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 San Francisco, Palo Alto and DC.

What the team is known for Esteemed group with substantial expertise in representing venture capital funds at all stages. Represents a number of prominent venture fund managers investing in a range of areas including social media, healthcare and biotechnology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"No one knows VC like Cooley. What is really impressive to us is that, in addition to their level of expertise, their responsiveness is off the charts throughout the ranks."

"This is a firm that is extremely professional and well respected with outstanding customer focus."

"They are very team-oriented and bring tax and other experts to the table as necessary so we feel like we have full access to the Cooley experts."

Work highlights Assisted Sutter Hill Ventures with Pure Storage's $150 million round of funding.

Represented Institutional Venture Partners on a number of investment activities, including the $60 million financing of Soundcloud and $130 million financing of Supercell.

Notable practitioners  

Craig Dauchy heads the practice group and specializes in representing venture capital and private equity partnerships. He is described by sources as a "luminary" on the fund formation matters and is praised by clients for providing a "quick, efficient and thorough service."

Mark Tanoury is regarded by clients as "intelligent, knowledgeable and efficient." He has a broad corporate practice with a focus on the formation and financing of venture capital partnerships and emerging growth companies.

Ian O'Donnell represents venture capital funds in relation to fund formation and private and public financing transactions. His recent experience includes assisting Maiden Lane in the closing of a $25 million fund.

The "outstanding" Jordan Silber is "knowledgeable, practical, and highly responsive," market sources say. He serves as primary fund counsel to a diverse base of fund managers and has particular experience with investments in China.

Aaron Velli represents investors and emerging growth companies in a range of corporate and securities transactions. He has particular experience in fund formation and venture capital financings. Sources say: "He is extremely good at handling negotiations with a great mix of diplomacy and firmness."

Associate to watch Huaying Daisy Qi focuses on the formation and representation of domestic and international investment funds. She frequently advises funds focusing on China.

Significant clients GGV Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners China, Norwest Venture Partners, Venrock.

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

What the team is known for A premier venture funds group with expertise advising clients investing in North America and China. Has a superb reputation for its fund formation experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They represent a group of leading VC funds which translates directly into having market knowledge, depth and expertise that is really unmatched."

"They are efficient and very service-oriented. They continue to grow and expand to match the overwhelming demand for services."

"They are a quality firm with a great reputation and the folks are very commercial."

Work highlights Represented 5AM Ventures in its formation of 5AM Venture IV and its affiliated fund, 5AM Co-Investors.

Assisted Benchmark Capital in its formation of Benchmark Capital Partners and its affiliated funds Benchmark Founders’ Fund VIII-B and Benchmark Founders’ Fund VIII.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Franklin is hailed by an interviewee as "the godfather of VC fund attorneys." Sources say "he has unbelievable attention to detail and a great drafting ability."

Bob Gunderson has a good reputation for his advice to a number of leading venture capital firms. His recent experience includes acting as general counsel to Foresite Capital in relation to its Foresite Capital Fund II.

Significant clients Andreessen Horowitz, Spark Capital, August Capital, Union Square Ventures, Tiger Global.

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

What the team is known for Thriving practice with a host of new client wins in the past year. Considerable expertise in venture capital fund formation with broad experience in raising domestic and international funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a deep bench of lawyers with expertise in a variety of areas and are therefore well equipped to assist us in many areas."

"The lawyers we deal with are responsive, informative and give good practical advice with a business focus."

Work highlights Assisted Sequoia Capital in the formation of its three latest funds: US Growth Fund VI, India IV, China Growth Fund III.

Represented Level Equity in the formation and closing of its second fund, Level Equity Growth Partners II, with $225 million in total commitments.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Axelrad focuses on the formation and operation of venture capital funds. He has experience advising on international fund structures, with particular experience in China funds.

Significant clients Atlas Venture, Khosla Ventures, Benchmark Capital, Magma Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Excellent private funds group with considerable experience in the venture space. Loyal client base includes investment firms investing in a diverse range of asset classes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Proskauer has an exceptional grasp of market conditions, trends and issues."

"They have a real depth of bench. I'm yet to find an area in which Proskauer doesn't have extensive experience."

Work highlights Assisted General Catalyst Partners in raising General Catalyst VII with total commitments of approximately $675 million.

Acted on behalf of Charles River Ventures in its closing of Charles River Ventures XVI.

Notable practitioners  

Robin Painter acts on behalf of sponsors in the formation of private investment funds and fund of funds. One client comments: "She's extraordinarily valuable as a senior adviser to the general partners at our firm. She's the one that really helps our firm through the tougher issues."

Howard Beber is a "technician with a very good legal mind but he also understands the business aspects," clients say. He represents sponsors, general partners and institutional investors on a range of fund matters.

Significant clients Frazier Healthcare Ventures, Third Rock Ventures, New Leaf Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Scale Venture Partners.

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

What the team is known for Good and growing reputation for advising emerging companies and venture capital funds on investments. Also has considerable regulatory and corporate governance expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very commercial in their approach." 

Work highlights Advised NextNav on its Series D funding worth $70 million led by Oak Investment Partners and New Enterprise Associates.

Counseled New York University on a $70 million financing by Spin Transfer Technologies.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Hurlburt at the firm's New York office is a key contact.

Significant clients Founders Fund, Northzone Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, MedImmune Ventures, New Enterprise Associates.

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

What the team is known for Advises start-up companies and venture funds on equity financings. Focuses on counseling clients in the technology sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good across a wide range of disciplines and offer a high level of service."

Work highlights Advised Hotel Tonight in its Series D financing.

Represented Cloudera in its Series F financing.

Notable practitioners

Ralph Arnheim at the firm's Palo Alto office and Melanie Rubocki of the firm's Boise office are key contacts.

Significant clients Innovation Endeavors, LightSpeed Venture Partners, New Media Ventures, Triangle Peak Partners, Madrona Venture Group. 

Band 3 | WilmerHale

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices are Boston and Palo Alto.

What the team is known for Established team with considerable experience advising funds and emerging companies on financings. Clients include US and European venture capital firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are highly responsive and attuned to the market." 

"They're very responsive, they put the right people on the right things and they're very easy and flexible to deal with."

Work highlights Represented Spark Capital on GetYourGuide's Series B financing.

Advised AdsWizz in a preferred stock financing.

Notable practitioners

Mick Bain at the firm's Boston office is a key contact.

Significant clients Altiostar Networks, Reflexis Systems, Kensho, DataXu, Tokai Pharmaceuticals.

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