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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 >

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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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 Ranked Among Top Law Firms in 2014 M&A League Tables

​Mountain View, CA (February 5, 2015) – Fenwick & West today announced its 2014 M&A rankings, demonstrating the firm’s strength in the technology sector where Fenwick ranked third in the world, based on number of transactions, according to Mergermarket. Fenwick handled more than 170 deals in 2014 with an aggregate value of approximately $60 billion.

The firm continues to ride the technology wave with 2014 seeing Fenwick triple the firm’s aggregate deal value in 2013. Fenwick attorneys also worked on 65 percent more M&A transactions year-over-year.

In the United States, Fenwick ranked sixth for the number of transactions across all deal sizes on which the firm was primary transaction counsel, according to Bloomberg, and third in the country for number of deals valued at up to $500 million.

Fenwick’s largest transactions of 2014 included the firm’s representations of:

  • WhatsApp in its $19 billion acquisition by Facebook, the largest private technology deal to date and among the 10 largest acquisitions of the year
  • Tim Hortons in its $11.4 billion acquisition by Burger King (as special tax counsel)
  • Concur Technologies in its $8.3 billion acquisition by SAP
  • Spanision in its $4 billion merger with Cypress Semiconductor
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Giant Interactive Group in its $3 billion going private transaction
  • Facebook in its $2.3 billion acquisition of Oculus VR
  • Rakuten in its $1 billion acquisition of Ebates

Fenwick has one of 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 in technology and life sciences transactions. In recent years, Fenwick has completed more than $400 billion in M&A transactions, including significant acquisition programs for leading serial acquirers.

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, 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.