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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Boutique Banks Find a Niche in Tech

May 22, 2008

May 22, 2008 (Mountain View, CA) – Mark Stevens, a partner in the Corporate Group at Fenwick & West, was recently quoted in a BusinessWeek article entitled, "Boutique Banks Find a Niche in Tech: Small Investment Banks Including Allen & Co., Moelis & Co., and Qatalyst Group are Joining Big Houses to Advise on High-Profile Deals."

A new breed of boutique investment bank is making its mark on the tech industry. Unlike the niche securities firms of the nineties that focused on research, stock sales, and IPOs, this crop concentrates more narrowly on matchmaking but is no less adept at getting in on some of tech's most lucrative deals. Increasingly, small banks that specialize in mergers and acquisitions and landing investments for privately-held clients are partnering with high-profile houses in helping to stitch together deals. Boutique banks are a welcome presence to investors and entrepreneurs that say they fill an important niche in personalized investment banking that's been absent from Silicon Valley since the dot-com crash.

One of the fastest-rising specialists, Allen & Co, traditionally known for its media expertise, is making a name for itself connecting Silicon Valley Web companies with East Coast sources of capital. Allen has also begun brokering high-profile tech-industry financings, helping widget software company Slide secure $50 million in Jan from Fidelity Investments and T. Rowe Price, and helping the social networking Web site Ning raise $60 million in April. "As a Silicon Valley guy, I used to know them as an old-world banker," says Mark Stevens, a partner at tech-focused law firm Fenwick & West, who's dealt with Allen through one of his clients. "Now I know them as an old-world banker who's brought a lot of their contacts over to the new media world."

About Fenwick & West

Established in the heart of Silicon Valley in 1972, Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. More than 250 attorneys work with clients that range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.