Venture Capital

In 1959, Cooley formed the first institutional venture capital limited partnership in the western United States: Draper, Gaither and Anderson. Built upon five decades of experience, our venture capital practice has the client volume, market presence, expertise and breadth of experience that make Cooley one of the foremost authorities on venture capital fund formation nationally.

'A dominant service provider to venture capital funds.' 'Incredible knowledge and expertise; the service [Cooley] provides, from inception through to final closing, is nothing short of superb.'

The Legal 500 (2013)

Our Venture Capital group was specifically organized to provide sophisticated counsel to venture capital and other private equity funds in connection with their fundraising, governance and investment activities.

As a natural extension of these relationships, Cooley is established as a leader in representing both emerging growth companies and venture capital funds in venture capital financings.

Areas of Practice

Key Facts

  • Primary fund counsel to over 300 investment fund organizations
  • Recent year activity: close 60 new funds on average annually
  • Close more than 650 venture capital financings annually
  • Assist venture lenders in closing approximately 150 financings annually
  • Ranked as national leaders by Chambers USA 2014 and Legal 500

Related Practices

"Top Venture Capital Practice"

Cooley's venture capital practice was recognized by The Recorder as the "Top Venture Capital Practice" in California. Read here.

Cooley's Fund
Compliance Checklist

An interactive guide to help PE and VC firms track regulatory, tax and contractual compliance. Click here.

The Deal with Jim Fulton

Partner Jim Fulton is interviewed by The Deal discussing the downturn in M&A in the tech scene, the significant increase in IPOs this year, and the venture capital climate. Watch here.


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