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Fenwick & West LLP

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Mountain View, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai

Michael Esquivel

Fenwick & West LLP

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Michael focuses his practice on strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies primarily in the digital/mobile health, Internet, social networking, information technology and clean technologies industries in all aspects of general corporate and corporate securities law—from formation and corporate governance responsibilities to equity incentives and employment issues to intellectual property and commercial transactions. He has negotiated and structured a wide variety of corporate transactions including: seed and venture capital financings, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and debt financings. In addition, Michael has represented and advised venture capitalists and investment banks. Michael's activity in the growing digital health and healthcare IT industries includes serving as an advisor to the sector's leading incubator, Rock Health. He is a regular contributor to Fenwick's Life Sciences Legal Insights blog where he writes about digital health and mhealth topics.


Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Michael served as the General Counsel for a venture-backed healthcare IT company based in Palo Alto. While in law school, Michael served as a law clerk extern to the Honorable Alex J. Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


He is fluent in Spanish.

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Venture capital and emerging companies

Within: Venture capital and emerging companies

Fenwick & West LLP is widely recognised for its expertise in early-stage financings and growth company work. The team, which is predominantly based in Silicon Valley, is 'in a league of its own', according to a client. San Francisco and New York are other core hubs for the group. Technology and life sciences matters dominate the firm's workload, and it is also well known for handling cryptocurrency, digital health, and gaming mandates. Highlights included San Francisco-based partner Samuel Angus acting for software development company GitHub in its $7.5bn acquisition by Microsoft, while renowned practitioner Cynthia Hess advised technology fitness company Peloton on its $550m Series F financing, which was led by growth equity firm TCV. In another matter, Michael Esquivel advised mobile marketing platform AppLovin on its $400m investment from KKR. Gordon Davidson is another formidable practitioner, and other key partners include Mark Leahy, who shares leadership of the practice with Hess; Mark Stevens, who has established expertise in gaming sector mandates; and New York-based Kristine Di Bacco. Unless stated otherwise, named lawyers are based in Silicon Valley. Ted Wang has left the firm.

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