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 >

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


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 >

Mountain View Office
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

San Francisco Office
555 California Street
12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Seattle Office
1191 Second Avenue
10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101

New York Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Shanghai Office
Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
No. 1155 Fang Dian Road
Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200

Kris S. Withrow

Partner, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7122


Kris Withrow has completed over 250 domestic and cross-border mergers, and has been included as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 20 attorneys in California under the age of 40 in 2012, as well as the Global M&A Networks 2014 list of Top 50 Dealmakers in North America.

Kris frequently counsels a wide range of public and private companies in their strategic acquisitions and exit events (including companies in the hardware, software, Internet, social networking and life sciences sectors), as well as day-to-day counseling of public and private companies on a wide range of matters. Kris strives to provide clients with an effective, pragmatic and budget-sensitive approach to legal, business and transaction-based needs.

Representative Sell Side Domestic Transactions:

  •’s acquisition by Walmart
  •’s acquisition by
  •’s acquisition by​
  • LearnVest’s acquisition by Northwestern Mutual
  • Eyefluence’s acquisition by Google
  • Kanjoya’s acquisition by Ultimate Software
  • Urban Engines’ acquisition by Google
  • BeyondCore’s acquisition by Salesforce
  • Hayneedle’s acquisition by
  • Rise Labs’ acquisition by One Medical Group
  • Ustream’s acquisition by IBM
  • Opsmatic’s acquisition by New Relic
  • Fliptop’s acquisition by LinkedIn
  • Revere Digital’s acquisition by Vox Media
  • TrialPay’s acquisition by Visa
  • Xtime’s acquisition by Cox Automotive
  • BBA’s (Meldium) acquisition by LogMeIn
  • Technicolor Creative Services USA’s acquisition by Flipboard
  • Schematic Labs’ acquisition by Rhapsody
  • Caring’s acquisition by Bankrate
  • Convertro’s acquisition by AOL
  • Basis Science’s acquisition by Intel
  • BlueKai’s acquisition by Oracle
  • Framehawk’s acquisition by Citrix Systems

Representative Sell Side Cross Border Transactions:

  • AppLovin’s acquisition by Orient Hontai Capital (China)
  • MySQL’s (Sweden) acquisition by Sun Microsystems
  • Maluuba’s (Canada) acquisition by Microsoft
  • Lohika Systems’ (US) acquisition by Altran (France)
  • Anglepoint Group’s (US) acquisition by Crayon Group (Norway)
  • Wunderkinder’s (Germany) acquisition by Microsoft
  • Gainspeed’s (US) acquisition by Nokia (Finland)
  • Peixe Urbano’s (Brazil) acquisition by Baidu (China)
  • Shopkick’s acquisition by SK Planet (Korea)

Representative Buy Side Transactions:

  • Proofpoint’s acquisition of FireLayers (Israel), Return Path, Socialware, Marble Security, Emerging Threats, Nexgate and NetCitadel
  • Vocera Communications’ acquisition of Extension Healthcare
  • GoPro’s acquisition of Splice
  • Cisco System’s acquisition of Acano Limited (UK)
  • InfoNam’s merger with Paxterra Solutions to form Terralogic
  • Pandora Media’s acquisition of Ticketfly
  • Zuora’s acquisition of Frontleaf
  • Fitbit’s acquisition of Fitstar
  • Twitter’s acquisition of TapCommerce
  • Multiple cross border transactions for eBay