February 8, 2007 (CA) – Fenwick & West Chairman Gordon Davidson has once again been named by Forbes Magazine to its "Midas List" as one of the Top 100 dealmakers in technology and life sciences. Mr. Davidson has been included in every Midas List since it began in 2001 and continued in 2004-2007. He is one of only three attorneys on the list, and the only attorney who ranked higher this year than last, ranking #45 this year.
According to Forbes, the Midas List honors individuals who deploy venture capital to create wealth for their investors and build valuable, long-lasting companies. They rely on extensive reporting and surveys sent to thousands of professionals, including angel investors, bankers, lawyers and venture capitalists to calculate their results. Forbes described Mr. Davidson's practice for this year's list as follows:
#45, Lawyer, Fenwick & West
2006 Rank: 50
Engineer-turned-lawyer advises tech firms ranging from startups to the likes of Cisco Systems. Also counsels VC firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia. Lead counsel on mergers and acquisitions worth $50 billion, including the 2006 sales of Pathscale to QLogic and Good Technology to Motorola.
In addition to his renewed status on Forbes "Midas List," Mr. Davidson's list of recognitions include being ranked by the National Law Journal in 2000 and 2006 as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, by Upside Magazine in October 2001 as one of "100 People Who Changed Our World," by California Lawyer Magazine in August 2004 as one of the ten best corporate lawyers in California, by San Francisco Magazine in August 2004 as one of the ten best lawyers in Northern California, and by Chambers USA in its first tier of Corporate/M&A attorneys in the U.S. He is one of only two lawyers in the United States to be named by BTI Consulting to its "All Star Team" for each of the last five years for outstanding client service based on a survey of Fortune 1000 companies.
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