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Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian

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Managing Partner: David T. Young
Number of partners: 85
Number of lawyers: 270
Languages: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Gunderson Dettmer has more than 270 lawyers singularly focused on the global venture capital and emerging companies ecosystem, across nine offices in key markets throughout the world. The firm represents more than 2,500 venture-backed companies and over 450 of the world’s top venture capital and growth equity firms, including thousands of their underlying funds. For venture-backed companies, the firm provides guidance from launch through IPO and beyond, becoming extensions of their management teams as they prepare for their next stage of growth. For funds, the firm routinely negotiates close to one-third of every venture capital dollar raised worldwide and is the recognized global leader in the representation of venture capital and other growth equity funds in its investment activities, negotiating more than 1,000 venture and growth financings every year.

Main Areas of Practice:
Emerging Companies
Venture & Growth Financings
IP & Tech Transactions
Executive Compensation
Labor & Employment
Privacy & Data Security
Maturing & Public Companies
IPO & Public Offerings
General Fund Representation
Fund Formation
Investor Side Financings

Emerging & Maturing Companies:
54 partners
Gunderson’s corporate lawyers focus exclusively on the emerging technology market, making them uniquely qualified to help management, Boards and investors achieve their goals — whether raising capital, achieving a successful M&A or IPO transaction or thriving as a public company. The firm’s lawyers represent technology and life science companies of all sizes in the US, India, China, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and other markets globally.

Intellectual Property:
9 partners
The firm’s IP team routinely works on 100+ significant strategic transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors every year, including dozens of strategic partnering deals. The team has done every type of deal that emerging, maturing and public companies undertake as they develop, acquire and monetize technologies and create new business models to bring products to market.

Venture Capital & Growth Equity:
14 partners
Gunderson is the world’s leading law firm for venture capital and growth equity funds. The firm’s fund lawyers provide practical guidance on a full range of operational, formation, investment and liquidity issues for more than 450 fund firms and negotiate close to 1/3 of every venture capital dollar raised worldwide — more than any other firm in the world. The firm’s market leadership ensures the most timely guidance on emerging trends and unrivaled business and strategic advice.

Executive Compensation:
5 partners
Gunderson lawyers are steeped in the tax, corporate and securities, labor and employment and related technical complexities that govern compensation arrangements. The firm’s team designs compensation plans that are essential to emerging growth and maturing companies’ ability to attract and retain top talent.

Labor & Employment:
1 partner
Gunderson’s employment lawyers know the issues that technology and life sciences companies confront daily and leverage their keen understanding of industry contexts to provide unique insight and solutions.

7 partners
From formation to financing to exit, the firm’s tax lawyers advise founders, executives and investors on tax matters at each stage of the business growth cycle. Gunderson’s tax team provides guidance on structuring transactions and ongoing counsel for tax planning and compliance issues. The firm recognizes that tax advantages and business purposes often conflict, and the tax team is adept at figuring out how to achieve the right balance to serve its clients.

International Work:
With over 1,900 transactions completed outside of the US since 2014, Gunderson Dettmer lawyers are intimately familiar with the tax, structuring, regulatory and comparative law aspects of cross-border and international investing and representation.

Gunderson maintains the pre-eminent China-focused venture capital fund practice, combining extensive Silicon Valley experience with a deep knowledge of the local China market. The firm has extensive expertise in both fund and company representation and structuring cross-border financings at all stages.

India & Southeast Asia:
With the 2016 opening of Gunderson’s Singapore office, the firm solidified its presence in the region. Gunderson represents some of the highest funded Indian and Southeast Asian technology companies as well as a number of investors active in the region. The firm also handled the most highly-valued private sell-side M&A deal in history — Flipkart’s $16 billion acquisition by Walmart in 2018.

Latin America:
Gunderson represents a dominant share of the leading tech companies in Latin America and has negotiated most of the largest venture capital transactions in the region. The firm has relationships with virtually every significant local investor and key government bodies supporting market development such as: INADEM in Mexico, CORFO in Chile, Innpulsa in Colombia, Ministerio de Produccion of the Argentine Republic, as well as a wide array of local law firms.