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Fenwick Recognized Again for Tax Work in the U.S., Corporate in Israel by Chambers Global

Six Fenwick partners – Sally Abel, Andrew Bridges, Gordy Davidson, James Fuller, David Hayes and Niping Wu – receive top-tier rankings in their respective practice areas.

Mountain View, CA (March 18, 2015) – Fenwick & West is proud to announce that Chambers Global has once again awarded top-tier rankings to Fenwick for its tax work on behalf of foreign and domestic clients in the United States and corporate work in Israel.

In addition, Fenwick partners Sally Abel, Andrew Bridges, Gordy Davidson, Jim Fuller and David Hayes continue to receive top-tier rankings for their global counsel. They are joined this year by new partner Niping Wu, whose work in China has also been recognized.

Chambers Global, which ranks business attorneys from around the world, is known for its exhaustive research and reputation in the legal community.

Practice Area Recognitions

Tax: Corporate & Finance – USA

In naming Fenwick's tax practice as among those in the top tier worldwide, Chambers Global again recognized Jim Fuller in Band 1 in two categories: International Tax and Corporate Tax. Fenwick's tax team, which has represented more than 100 of the Fortune 500 and half of the Fortune 100 largest U.S. companies, provided tax counsel on Switzerland-based Glencore International PLC $6 billion purchase of Canada-based Viterra Inc. and Eaton Corporation's $13 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries.

Corporate/M&A – Israel

Chambers Global places Fenwick among the top tiers for law firms providing corporate counsel to Israeli companies and entrepreneurs, as well as international and U.S. companies doing business in Israel.

The publication notes that Fenwick has "extensive experience in the technology sector and acts for major international clients in this space," adding, "M&A and financings are among the firm's key focuses."

Fenwick's representation of Facebook in its acquisition of Israel-based Onavo Mobile and counsel to Israel-based ScaleIO in its acquisition by EMC Corporation are highlighted. The firm regularly advises several Israeli venture capital firms on technology company investments and helps emerging companies in Israel obtain early-stage financing. The firm also works with a number of Israeli-founded companies in the United States, including Maxta, Topio, WeWork and Quixey.

Individual Recognitions

USA, Tax: International Tax and USA Tax: Corporate

James Fuller: "Compliments abound for Jim Fuller, whom sources call "the West Coast dean of international tax" and "an absolute guru" in the area. In particular, he is noted for his reputation in transfer pricing matters."

USA, Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets

Sally Abel: "Sally Abel of Fenwick & West LLP is chair of the firm's trade mark group and is valued by clients for her no-nonsense approach, and is described as 'a great practitioner who is very direct and to the point in her advice.'"

Andrew Bridges: "Andrew Bridges of Fenwick & West LLP is a talented litigator, and is particularly skilled with copyright issues. He works extensively with internet and technology companies."

David Hayes: "David Hayes of Fenwick & West LLP worked extensively on a multibillion-dollar intellectual property licensing and corporate agreement between Yahoo! and Alibaba, which operates Yahoo! China. His clients describe him as 'thoughtful, creative and experienced.'" Hayes is also recognized again in the USA, Intellectual Property: Patent category.

USA, Corporate/M&A

Gordy Davidson: "Gordon Davidson of Fenwick & West LLP is 'an institution' in the California M&A market. His impressive client list includes high-profile technology companies, startups, venture capital investors and investment banks. Peers say he is 'very accomplished in representing venture funds, portfolio companies and startup companies.'"

China, Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)

Niping Wu: "Wu Niping of Fenwick & West LLP 'has the ability to identify and solve issues, understands our commercial desires, and is very well trusted by both ourselves and our internal counsel,' states one client. Wu primarily handles inbound investments into Chinese companies for international private equity houses."

More information is available through the Chambers Global website

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