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 2,000 transactions valued in excess of $550 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 Airship, Amazon, Applovin, Bill.com, Cisco Systems, Coinbase, Facebook, NortonLifeLock, Peloton Interactive and Stripe.
  • We have been counsel in some of the largest transactions in the biopharma, medical devices, digital health, gaming, security, ecommerce, consumer technologies 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 in its $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: Supercell Oy in its $8.6 billion majority stake acquisition by Tencent; King Digital Entertainment in its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision Blizzard; 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
    • AVEVA in its $5 billion acquisition by OSIsoft
    • Cisco Systems in its $4.5 billion acquisition of Acacia Communications and in over 125+ other transactions
    • Audentes Therapeutics in its $3 billion acquisition by Astellas Pharma
    • Bill.com in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Divvy
    • Glu Mobile in its $2.4 billion acquisition by EA
    • Facebook in its $2.3 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, $1 billion acquisition of Instagram and in over 60+ other transactions
    • Fitbit in its $2.1 billion acquisition by Google
    • Etsy in its $1.625B acquisition of Depop
    • Gearbox in its $1.3 billion acquisition by Embracer
    • Dermira in its $1.1 billion acquisition by Eli Lilly
    • General Motors in its acquisition of Cruise Automation, a leader in autonomous driving technology
    • Multiple SPAC transactions for technology, life sciences, digital health and gaming companies, including Accel Entertainment, Buzzfeed, Nextdoor, Proterra, Sema4 and Velo3D

Representative Clients

Representative Serial Acquirer Clients:

Airship, Amazon, AppLovin, Bill.com, Cisco Systems, Coinbase, Facebook, Niantic Labs, NortonLifelock, Peloton Interactive, Stripe

Representative Sell-Side Clients:

CallidusCloud, Concur Technologies, Cray, Data Domain, Fitbit, Gearbox Software, GitHub, Glu Mobile, Imperva, Infoblox, King Digital Entertainment, Opsware, Responsys, Shutterfly, Silver Peak Systems, SuccessFactors, Supercell, ThousandEyes, WhatsApp, Zappos.com

Representative Life Sciences M&A Clients:

Agilent Technologies, Audentes Therapeutics, Cepheid, Dermira, Loxo Oncology, Sema4, Veracyte


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