The semiconductor industry is the foundation of the modern-day technology industry, and representing companies in the sector has been central to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's practice since the firm's inception more than 50 years ago. After all, the fast-moving, tech-fueled momentum that was driven by semiconductors and chips led to the birth of Silicon Valley.
Through our longtime transactional work for many of the leading semiconductor industry players, we helped to finance and build much of today's semiconductor industry. Our connections to early-stage chip businesses and our relationships with semiconductor industry veterans remain intact, even as the sector has matured in conjunction with technology advances and market cycles.
The firm's attorneys continue to demonstrate their mastery of legal matters facing semiconductor companies of all types and sizes, from U.S.-based start-ups seeking venture capital financing to global, integrated device manufacturers based abroad. They have developed comprehensive industry experience, working with clients focused on, for example:
- Developing logic, programmable, analog, mixed signal, and memory chips
- Integrated device manufacturing
- Application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs)
- Electronic design automation (EDA) software
- Offshore foundry operations
- Chip packaging
- Manufacturing, testing, and measurement equipment
- Related chip technologies, such as micro-electronic mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology
In addition, we have extensive experience representing venture capitalists who fund semiconductor start-ups.
With more than 700 attorneys, WSGR provides semiconductor industry clients with representation in a broad range of areas, including:
- Corporate Governance
- Employee Benefits and Compensation
- Employment Litigation
- Finance and Structured Finance
- Intellectual Property
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Real Estate
- Regulatory and Compliance
- Tax and Tax Equity
- Technology Transactions