Cooley LLP

Venture Capital Department

California
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What the team is known for Market-leading practice catering to emerging companies, investors and venture capital funds in significant financing and corporate transactions. Offers first-class advice on fund formation and fund structuring. Particularly impressive experience representing companies and funds active in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Strengths One source states that the firm is "excellent for venture capital fundraising and investing."

Another source appreciates that "you get good access to a partner who is familiar with the ecosystem of startups."

A client says: "They have a very efficient process and they're very knowledgeable."

Work highlights Advised Lightspeed China Partners on the closing of its fourth family of venture capital funds, with total commitments of $560 million.

Notable practitioners


Eric Jensen
is known among peers as an "excellent" resource in the emerging companies space. He regularly advises technology companies on their financing.


Fred Muto
is recognized across the market as an "excellent" attorney for fund sponsors and growth companies. He is particularly well known as "one of the leading biotech and life sciences attorneys" in the state.


John Clendenin
advises on the lifecycle of emerging companies and has a wealth of experience advising sponsors on the raising and closing of funds. Clients say: "He is incredibly responsive and provides good and practical solutions to problems."

As head of the firm's fund formation practice,
John Dado
's work includes advising sponsors on the raising and closing of sector-focused investment vehicles, as well as counseling institutional investors. "He is one of the go-to guys for fund formation," says a source.


Jordan Silber
attracts particular attention for his knowledge of the Chinese market as it relates to fund formation. Clients enthuse: "He is not only very knowledgeable on the legal matters that pertain to our business, but also takes a very practical business approach."


Mark Tanoury
is especially well regarded for the advice he supplies to companies and investors in the technology industry. "He's very knowledgeable and practical," say interviewees.


Rachel Proffitt
is notable for her ability to advise growing businesses throughout their lifecycle. Her work in the venture capital space includes the representation of both company- and investor-side clients in early-stage financings.


Shane Goudey
applies his considerable fund formation expertise to the representation of venture capital sponsors through all stages of the process.