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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Scott B. Joachim

Chair, Private Equity

Partner, Corporate  

Mountain View 650.335.7884


Scott Joachim is a corporate lawyer whose practice focuses on advising private equity, growth capital and venture capital investors, public and emerging companies and entrepreneurs in complex financial and strategic transactions in the technology sector. Born and raised in New York City but practicing in Silicon Valley for 20 years, Scott’s practice emphasizes the convergence of the technology sector with the broader economy, as well as bridging cultural deal-making approaches within and outside of Silicon Valley.

As the founder and chair of the firm’s Private Equity Practice, Scott represents technology-focused growth capital and buyout sponsors including Accel-KKR, Accel Partners (Growth Equity Fund), The Blackstone Group, Google Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures and Vulcan Capital.

Scott also leads the firm’s FinTech Practice and advises many of the largest financial services firms on and beyond Wall Street in connection with consortium transactions, strategic investments and M&A transactions. Among other transactions, Scott led Fenwick teams representing a consortium of 15 banks, led by Goldman Sachs, that invested in Symphony Communications and a consortium of 3 financial services firms, led by J.P. Morgan, that invested in Cloud9 Technologies. Scott also represents emerging FinTech companies such as Symphony Communication, Droit Technologies and New York Shipping Exchange.

Scott’s strategic M&A experience includes representations of General Motors and Microsoft, among others. He also advises emerging companies and entrepreneurs in sell-side acquisitions. 

Representative Experience:

Strategic and Sell Side M&A Transactions:

  • Symantec in connection with its $4.65 billion acquisition of Blue Coat Systems and related convertible debt and syndicated bank financing transactions
  • General Motors in connection with its acquisition of Cruise Automation
  • Microsoft in connection with multiple acquisitions
  • Responsys in connection with its $1.5 billion sale to Oracle
  • Twitch Interactive investors in connection with its $1 billion sale to
  • Keynote Systems in connection with its $395 million sale to Thoma Bravo
  • Ray Kurzweil (renowned futurist) in connection with the sale of Patterns to Google

Scott’s startup company client portfolio includes Symphony Communications, Daqri, Two Bit Circus, InfusionSoft and bkr. Scott’s capital markets experience includes representations in connection with the IPOs of Google, Digital Theater Systems (DTS), Kinetic Concepts (KCI) and Rigel Pharmaceuticals, follow-on offerings by Rainmaker Systems, DTS and KCI, 144A offerings by Ciphergen and Mercury Systems and PIPEs for Warburg Pincus and various hedge funds.

Scott was recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine for three consecutive years (2013-2015). He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he has taught a course entitled “Mergers & Acquisitions: Law and Practice”. He also has served on the faculty of the Practising Law Institute, where he has regularly spoken on M&A topics.

Scott serves on the Board of Directors of the Palo Alto Community Fund, a philanthropic endowment that provides grants to Palo Alto-area nonprofit organizations across every area of philanthropy, including social services, housing, education, healthcare, environment, youth and family support, community development, seniors and the arts.