Washington, DC – September 21, 2021 – Cooley advised QED Investors, a global fintech venture capital firm, on the closing of two new funds totaling $1.05 billion. Aaron Velli, Katelyn Kimber and Christine Zhao led the Cooley team advising QED.
QED is known for its singular focus on fintech and more than 250 combined years of operator experience. The newly formed funds are comprised of QED Fund VII, a $550 million early-stage fund, and QED Growth Fund, a $500 million growth-stage fund. The capital will allow QED to continue to invest in fintech companies primarily in the US, UK, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
“Fund VII is the largest proof point we have that proves that our model is working,” Nigel Morris, QED managing partner and co-founder, said in a statement. “Over the past 14 years, our team has utilized its extensive experience as operators-turned-investors to help companies achieve breakthrough growth. We are certainly proud of our portfolio of companies and look forward to leaning into the significant opportunity the market has to offer. We have been doubling down on fintech since 2007 and are thrilled to continue to play a key role in fintech’s future growth.”
“We are grateful for the support the entire Cooley team has provided QED over the years,” Morris added. “While investing in the right companies is an essential part of running a successful VC business, it’s equally important to get the best legal advice. It is a blessing to work with a team that understands the pacing, risk and nuance of venture capital as Cooley does and we couldn’t be happier with our relationship.”
QED is dedicated to building great businesses and uses a unique, hands-on approach that leverages its partners’ decades of entrepreneurial and operational experience, helping companies achieve breakthrough growth.
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