Investment Funds: Venture Capital

Investment Funds: Venture Capital - Nationwide


Band 1 | Cooley LLP

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Boston.

What the team is known for Standout practice for venture capital fund formation. Unparalleled market knowledge and expertise working with venture funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an excellent reputation for fundraising but they are also great at partnership agreements and advising on T&Cs."

"Very helpful from a business standpoint and very practical. The way they deliver those services is very effective both in terms of responsiveness and attention to client service."

Work highlights Represented Redpoint Ventures in forming its fifth early-stage fund, which closed at $400 million.

Advised on the formation of Trinity Ventures XI. The $325 million fund will focus on investments in digital media as well as cloud and mobile infrastructure.

Notable practitioners  

Sources attest that Craig Dauchy is a "senior person with tons of experience who understands all the latest trends." One impressed client notes that, in terms of fund formation, "he is as good as they come."

Mark Tanoury is an experienced fund formation practitioner who receives praise for his "incredible business knowledge" as well as his "in-depth understanding of investment clients and company needs."

Eric Jensen is "collaborative and thoughtful with good people skills." He focuses on advising technology companies and has a wealth of experience handling IPOs.

Barbara Kosacz advises on venture capital matters in the life sciences arena, with one source noting that she is "extremely strong on the transactional side."

Life sciences expert Fred Muto has a fantastic reputation in the area, with broad strength also in corporate transactional matters.

Significant clients Lightspeed Venture Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Venrock, Sutter Hill Ventures, Foundation Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Mountain View, San Francisco and Seattle.

What the team is known for Preeminent group well known for its high-quality work for venture capital-backed startups and emerging companies. Recent work includes a number of technology IPOs.

Work highlights Advised camera manufacturer GoPro on Foxconn's $200 million investment in the firm.

Acted on behalf of Square on its series D financing, which raised $200 million.

Notable practitioners  

Gordon Davidson has a bustling practice and is a well-known figure in the venture capital space. One impressed source describes him as "the single best attorney I have ever met."

"Terrific lawyer" Mark Stevens has a varied practice advising everyone from small startups to investors and established public companies. He has a focus on the software and digital media industries.

Significant clients Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Lending Club, Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Silicon Valley and Boston.

What the team is known for Distinguished venture capital practice with a deep bench and a wide range of experience in the area. Known for both fund and company-side representation.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Dettmer maintains a busy practice representing private and public companies and various types of investment funds in a wide variety of transactions, including M&A and securities offerings.

"Extraordinary lawyer" Steven Franklin comes highly recommended by market sources. He is noted for his "ability to address complex tax issues that relate to venture capital funds" and "without hesitation is the premier venture capital fund lawyer and adviser."

Bob Gunderson has a "sterling reputation" in the venture capital space and has long been considered one of the top lawyers in Silicon Valley. He continues to act as primary outside counsel to key market players.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

What the team is known for Impressive practice known for its diversified client list and strong track record in a range of work including advising companies on venture deals and working with funds on their investments. Particularly strong ties with technology clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are an indigenous venture capital team and remain among the top groups in the area." 

Work highlights Advised biotechnology company Sequenta on its series C financing, which raised $20 million.

Represented Skyonic Corporation in its series C financing. The carbon-negative chemistry company raised $48 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Jeff Saper has a strong practice representing companies in the IPO stage and is described by sources as a "trusted leader with enormous amounts of experience."

Steven Bochner has decades of experience representing emerging companies in Silicon Valley. He recently advised Good Technology on its $50 million series C financing.

Market observers attest that Larry Sonsini is "one of the most prominent lawyers in Silicon Valley" and a legendary figure in the venture capital space.

Significant clients Apptio, Cheezburger, Indix, Photobucket, UnifySquare.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, Seattle and Reston, Virginia.

What the team is known for Highly regarded emerging growth and venture capital team. Extensive network of offices helps it service smaller clients dotted across the country and international clients with concerns across the globe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are really responsive and they are good at venture capital. They also focus on staying up to speed with what clients are doing."

"They can handle complex matters really well and are amazingly well coordinated between departments."

Work highlights Advised Groupon on a range of financing matters, including its $1.5 million series A financing of Interior Define and its $8.1 million bridge financing of CloudPay.

Represented Qualcomm Ventures in its role as lead investor in the $3 million series A financing of Starmaker Interactive.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Leavitt is "very well integrated into the community" and earns praise for going "above and beyond" for his clients, which include startups, investment funds and established companies. One source notes: "He can get us in the door with investors where we might not otherwise have the contacts." 

Jeffrey Lehrer is praised as "someone who understands the high growth business and the needs of a small business with no general counsel – someone who can act as general counsel at first and then reposition to support a general counsel." He is experienced handling a wide range of transactional matters, including M&A and securities offerings.

Significant clients Andreessen Horowitz, New Enterprise Associates, RetailMeNot, Battery Ventures, Trupanion.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston and Menlo Park.

What the team is known for Excellent fund formation team supported by a notable company-focused offering. Represents a broad mix of startups, investment funds and investment banks. Established presence in the country's main technology hubs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a strong emerging team with a national footprint. They also benefit from being industry diverse." 

Work highlights Advised Sequoia Capital on the formation of its fourth China fund and its fifth Israel fund.

