In 1972, four attorneys moved from New York to Palo Alto to
found a firm based on their vision that the Silicon Valley would
become the future tech Mecca of the world. They were right. Small
wonder, then, that the area's alpha geeks-Apple Computer, Cisco
Systems and VeriSign, to name just a few-look to Fenwick & West
for tech-savvy counsel.
Just four years after its founding, Fenwick
& West snagged future tech icons Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
as clients, eventually helping incorporate the Apple Computer for
them, the first step in building the eventual Apple universe of
iPods and iPads we all know and love. Soon after that, the firm
handled IPO work for software manufacturer Oracle.
The firm has also proved adept at handling
billion-dollar M&A work, becoming the go-to firm for techie
mergers like VeriSign's $21 billion acquisition of Network
Solutions and Symantec's $13 billion purchase of VERITAS. The firm
also earned accolades for its tax work from the International
Tax Review and is active in raising venture capital for IT
clients. In the intellectual property field, Fenwick & West has
done patent work for Google, as well as patent litigation work for
Amazon and Elan Pharmaceuticals.
According to Businessweek, Fenwick
& West pulled itself out of the recession much faster than
other Bay Area firms, largely by "riding" the social network and
online media trend "like no other firm in the Valley" and embracing
startups from Facebook and Twitter to Airbnb and Dropbox. Growing
alongside the titans of cyberspace to become one of the largest and
most profitable firms in the Bay Area, Fenwick & West has also
opened offices in Seattle, San Francisco and Boise.
The firm's successes aren't limited to the
courtroom and the boardroom. Fenwick has enjoyed a reputation as
one of the best places in the country to work. Until
Fortune raised the minimum required number of employees
for companies to rank, Fenwick was no stranger to the magazine's
"100 Best Companies to Work for in America" list. More recently,
the firm landed the #4 spot on the 2013 "Best Places to Work" list
compiled by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the
San Francisco Business Times. Multicultural Law
Magazine ranked the firm #1 on its "Top 100 Law Firms for
Hey Fenwick, What's Up?
Fenwick represented WhatsApp Inc., in its acquisition by Facebook,
Inc. What's WhatsApp? A cross-platform real-time mobile messaging
company growing by 450 million users each month. Both tech giants
share a mission to create more connectivity in the world through
affordable and effective internet services. Facebook acquired
WhatsApp for $19 billion, making the transaction the largest
private technology deal in history.
Success in Silicon Valley
Law360 named Fenwick as having the "Technology Group of
the Year." The accompanying profile noted, "Fenwick & West LLP
was an all-around technology powerhouse in 2013 as it advised a
roster that includes Silicon Valley's biggest names."
Kudos in California
The Recorder, a leading provider of legal news in
California, named Fenwick has having "California's Securities
Litigation Department of the Year." Fenwick was selected from over
20 other California law firms.
Fenwick received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign
Corporate Equality Index for the fifth straight year. Fenwick is
additionally recognized for its transgender-inclusive healthcare
coverage, which is provided by less than 50 percent of major U.S.
businesses. Businesses that achieve a rating of 100 percent in this
report are recognized as "Best Places to Work for LGBT
A Great Place to Work
Fenwick was recognized among the "Best Places to Work in the Bay
Area" for the seventh year by the San Francisco Business
Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business
Journal. The firm was the highest ranked law firm on the list.
The list recognizes companies with "the coolest workplaces that
foster creativity, morale and culture."
Top in Tech
Fenwick was counsel to the issuer or underwriter in four of the top
12 largest technology IPOs in 2013 (Veeva Systems, Tableau
Software, Chegg and Nimble Storage) and four of the top 10
largest technology IPOs in 2012 (Facebook, Workday, ServiceNow and