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 >

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Niping Wu

Partner, Corporate  




Niping Wu focuses her practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions with an emphasis on private equity and strategic investments in Chinese companies and businesses, regularly acting as counsel to international investors active in China. She also has extensive experience in cross-border debt financing transactions. Additionally, Niping advises Chinese companies on outbound investments, and she also has worked on U.S. public offerings by China-based issuers.

Niping is recognized by Chambers Asia as a leading private equity lawyer and by Expert Guides as a leading practitioner in private equity. She has been practicing law in China for over a decade. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Niping was a partner at other prominent U.S. law firms where she led transactional matters with an emphasis on serving international private equity firms investing in China.

Niping has advised numerous private equity funds such as PAG, TPG, Orchid Asia, MBK Partners, Mount Kellett, Hony Capital and American Securities; financial institutions such as Bank of America, Barclays and China Life; and corporation clients such as ArcelorMittal, Owens Corning, Precision Castparts, Funtalk, Zongyi Group and Venturepharm Labs.

Notable transactions led by Niping include:

  • Represented PAG (as part of consortium) in $2B acquisition of Cushman & Wakefield, and the merger between the target and DTZ to create the second largest commercial real estate services provider in the world
  • Represented PAG in its investment in a Chinese pharmaceutical company
  • Representing PAG in its proposed acquisitions of two drugs from a global pharmaceutical company, and its proposed joint venture with such global pharmaceutical company and a Chinese pharmaceutical company
  • Representing a Chinese high-tech company in its ongoing U.S. IPO
  • Represented PAG in connection with its $100 million+ investment in CMC and CMC’s mergers and acquisitions of several other companies
  • Represented PAG in its borrowing of a $400 million secured loan from offshore branch of a Chinese “big four” State-owned bank, and its borrowing of a $110 million secured loan from a major international bank
  • Represented TPG in the sale of its stake in Shenzhen Development Bank for $2 billion+; in its $200 million+ investment in Guanghui Automobile Services; in its $800 million investment in Taishin Financial Holding; in its $350 million investment (aggregate with co-investors) in Lenovo; in its investment in BankThai Public Company Limited; and in its investment in Xinjiang Guanghui Liquefied Natural Gas Development
  • Represented Bank of America in its $3 billion investment in China Construction Bank; in its financial leasing joint venture with China Construction Bank (the first Sino-foreign financial leasing company in China); and in the sale of its retail business in China
  • Represented Orchid Asia in its $40 million investment in a Chinese e-commerce company; in its acquisition of a China-based healthcare company; in its investment in a China-based IT company; and in its investment in United Power Equipment and the subsequent IPO exit
  • Represented Mount Kellett in its $90 million investment in a waste management business owned by Hangzhou Jinjiang Group
  • Represented Precision Castparts Corp in its $350 million investment in Yangzhou Chengde Steel Tube
  • Represented Barclays in its investment in a Chinese trust company
  • Represented Venturepharm Holdings Inc. in its acquisition of the China business of a U.S. Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company
  • Represented Zongyi Group in its investment in a U.S. biopharmaceutical company
  • Represented Funtalk in connection with share transfers among certain shareholders
  • Represented Chaowei Power (a leading PRC lead-acid battery manufacturer) in connection with an investment by Hony Capital and the simultaneous redemption of previously issued preferred shares
  • Represented Prince Frog International (a Chinese manufacturer of child care products) in connection with an investment by CCB International Asset Management Limited
  • Represented Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and the other underwriters in the $217 million U.S. IPO of Perfect World
  • Advised China Life on U.S. securities law reporting and compliance matters
  • Represented ArcelorMittal (the world’s largest steel company) in its various investments and joint ventures in China