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


We take sustainability very seriously at Fenwick. Like many of our clients, we are adopting policies that reduce consumption and waste, and improve efficiency. By using technologies developed by a number of our cleantech clients, we are at the forefront of implementing sustainable policies and practices that minimize environmental impact. In fact, Fenwick has earned recognition in several areas as one of the top US law firms for implementing sustainable business practices.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we have a passion for excellence and innovation that mirrors our client base. Our firm is making revolutionary changes to the practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary technology tools and processes—allowing us to deliver best-in-class legal services more effectively.   MORE >

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Fenwick Named #1 Mid-Market M&A and Buyouts Firm by The Legal 500

Mountain View, CA (June 23,  2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that The Legal 500 honored Fenwick with its 2015 award for middle market mergers and acquisitions and buyouts law firm of the year.

In determining award recipients, The Legal 500 assesses more than 250,000 corporate counsel globally, based solely on merit, with an emphasis on the depth of the corporate counsel team (practice and associates) rather than merely focusing on “star” individuals. 

The announcement of The Legal 500's mid-market award follows closely on the heels of Mergermarket’s report that Fenwick ranked first among law firms globally for volume of technology, media and telecommunications M&A completed during the first quarter of 2015. In addition, Bloomberg ranked Fenwick #2 for volume of mid-market M&A deals during this same period.

In bestowing the award, The Legal 500 recognized that 2014 was a stellar year for Fenwick, with the aggregate value of deals the firm worked on increasing 600 percent from the year before. Observing that Fenwick is "[known] for its eminence in digital media and internet" as well as its "premier technology M&A practice," The Legal 500 added that the firm "provided advice on some of the largest and most significant M&A transactions of 2014."

The strength of Fenwick’s mid-markets M&A practice is well-known throughout the tech industry with the firm working both for large serial acquirers like Facebook, Twitter and Cisco Systems buying startups and startups being acquired by large tech companies like AOL, Google and Oracle. For example, in 2014, Fenwick represented:

  • Skybox Imaging, creators of the world’s smallest high-resolution imaging satellite, in its $500 million sale to Google
  • U.K.-based NaturalMotion in its $391 million sale to Zynga – Zynga’s largest acquisition ever
  • Actuate Corporation in its acquisition by OpenText Corporation for approximately $330 million
  • Bizo in its $175 million sale to LinkedIn Corporation
  • BASIS Science in its acquisition by Intel
  • BlueKai in its acquisition by Oracle


About Fenwick & West 
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, 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.​​​