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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


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Capital Chase

February 02, 2012

Scott Joachim, Chair of the Private Equity Group of Fenwick & West, was recently quoted in the Recorder article, "Capital ​Chase," regarding the growing private equity practices at California firms.

Since the private equity peak in 2007, investments have fallen off, leaving aging cash that must be deployed soon. This presents a huge opportunity for law firms, with an estimated $425 billion in capital overhang.

Fenwick & West is one of the most recent West Coast law firms to bring on high-profile private equity attorneys.  With their addition of Scott Joachim as the new Chair of their Private Equity Group, the Firm is building upon their existing private equity presence.

Joachim says over the next two years, "I wouldn't be surprised if there was 25 percent-plus growth in the number of deals, particularly in the tech sector." He says that Fenwick is building on the firm's bedrock technology practice to develop a leading private equity practice in Silicon Valley so that they are ready to meet this demand.

Joachim commented that he views Fenwick’s advantage over Wall Street firms as its combination of a strong track record in the tech sector, combined with the know-how of its beefed-up private equity team, pointing to their M&A work for Cisco Systems Inc., Symantec Corp. and Intuit Inc., as well as their IP work for Google Inc. and Amazon Inc.

"To be great at private equity firm work in Silicon Valley you can't just be a private equity purist, and you can't just be a great technology firm," said Joachim. "You need the killer combination of both under one roof."

Joachim is New York born-and-bred, but has spent the past 10 years developing contacts and experience in the Bay Area's private equity circles. He has recently moved to Fenwick with a team of other hybrid private equity practitioners, including Matthew Stewart, Raj Singh and Vishal Dave – joining Fenwick partners David Michaels and Mark Stevens.

"We have a tech-focused firm that's extraordinarily capable in middle-market transactions as well as the billion-dollar deals," Joachim said. "If you do a tech buyout, you need the strongest tech lawyers in the Valley."

Fenwick private equity representations include their work with Andreessen Horowitz when the fund, along with Silver Lake Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, bought a controlling stake in Skype from eBay Inc., as well as their representation of Elevation Partners with its $100 million investment in Yelp Inc., and Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of A Place for Mom and its investment in Spigit.