Jennifer Fitchen is a partner in Sidley Austin’s Palo Alto office and is a leader of the firm’s Northern California M&A group. She counsels public and private companies on both friendly and hostile acquisition transactions, divestitures and spin-outs, mergers-of-equals, going-private transactions, deals involving earnouts and contingent value rights, and complex structures such as inversion, double-dummy and reverse morris trust transactions. Her experience includes over 130 transactions involving in excess of $80 billion in value and more than 20 years practicing in Northern California. Recognized as “one of Silicon Valley’s leading M&A lawyers handling complex technology and life sciences transactions,” she has been on the faculty of the ABA’s annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions since 2011. Jen lectures around the country on M&A-related matters, including at events hosted by Stanford University, the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Practicing Law Institute and other professional organizations. Chambers USA has ranked Jen as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of Corporate/M&A every year since 2011. LMG Life Sciences recognized her as a “Life Sciences Star” in the Finance & Transactional category in both 2015 and 2016.