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What the team is known for Formidable corporate boutique that maintains a strong position in the market, representing startups and emerging growth companies as well as providing fund formation advice. Particularly adept at venture capital financing and also frequently advises on private and public offerings, M&A and corporate governance. Offers particular expertise counseling companies in the life sciences, technology and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths A client appreciates that the firm "is able to handle all aspects of fund formation."

Sources also point out the lawyers' "ability to delve into the details" and their "encyclopedic knowledge of the issues at hand."

Work highlights Represented DoorDash in its $600 million Series G financing led by Sands Capital Ventures and Darsana Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners


Bob Gunderson
has an impressive reputation as "a legend in the business." He serves as chairman of the firm and has a wealth of experience advising growth companies on their financing.


Scott Dettmer
has built a strong reputation for advising high-profile clients on major financings. He focuses his venture capital practice on the representation of both investors and companies in the technology and life sciences markets.

Interviewees highlight
Sean Caplice
for the "big part he has played in the industry for a number of years." His extensive market experience makes him highly sought after to advise sponsors on the formation of funds to be invested in the US and internationally.

One client describes as
Steven Franklin
"the best venture fund lawyer in the US." He receives high praise for his knowledge of all aspects of the raising and management of funds.