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’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 strategic and sell-side M&A transactions include:
- 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 Amazon.com
- 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.