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Robert A. Freedman

Robert A. Freedman

Fenwick & West LLP

Boise, ID, CA, USA


Robert Freedman is co-chair of the Securities & Corporate Finance group and provides corporate and securities law services to late stage and public technology and life sciences companies. He leads initial public offerings and follow-on offerings of equity and debt, and focuses on advising boards and management on corporate and securities law compliance and disclosure matters. Rob has represented issuers and underwriters in securities offerings by public companies for over 20 years. Rob also concentrates on mergers and acquisitions and private financings for public companies.

Representative Clients:

  • Aeglea BioTherapeutics
  • AnaptysBio
  • Audentes Therapeutics
  • BioPharmX
  • Corium International
  • Concur Technologies
  • Data Domain
  • DexCom
  • Handspring
  • Keynetics
  • Loxo Oncology
  • Macromedia
  • Marvell Technology Group
  • Merrill Lynch & Co.
  • Opsware
  • OrbiMed Advisors
  • ProNAi Therapeutics
  • ServiceNow
  • Shutterfly
  • Silver Spring Networks
  • Thomas Weisel Partners
  • ZymoGenetics


Representative IPO Clients:

  • Aeglea BioTherapeutics
  • Castlight Health
  • Corium International
  • Cowen and Company
  • Dermira
  • DexCom
  • J.P. Morgan Securities
  • Loxo Oncology
  • Planet Payment
  • Piper Jaffray & Co.
  • ProNAi Therapeutics
  • ServiceNow
  • Shutterfly
  • Silver Springs Networks


Representative M&A and Tender Offer Experience:

  • DexCom acquisition of SweetSpot Diabetes Care
  • Zappos.com,’s acquisition by Amazon.com,
  • Alpha Innotech’s acquisition by Cell Biosciences
  • Data Domain’s acquisition by EMC
  • Cisco Systems’s acquisition of WebEx Communications
  • Macromedia’s merger with Adobe

Rob is admitted to practice only in California, Idaho and Washington. He received his A.B. degree in biochemistry and history in 1987 from Bowdoin College where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. degree, with distinction, in 1993 from Stanford University.

In 2015, Robert was recommended by The Legal 500 for his individual practice and role as co-chair of Fenwick’s corporate and securities practice, which was recognized as a team of “highly knowledgeable and flexible technology sector specialists.”

Rob is the co-chair for the Practising Law Institute’s “How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering” program.

Prior to law school, Rob was a banker for Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York.

Robert A. Freedman is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2017
How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Planning for Your Initial Public Offering (April 2017) - How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2017, Thursday, April 06, 2017
Planning for Your Initial Public Offering (April 2018) - How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2018, Wednesday, April 04, 2018
How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering: Considerations at the Planning Stage (PowerPoint slides) - How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2018, Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment The Accountant’s Perspective and Comfort Letters - How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2018, Monday, April 09, 2018
The IPO Preparation Process: From Whiteboard to Ringing the Bell - How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2018, Monday, April 09, 2018
Delving in: Hot Topics in the IPO Process - How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2018, Monday, April 09, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Accountant’s Perspective and Comfort Letters - The Accountant’s Perspective and Comfort Letters, Monday, April 09, 2018
Delving in: Hot Topics in the IPO Process - Delving in: Hot Topics in the IPO Process, Monday, April 09, 2018
The IPO Preparation Process: From Whiteboard to Ringing the Bell - The IPO Preparation Process: From Whiteboard to Ringing the Bell, Monday, April 09, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Delving in: Hot Topics in the IPO Process - Delving in: Hot Topics in the IPO Process, Monday, April 09, 2018
The IPO Preparation Process: From Whiteboard to Ringing the Bell - The IPO Preparation Process: From Whiteboard to Ringing the Bell, Monday, April 09, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Delving in: Hot Topics in the IPO Process - Delving in: Hot Topics in the IPO Process, Monday, April 09, 2018
The Accountant’s Perspective and Comfort Letters - The Accountant’s Perspective and Comfort Letters, Monday, April 09, 2018
The IPO Preparation Process: From Whiteboard to Ringing the Bell - The IPO Preparation Process: From Whiteboard to Ringing the Bell, Monday, April 09, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering 2018, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, New York, NY
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