Acted on the $40 million series G financing of Interactions Corporation as well as advising BitSight Technologies in its $24 million series A financing.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Axelrad is experienced forming venture-focused funds in Silicon Valley and is considered one of the leading practitioners in the space.

John Egan excels in transactional work and recently advised on a series A financing for Bitsight Technologies which raised $24 million.

Significant clients Accel Partners, Evernote, Sequoia Capital, Viddy, WePay.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Los Angeles and Menlo Park.

What the team is known for Prolific transactional team with a diverse client base, including technology, life science and cleantech companies. Impressive geographical coverage.

Work highlights Advised the data management company Actifio on its $50 million series D round of financing led by TCV.

Represented Duolingo in a series B financing round which raised $15 million.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Kaufman is as experienced as they come in handling complex and high-value transactions. His venture practice is boosted by public company expertise.

John Chory, global cochair of the firm's emerging companies practice, recently led the team which advised Actifio on its $50 million series D financing.

Patrick Pohlen is well respected by peers and clients. He advises venture-backed companies such as Duolingo, which he recently represented in a $15 million series B financing.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Menlo Park.

What the team is known for Prolific deal-closers with a client list that includes some of the most notable emerging companies in Silicon Valley. Broad industry expertise which includes cleantech, gaming and social networks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a strong practice in New York as well as their obvious strength on the West Coast." 

Work highlights Advised Bessemer Venture Partners on its $9.5 million series A investment in Defense.Net as well as its $51 million investment in Affirmed Networks.

Represented Pinterest in its $200 million series D financing.

Notable practitioners  

John Bautista leads the firm's emerging companies practice and is a key contact.

Significant clients Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, 23andMe, TOA Technologies, ZestFinance, PernixData.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Boston and Princeton.

What the team is known for Accomplished practice consisting of a deep bench of attorneys skilled in the full spectrum of venture capital matters. Areas of strength include company formation, IP, M&A, portfolio investments and employee benefits.

Work highlights Advised Comcast Ventures on its $22.5 million series B investment in cloud computing company Nebula and its $30 million series A investment in Fullscreen. 

Advised on the $35 million series D financing of Aquion Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Steve Cohen and Tom Kellerman are the key contacts are the firm.

Significant clients Acurian, Gilt Groupe, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, ModCloth, SJF Ventures.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, Seattle and Boise.

What the team is known for Rapidly expanding team with a particularly strong presence across the Pacific Northwest. Skilled representing clients from the interactive entertainment, cloud computing, e-commerce and digital media spheres in the complete range of venture capital matters.

Work highlights Represented Madrona Venture Group in its $6.7 million series A investment in GraphLab and in a $1 million series A investment in Bizible.

Advised Microsoft on its note purchase agreement and series C investment in Klout.

Notable practitioners

Buddy Arnheim is a key contact at the firm. 

Significant clients Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Media Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, The Raine Group, Sequoia Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Diego.

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with ties to key industries in California. Clients praise the team's skill in representing portfolio companies and in SEC compliance, M&A public filings and early and mid-stage financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I genuinely love working with Pillsbury. They have performed above and beyond our expectations in all areas. I have no criticism, constructive or otherwise, to speak of."

Work highlights Represented Petco in its $3.5 million series B investment in, the former's first venture into early-stage company financing.

Advised InnFocus on its $13 million series B financing.

Notable practitioners  

The "impressive" Jorge del Calvo is known for his vast experience representing technology companies in public offerings, joint ventures and M&A. "He has a very good ability to complement the legal expertise with sound business judgment," comments one interviewee.

Significant clients Accellion, Biogen Idec, Janus Technologies, Mitsui Ventures, Tilera Corporation.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Quality practice displaying skill in venture capital matters for the energy, life sciences and TMT sectors. Strong international network of offices gives clients access to jurisdictional expertise in Europe and Asia.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Hurlbert is the key contact at the firm.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Palo Alto and Roseland, New Jersey.

What the team is known for Busy practice with a strong presence in California and New York. Notable skill in fund formation, financing, strategy and counseling of portfolio companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were extremely diligent, supportive and dedicated to protecting our company. We were extremely happy with the outcome and their efforts. I would never consider using another firm."

"What really sets the Lowenstein team apart is how much value they add outside just legal work. The team's connections to the technology community, relationships with very strategic individuals and community-building event programs all really differentiate the Lowenstein product in my mind." 

Work highlights Represented Yext in its sale of Felix, and its related $27 million series E preferred stock financing.

Advised Moda Operandi on its $36 million series C funding. 

Notable practitioners  

Edward Zimmerman is a well-known figure in the market who has an impressive venture capital practice. Sources remark: "He is extremely well connected and a lawyer who understands early-stage finance like no other.”

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Blank Rome LLP's Louis Rappaport is experienced in matters including venture capital funding transactions, IP licensing and securities offerings. An admiring client states: "He is just superb in all respects – knowledge, experience, professionalism – as well as being a pleasure to work with. He is a tireless advocate for his clients."

Gregory Davidson is cochair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's emerging technologies practice. He is admired for his vast expertise in venture capital matters. "He's just a smart business guy – he's a thinker and he helps us make better business decisions," said a client.

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