable practical experience, learn new areas of the law and contribute to the community.  MORE >

Year after year, Fenwick & West is honored for excellence in the legal profession. Many of our attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields, and our Corporate, Tax, Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups consistently receive top national and international rankings, including:

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360
  • Ranked #1 in the Americas for number of technology deals in 2015 by Mergermarket
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers
  • Consistently ranked among the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for diversity
  • Recognized as having top mentoring and pro bono programs by Euromoney


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Fenwick Honored for Representation in Global and Technology M&A Deals of the Year

Mountain View, CA (March 17, 2013) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that the firm was honored with two awards at this year’s M&A Atlas Awards for Global M&A Major Markets on May 9. Out of a “highly competitive” pool of applicants, Fenwick was recognized for “achiev[ing] the highest standards of excellence” in its work on deals in two award categories: “Global M&A Deal of the Year” and “Technology & Services Deal of the Year.”

Fenwick’s representation of Facebook in its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram was named the “Global M&A Deal of the Year” in the $1-5 billion category. The Fenwick team was led by mergers and acquisitions partner Greg Roussel, who attended the ceremony and accepted the awards on behalf of Fenwick.

Fenwick was also honored with “Technology & Services Deal of the Year” for its work on behalf of Cisco Systems, Inc. in its $5 billion acquisition of U.K.-based NDS Group Ltd. A Fenwick team led by mergers and acquisitions co-chair Doug Cogen and partner Kris Withrow represented Cisco in the acquisition. The deal was also named one of the top 10 M&A deals in California in 2012 by the Daily Journal.

In October 2012, Fenwick took home two middle market M&A Atlas awards for “Large Mid Markets Technology & Telecom Deal of the Year” and “M&A Middle Markets Deal of the Year.”

Led by Roussel, the full team that represented Facebook in its acquisition of Instagram included corporate associates Christian Lymn, Matthew Karwoski and Morgan Sawchuk; intellectual property partner Ralph Pais and associates Chris Joslyn and Michael Riskin; executive compensation and employee benefits partner Scott Spector and associates Gerald Audant, Elizabeth Gartland and Adie Sherwood; tax partner Adam Halpern and associate Natalie Pardo de Zela; securities partners Jeffery Vetter and James Evans; and antitrust co-chair Mark Ostrau.

Led by Cogen and Withrow, the full team that represented Cisco in its acquisition of NDS Group included corporate associates Matthew Stewart, Adam Andrews, Brian Savage, Thomas Kang and Jay Wedge; executive compensation and employee benefits partner Scott Spector and associates Gerald Audant, Elizabeth Gartland, and Adriana Sherwood; intellectual property partners Stephen Gillespie and Lawrence Granatelli, senior counsel Michael Egger, and associates Stefano Quintini, Diana Lock, Christopher Joslyn, Morgan Fong, Lance Stern, Claire O’Callaghan, Ranjit Narayanan and Michael Riskin; antitrust partner Mark Ostrau; litigation partners Laurence Pulgram and Jennifer Kelly; tax partner Ronald Schrotenboer and associate Matthew Noerper.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies at every stage of their lifecycle. Fenwick is among the nation's preeminent M&A practices and is continually ranked as one of the top law firms for mergers and acquisitions globally and nationally – with specific strength in technology and life sciences transactions. In recent years, the firm has completed more than $300 billion worth of M&A transactions, including significant acquisition programs for leading serial acquirers. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders.