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


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

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San Francisco, CA 94104

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Seattle, WA 98101

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Unit 908, 9/F, Kerry Parkside Office
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Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204
P.R. China
+86 21 8017 1200

Kris S. Withrow

Partner, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7122


Kris has completed over 200 domestic and cross-border mergers, and was 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 deal makers 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.

Prior to joining Fenwick in 2004, Kris was also involved in non-technology based transactions, including in the healthcare, real estate and transportation sectors.

Select transactions include:

Sell Side Representation:

  • Sale of Xtime to Cox Automotive
  • Sale of Peixe Urbano to Baidu
  • Sale of shopkick to SK Planet Co., Ltd., an affiliate of SK Holdings and SK Telecom
  • Sale of BlueKai to Oracle
  • Sale of Basis Science to Intel
  • Sale of Caring to Bankrate
  • Sale of Convertro to AOL
  • Sale of LuxVue to undisclosed buyer
  • Sale of Framehawk to Citrix
  • Sale of Solta Medical (NASDAQ: SLTM) to Valeant
  • Sale of SonicWALL (NASDAQ: SNWL) to Thoma Bravo and Ontario Teachers’ Capital ($717 million, and M&A Atlas awards Technologies Deal of the Year above $500 million)
  • Sale of nCircle to Tripwire (Thoma Bravo)
  • Sale of ThisLife to Shutterfly
  • Sale of Force10 Networks to Dell
  • Sale of Auditude to Adobe
  • Sale of IntoNow to Yahoo!
  • Sale of Skagen watches to Fossil ($245 million plus earnout, and M&A Atlas Awards 2012 Middle Markets Deal of the Year)
  • Sale of Quidsi’s ( and to Amazon ($545 million, and M&A Atlas Awards 2011 U.S. M&A Deal of the Year (Large Market) Award)
  • Sale of Medicity to Aetna ($500 million)
  • Sale of to (AMZN stock valued at over $1.2 billion at closing) (largest VC-backed M&A exit in 2009)
  • Sale of MySQL to Sun Microsystems ($1 billion and the second largest VC-backed M&A exit in 2008)
  • Representation of multiple other VC-backed companies in their sale to serial acquirers, including, IBM (representation of Cast Iron Systems), Broadcom (representation of Teknovus), Qualcomm (representation of Digital Fountain), KLA-Tencor (representation of OnWafer Technologies), SAIC (representation of Cloudshield Technologies), and Informatica (representation of Siperian)

Buy Side Representation:

  • 50+ Acqui-hire/Talent Acquisitions
  • Acquisition by Cisco Systems of 21 companies, including, Meraki ($1.2 billion), NDS ($5 billion, and M&A Atlas Awards 2013 Technology & Services Deal of the Year), Scientific-Atlanta ($6.9 billion), Starent Networks ($2.9 billion), Navini Networks ($330 million), and ScanSafe ($183 million)
  • Repeat buy-side transactions for, among others, Twitter, Proofpoint, GoPro, Shoretel, SonicWALL and Interwoven
  • Acquisition by Allied Security Trust (AST), a consortium of 26 member-investor companies of MIPS Technologies (NASDAQ: MIPS)
  • Robertson Piper Software Group (fund formation) and acquisition of Opus-ISM Pharmacy Management Software

Kris received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Associate Editor of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a four-year member of the Undergraduate Students’ Honor Society. Kris is a member of the state bars of California and Washington (inactive).