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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 Receives Asia Pacific, Technology Deals of the Year

Mountain View, CA (April 6, 2015) – Fenwick & West is pleased to announce that deals the firm advised on in 2014 were named Technology Deal of the Year and Asia Pacific Private Equity Deal of the Year at this year’s M&A Atlas Awards for Global Markets. 

Fenwick represented WhatsApp in its $19 billion acquisition by Facebook, named Technology Deal of the Year. The acquisition was the largest venture-backed exit of 2014 and the third largest private technology deal ever.

Fenwick was also recognized for its role as U.S. legal counsel to the special committee of the board of directors of Giant Interactive Group Inc.​ in its going private acquisition, named Asia Pacific Private Equity Deal of the Year. The transaction was the second-largest going private acquisition for a Chinese company, according to The New York Times.​ Fenwick was also recognized for its work on the Giant acquisition by China Business Law Journal.

Fenwick's team representing WhatsApp was led by partners Sayre Stevick, Andrew Luh and Shawn Lampron. The corporate team included attorneys Derek Huoth, Amna Latif, Vishal Dave, Ryan Slunaker, Jordan Roberts and Adam Derry; executive compensation and employee benefits attorneys Marshall Mort, Kristin O'Hanlon, Grace Chen and Kelli Newman; tax partner Will Skinner; and technology transactions attorneys Stephen Gillespie and Sophia Chen.

The team representing Giant's board of directors included corporate attorneys Gordy Davidson, David Michaels, Eva Wang, Ken Myers, Aaron Hou, Jen Huang and Elena Coleman.​​

Fenwick is regularly 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 $400 billion worth of M&A transactions, including significant acquisition programs for leading serial acquirers like Facebook, Cisco Systems and Dropbox. 

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to groundbreaking 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. For information about a career at Fenwick visit us at fenwick.com/careers​.  

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