Kris S.Withrow

Partner at Fenwick & West LLP

Kris S.Withrow

Kris S.Withrow

Partner at Fenwick & West LLP


Kris Withrow has completed over 250 domestic and cross-border mergers, and has been included as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 20 attorneys in California under the age of 40 in 2012, as well as the Global M&A Networks 2014 list of Top 50 Dealmakers in North America.

Kris frequently counsels a wide range of public and private companies in their strategic acquisitions and exit events (including companies in the hardware, software, Internet, social networking and life sciences sectors), as well as day-to-day counseling of public and private companies on a wide range of matters. Kris strives to provide clients with an effective, pragmatic and budget-sensitive approach to legal, business and transaction-based needs.

Representative Sell Side Domestic Transactions:

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* LearnVest’s acquisition by Northwestern Mutual
* Eyefluence’s acquisition by Google
* Kanjoya’s acquisition by Ultimate Software
* Urban Engines’ acquisition by Google
* BeyondCore’s acquisition by Salesforce
* Hayneedle’s acquisition by
* Rise Labs’ acquisition by One Medical Group
* Ustream’s acquisition by IBM
* Opsmatic’s acquisition by New Relic
* Fliptop’s acquisition by LinkedIn
* Revere Digital’s acquisition by Vox Media
* TrialPay’s acquisition by Visa
* Xtime’s acquisition by Cox Automotive
* BBA’s (Meldium) acquisition by LogMeIn
* Technicolor Creative Services USA’s acquisition by Flipboard
* Schematic Labs’ acquisition by Rhapsody
* Caring’s acquisition by Bankrate
* Convertro’s acquisition by AOL
* Basis Science’s acquisition by Intel
* BlueKai’s acquisition by Oracle
* Framehawk’s acquisition by Citrix Systems

Representative Sell Side Cross Border Transactions:

* AppLovin’s acquisition by Orient Hontai Capital (China)
* Intacct’s (US) acquisition by The Sage Group (United Kingdom)?

* MySQL’s (Sweden) acquisition by Sun Microsystems (US)
* Maluuba’s (Canada) acquisition by Microsoft (US)
* Lohika Systems’ (US) acquisition by Altran (France)
* Anglepoint Group’s (US) acquisition by Crayon Group (Norway)
* Wunderkinder’s (Germany) acquisition by Microsoft (US)
* Gainspeed’s (US) acquisition by Nokia (Finland)
* Peixe Urbano’s (Brazil) acquisition by Baidu (China)
* Shopkick’s acquisition by SK Planet (Korea)

Representative Buy Side Transactions:

* Proofpoint’s acquisition of FireLayers (Israel), Return Path, Socialware, Marble Security, Emerging Threats, Nexgate and NetCitadel
* Vocera Communications’ acquisition of Extension Healthcare
* GoPro’s acquisition of Splice
* Cisco System’s acquisition of Acano Limited (UK)
* InfoNam’s merger with Paxterra Solutions to form Terralogic
* Pandora Media’s acquisition of Ticketfly
* Zuora’s acquisition of Frontleaf
* Fitbit’s acquisition of Fitstar
* Twitter’s acquisition of TapCommerce
* Multiple cross border transactions for eBay


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Partner at Fenwick & West LLP

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

Graduate, Undergraduate Students' Honor Society

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

Associate Editor

Founded in 1994, Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review was one of the first law journals to use interactive media to promote informed discourse about the interrelated legal, social, business, and public policy issues raised by emerging technologies. As one of the original online law journals in the world, MTTLR is a ground-breaking publication.

Career History
2004 - Current

Fenwick & West LLP is a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence. The company's practice areas include antitrust and unfair competition, appellate, complex business litigation, copyright, corporate and securities, employment & labor, executive compensation & benefits, intellectual property and IP litigation. It offers legal advisory services in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, patent prosecution, privacy and information security. Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.

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