With one of the premier mergers and acquisitions practices in the U.S., Fenwick advises leading serial acquirers and innovative target companies in strategic transactions, with particular depth in the technology and life sciences sectors.

We partner with startup, growth and public companies in a range of U.S. and global transactions, including complex divestitures, spinoffs, reverse mergers and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions.

  • We have completed over 1,000 transactions valued in excess of $500 billion in recent years.
  • We handle buy- and sell-side transactions of all sizes and complexity, including groundbreaking matters and serial acquisition programs for high-profile, industry-leading companies, including Amazon, Cisco Systems, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard and Symantec (now NortonLifeLock).
  • We have been counsel in some of the largest transactions in the biopharma, medical devices, digital health, gaming, security, ecommerce and SaaS sectors.
  • Our team advises clients on industry-shaping deals where traditional business models and cutting-edge technologies converge, including those involving autonomous driving technology and distributed ledger technology.
  • Our M&A attorneys partner with our market-leading specialist teams focused on technology transactions, executive compensation and benefits, privacy and cybersecurity, intellectual property, securities litigation, antitrust and domestic and international tax structuring.
  • We consistently rank in Chambers, The Legal 500, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters among leading U.S. M&A firms.
  • Representative Transactions
    • WhatsApp in its $19 billion acquisition by Facebook – one of the largest private technology acquisitions ever
    • Symantec’s $10.7 billion divestiture of its Enterprise Security business to Broadcom
    • Concur Technologies in its $8.3 billion acquisition by SAP
    • Loxo Oncology in its $8 billion sale to Eli Lilly
    • GitHub in its $7.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft Corporation
    • Counsel in three of the biggest mobile gaming deals ever: King Digital Entertainment in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision Blizzard; Spreadtrum Communications in its $1.78 billion cross-border take-private acquisition by Tsinghua Unigroup; and counsel to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Giant Interactive Group in its $3 billion take-private acquisition by Giant Investment and Giant Merger Limited
    • Cisco Systems in its $3.2 billion acquisition of Webex and in over 125+ other transactions
    • Audentes Therapeutics in its $3 billion acquisition by Astellas Pharma
    • Counsel to Data Domain in the bidding war between NetApp and EMC, leading to Data Domain's $2.4 billion acquisition by EMC
    • Zappos.com in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Amazon
    • Dermira in its $1.1 billion acquisition by Eli Lilly
    • Facebook in its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram and in over 60+ other transactions
    • General Motors in its acquisition of Cruise Automation, a leader in autonomous driving technology

Representative Clients

Representative Serial Acquirer Clients:

Amazon, AppLovin, Cisco Systems, Coinbase, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Niantic Labs, Proofpoint and Symantec (now NortonLifelock)

Representative Sell-Side Clients:

WhatsApp, Supercell, Concur Technologies, GitHub, King Digital Entertainment, SuccessFactors, Jet, Shutterfly, CallidusCloud, Imperva, Data Domain, Opsware, Infoblox, Responsys, Zappos.com, Cray, Demisto

Representative Life Sciences M&A Clients:

Loxo Oncology, Cepheid, Audentes Therapeutics, Agilent Technologies, Dermira, SonoSite, Corium


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