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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

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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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Technology and Life Sciences IPO Survey - 2013, First Half

We analyzed key aspects of initial public offerings (IPOs) for 33 U.S. technology and life sciences companies that went public in the first half of 2013. This half-yearly update of our full 2011-2012 IPO Survey was developed for our clients, friends and others interested in looking deeper into recent IPO activity and exploring trends in the data. Downloading the full report will provide you access to a number of tables and charts that offer a graphical overview of key parameters as well as a sense of recent trends and activity.

Key Findings:

  • The first half of 2013 culminated with Q2 representing the strongest quarter for technology and life sciences IPOs in more than 10 quarters.
  • The life sciences sector was especially active, with 18 offerings in the first half of the year. Life sciences IPOs were at the top end of the scale in terms of size of the offering and also at the lower end in terms of size.
  • Technology deals tended to show upward pricing momentum throughout the IPO process, with 33.3% of the 2013 offerings pricing above, 53.3% within and 13.3% below their red herring range and 86.7% closing above their offering price in first day trading.
  • In a post-JOBS Act era, five issuers who were otherwise eligible to avail themselves of the SEC’s confidential submission process, elected not to do so. Four issuers who filed confidentially elected to make only one confidential submission prior to their first public filing.
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