Benjamin Qiu is an associate in the emerging companies practice group and a member of the Cooley Business department. He joined the Firm in 2012 and is resident in the Shanghai office in China.
Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Qiu was Senior Counsel and Fund Director at Innovation Works, a prominent investment fund and start-up incubator based in Beijing and Shanghai for companies in the mobile computing, e-commerce, and cloud computing sectors. In addition to founding the legal team at Innovation Works, Mr. Qiu supervised the formation of three venture capital funds and the formation of over 50 early-stage technology companies and their subsequent financing rounds. He was instrumental in negotiating financing terms on behalf of Innovation Works and its portfolio companies, and he advised the companies on corporate governance and technology protection and licensing.
Mr. Qiu is a frequent speaker at local and international conferences on the subject of venture capital, the start-up company environment, and intellectual property in China.
Prior to Innovation Works, Mr. Qiu was an attorney with Lovells LLP (now Hogan Lovells) in Beijing and Shanghai. Prior to Lovells LLP, he clerked at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court in its Intellectual Property Division.
Mr. Qiu is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University Law (2005) and received a BA in Computer Science from Webster University in 2002.
- Santa Clara University School of Law
- Webster University