Cooley LLP

Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Distinguishes itself as primary fund counsel to innumerable funds within the ambit of venture capital, ranging from preeminent market players to up-and-coming managers. Able to advise on an array of fund formation operations, including evergreen, growth equity and fund of funds, in sectors such as technology, healthcare and social media. Capable of representing fund managers on a global scale.

Strengths One client comments that the firm is "amazing" and highlights the team's "excellent service and prioritization of my needs."

Others remark that the lawyers are "tremendous," adding that "they're very business-minded and very creative."

A source reports that "the team is great and the best thing is their responsiveness and practical solutions to problems."

Work highlights Advised Menlo Ventures on the closing of The Inflection Fund at $500 million.

Notable practitioners


John Clendenin
regularly assists asset management firms establishing funds focused on the healthcare and technology markets. Sources remark that he is an "impressive" practitioner and highlight his "collaborative approach."


John Dado
is admired for his profound understanding of the formation and operation of funds. Clients appreciate that "he knows both the technical aspects involved in fund formation and combines that with amazing commercial astuteness," adding that "he knows the venture market incredibly well."

Clients commend
Jordan Silber
as "very knowledgeable, not only on the legal matters that pertain to our business, but also for taking a very practical business approach." He is recognized for his prominent practice launching funds investing in the US and China.


Nicole Peppe
is proficient in the formation of US and international venture capital funds. Clients describe her as "a very creative lawyer" who "knows the venture market exceptionally well."

Sources single out
Shane Goudey
as a "phenomenal"  venture capital attorney. He receives widespread praise for his knowledge of raising significant funds.