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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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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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Capital Markets MVP: Fenwick & West's Jeffrey Vetter

January 01, 2015

​Fenwick & West corporate partner Jeff Vetter, co-chair of the firm's securities and corporate finance practice, was profiled by Law360 as a 2014 national Capital Markets MVP.

Law360 praised Vetter for his work on "15 major transactions totaling about $9 billion, including six IPOs, six follow-on offerings for companies that he had guided IPOs for, two debt offerings, and an acquisition deal valued at $1.6 billion" between October 2013 and October 2014.

The profile highlighted Vetter's role in Facebook's $3.8 billion follow-on offering in December 2013. He helped finalize the deal before Facebook was listed on the S&P 500 – a period when the company's shares were in high demand – and in time for key investors to take part.

"There is a very narrow window of time when the S&P announces a change in their index from when the large institutional investors, those funds that track the S&P 500, have to buy into that new stock," Vetter explained, adding that it is "a great opportunity for the company to raise capital if you know that there are a number of institutions looking to the company’s shares."

Law360 also cited Vetter's help in representing King Entertainment PLC, maker of the wildly popular "Candy Crush Saga" game, in its $500 million IPO – one example of a transaction in which he helped clients avoid potential legal pitfalls and work through complexities.

“I think that the value add I can give is that having seen many of the issues before, I can help anticipate where potential minefields are and navigate around those efficiently and as
quickly as possible,” Vetter said.

Vetter also explained that throughout his career he has enjoyed "working with high-tech companies, seeing their game-changing technologies and how they really just change the world.”

"It is exciting because you are always learning something. You are always working with a company that is doing something new and unique and disruptive," he added.

The full profile is available here.​