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About our Corporate Practice

The Corporate Group provides services to technology and life sciences companies at all stages of development, from early start-ups to mature, publicly traded corporations. Fenwick & West's superior depth of knowledge in the technology and business of our clients makes a measurable difference in the success of our clients.

We have been ranked by:

  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the top law firms nationally and in the Silicon Valley area for Venture Capital in the “Best Law Firms” 2013 guide
  • Dow Jones as the fourth most active U.S. law firm in helping IT clients raise venture capital
  • American Lawyer Media as a “Go-To Shop for Silicon Valley IPOs” in 2013. Also recognized as a “Go-To” Law Firm for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of corporate transactions and securities in 2012
  • Corporate Board Member as one of the top five corporate law firms in northern California for publicly-traded companies
  • Bloomberg as one of the Top 15 Global Private Equity Advisors - for Q1 2012
  • Global M&A Network with the “2013 Global M&A Deal of the Year” for representation of Facebook in its $1B acquisition of Instagram. Also honored with the “2013 Technology & Services Deal of the Year” for representation of Cisco in its $5B acquisition of NDS
  • AlwaysOn in their “Top Dealmakers Survey” as one of the top corporate law firms for the technology industry

Representing the world’s most innovative companies in venture financings, private equity transactions, securities offerings and M&A deals, our practice offers:

  • Integrated deal teams tackling complex corporate, intellectual property, antitrust, tax and employee benefits issues
  • Expertise in complex and creative financing transactions including convertible debt, syndicated loan transactions, high-yield debt, PIPES and shelf takedown offerings
  • A robust connection to top-tier venture capital firms and VC-backed start-up companies
  • Better understanding of key technology and business drivers in securities filings
  • Deeper due diligence in merger and acquisitions transactions to assess risks and facilitate post-deal integration
  • More focused due diligence in securities offerings and venture capital financings