Cynthia Clarfield Hess
650-335-7238
chess@fenwick.com
Co-Chair
Startup & Venture Capital , Israel
Partner
Corporate
Cynthia Clarfield Hess
Cynthia Clarfield Hess
Cynthia Clarfield Hess
Partner
Corporate
Co-Chair
Startup & Venture Capital, Israel

Recognized as a leader in tech law for corporate and venture capital matters, Cindy invests in long-term relationships with startup founders and investors.

Cindy counsels some of the most innovative companies in the mobile, SaaS, social media and internet spaces through critical phases of their lifecycle—from formation and launch, through key milestones, to eventual exit. She represents companies and underwriters in transactions, including complex financings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. Cindy serves as co-chair of Fenwick’s startup and venture capital practice.

Recognized by TechCrunch as one of the top attorneys working with startup companies, Cindy builds results-oriented business connections that become long-term relationships with both investors and company executives. She is energized by working with public companies and startups—like Cisco Systems, Fitbit, GitLab, Nextdoor, Peloton and TripActions—that are revolutionizing the way everyday users of technology interact with the world.

“Cynthia just gets it! She has ‘your’ hat on. She is not just doing a transaction. She is representing and working for you. Amazing!”

Kara Goldin, founder and CEO, hint, inc.

TechCrunch, 2019

Cindy offers deep technology experience and a keen ability to see the “big picture.” Clients say she “always gives good direction and different points of view.” (Chambers, client testimonial)

Cindy is deeply engaged with the firm’s Israel practice. She is also a co-author of the firm’s quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey.

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  • Represented 6Sense, a leading Account Based Orchestration Platform, powered by AI, in its $125M Series D and $40M Series C financing rounds
  • Represented BigPanda, provider of an autonomous operations platform, in its $50M Series C financing
  • Represented GitLab, a complete DevOps platform, in its $100M Series D and $268M Series E financing rounds
  • Represented Nextdoor, a provider of private social networks centered around neighborhoods and communities, in several successive multimillion-dollar financing rounds and in its de-SPAC merger with Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co. II
  • Represented Peloton, the world’s largest interactive fitness platform, in its $1.2B initial public offering
  • Represented TripActions, an end-to-end travel management platform designed to offer complete corporate travel planning and support, in several successive multi-million-dollar financing rounds

  • Represented 6Sense, a leading Account Based Orchestration Platform, powered by AI, in its $125M Series D and $40M Series C financing rounds
  • Represented BigPanda, provider of an autonomous operations platform, in its $50M Series C financing
  • Represented GitLab, a complete DevOps platform, in its $100M Series D and $268M Series E financing rounds
  • Represented Nextdoor, a provider of private social networks centered around neighborhoods and communities, in several successive multimillion-dollar financing rounds and in its de-SPAC merger with Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co. II
  • Represented Peloton, the world’s largest interactive fitness platform, in its $1.2B initial public offering
  • Represented TripActions, an end-to-end travel management platform designed to offer complete corporate travel planning and support, in several successive multi-million-dollar financing rounds

  • 6Sense
  • American Express
  • AutoFi
  • BigPanda
  • Cisco Systems
  • Doctor On Demand
  • Fitbit
  • GitLab
  • GoPro
  • Hint
  • Houseparty
  • JibJab
  • Knotel
  • Lovevery
  • Madison Reed
  • Medigate
  • Molekule
  • Nextdoor
  • Peloton
  • Prezi
  • Primary Kids
  • Remarkable Foods
  • SendBird
  • SentinelOne
  • Tophatter
  • TripActions

  • 6Sense
  • American Express
  • AutoFi
  • BigPanda
  • Cisco Systems
  • Doctor On Demand
  • Fitbit
  • GitLab
  • GoPro
  • Hint
  • Houseparty
  • JibJab
  • Knotel
  • Lovevery
  • Madison Reed
  • Medigate
  • Molekule
  • Nextdoor
  • Peloton
  • Prezi
  • Primary Kids
  • Remarkable Foods
  • SendBird
  • SentinelOne
  • Tophatter
  • TripActions

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Recognition
Chambers USA

2016 - 2022

Regularly ranks Cindy among the nation's leading lawyers for startups and emerging companies work (2016 – 2022), as well as in California for venture capital work (2018 – 2022)

TechCrunch

2019

Honored Cindy as the first attorney to be featured on its inaugural list of top startup lawyers.

The Legal 500

2019 - 2022

Highlighted Cindy as a "Hall of Fame" for venture capital and emerging companies.

U.S. News - Best Lawyers

2015 - 2021

Recognized Cindy as among The Best Lawyers in America for corporate and M&A law.

Cindy's work has brought her recognition from legal and business publications:

  • The Recorder named Cindy a Woman Leader in Tech Law (2013 – 2016), and named her one of Silicon Valley’s top 10 most trusted corporate counselors in its Trusted Advisors list (2016)
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized Cindy on its Silicon Valley Women of Influence list (2016)
  • Daily Journal named Cindy among California’s Top Women Lawyers (2016)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group recognized Cindy with the Women in Business Law Award for Best in Technology (2016)

Recognition
Chambers USA

2016 - 2022

Regularly ranks Cindy among the nation's leading lawyers for startups and emerging companies work (2016 – 2022), as well as in California for venture capital work (2018 – 2022)

TechCrunch

2019

Honored Cindy as the first attorney to be featured on its inaugural list of top startup lawyers.

The Legal 500

2019 - 2022

Highlighted Cindy as a "Hall of Fame" for venture capital and emerging companies.

U.S. News - Best Lawyers

2015 - 2021

Recognized Cindy as among The Best Lawyers in America for corporate and M&A law.

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