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Fenwick Expands California Office With Ex-Kirkland PE Pro

June 24, 2015

​Partner David Johanson, the newest member of Fenwick & West’s growing private equity practice, was profiled in both Law360 and The Recorder.

Johanson joined Fenwick from Kirland & Ellis on June 22. He brings 10 years of experience representing private equity investors on mergers and acquisitions and technology companies in investment partnerships. Johanson enjoys collaborating with innovative companies and investors and working at the point where technology and private equity meet, he told Law360.

“There’s a lot happening in that intersection,” he said. “There’s growing interest and growing funds. There’s a lot of action.”

Fenwick provides the ideal place for him to pursue his interests as the firm is well-positioned to help with private equity transactions in the technology space, he said.

“They were born and raised in the valley,” Johanson said. “They have a really good platform for handling these unique issues.”

Among challenges for technology companies, he mentioned the talent retention difficulties that frequently arise in technology transactions.

"A lot of what you're investing in [in the tech industry] is the people. And compensation can take a lot of different forms," Johanson told The Recorder. "It's something where Fenwick is a preeminent firm."

Fenwick’s chair, Richard Dickson, and the firm’s private equity chair, Scott Joachim, both expressed enthusiasm for Johanson to join the firm’s expanding private equity practice.

“David is a well-respected and established practitioner in tech PE,” Joachim said in a statement quoted by Law360. “As important as his technical expertise and pragmatic deal-making skills, it’s his collaborative approach that makes him a perfect fit with Fenwick's culture.”

The full articles are available through Law360 and The Recorder (subscriptions required).