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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 >

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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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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Greg Roussel Interviewed for Law360's Dealmakers Q&A Series

September 30, 2014

​Fenwick & West corporate partner Greg Roussel was profiled by Law360 as part of its “Dealmakers” Q&A series.

R. Gregory Roussel, a partner at Fenwick & West LLP, concentrates his practice on mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions involving technology companies. He has extensive experience with clients in the social networking, software, electronic game, and mobile application sectors. Roussel also counsels companies on corporate governance matters and takeover defenses.

As a participant in Law360's Q&A series with dealmaking movers and shakers, Greg Roussel shared his perspective on five questions:​

Q: What’s the most challenging deal you’ve worked on, and why?

A: The sale of a majority stake of Supercell to Softbank for $1.5 billion last year was the most challenging. The transaction had elements of an acquisition, an investment and a joint venture all rolled into one, and required a multiparty negotiation across three continents/time zones. It required a lot of creativity and problem-solving for a business in an industry that I really like being involved in. Those deals are the most fun.

Q: What aspects of regulation affecting your practice are in need of reform, and why?

A: I spend an inordinate amount of time and energy negotiating the risk allocation for potential frivolous infringement claims created by our broken patent system.

Q: What upcoming trends or under-the-radar areas of deal activity do you anticipate, and why?

A: The continued tension between consolidation by the major players and the innovation of new startups will continue to drive a lot of deal activity in the tech sector. It may be hard to characterize some of the recent larger deals as under the radar, but I think we are still at the beginning of the cycle and there is a lot more to come.

Q: What advice would you give an aspiring dealmaker?

A: Listen — both to opposing counsel and the client. Frequently, the underlying issue to be solved is not always apparent or as described or perceived. If you take the time to listen, you can frequently find a better outcome for all the parties involved.

Q: Outside your firm, name a dealmaker who has impressed you, and tell us why.

A: I have worked with Alon Sahar at Meitar in Tel Aviv on many transactions, both opposite him and on the same side of the table. He's not just well-respected as a savvy dealmaker — he also has a great sense of the underlying tensions with the personalities involved and their objectives. This is invaluable when working on cross-border (and cross-cultural) transactions.