Press Release

Cooley Boosts Global Fund Formation Practice With New York Hire

June 17, 2024

New York – June 17, 2024 – Jaclyn Rabin has joined Cooley’s fund formation practice group as a partner in the New York office. She will focus on advising private equity and venture capital clients on a broad range of fund formation matters. Rabin previously was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis; she also was chief compliance officer of Thrive Capital, a New York‐based venture capital firm focused on investments in internet, software and technology-enabled companies. Most recently, Jaclyn founded New Austin Venture Advisory, a Texas‐based provider of strategic, legal and operations support for asset managers.

“Jaclyn’s arrival significantly strengthens Cooley’s fund formation capabilities in New York and on the East Coast,” said Sonya Erickson, chair of Cooley’s global business department. “Her breadth of experience in venture capital and deep ties to private equity make her the perfect fit as we aim to bolster our funds platform in the New York market.”

“Jaclyn is an exceptional addition to Cooley’s global fund formation practice, and we are delighted she has joined our team,” said John Dado, partner and head of Cooley’s fund formation practice. “Jaclyn’s entrepreneurial bent and extensive experience across the full spectrum of funds will be a fantastic fit – and a major benefit to our venture capital and private equity clients.”

Rabin is a versatile fund formation lawyer in the private funds space, with extensive experience in venture capital and private equity, and unique insights to offer emerging venture and middle market buyout managers. Rabin has advised on tens of billions of dollars in private fund formations across strategies – including venture capital, growth equity, middle market and buyout funds, as well as sector-specific funds focusing on technology, healthcare, business services, consumer/retail, energy, infrastructure, and “hard asset” investments. Her practice includes representation of institutional limited partners, senior investment professionals and prominent placement agents.

“Cooley’s track record of pioneering solutions for the world’s most forward-thinking companies and investment funds is unparalleled,” Rabin said. “I am delighted to join a team that deeply values entrepreneurship and collaboration, and seamlessly aligns with the needs of the exceptional clients I have the privilege of partnering with daily. We see a tremendous opportunity to propel the group’s market-leading funds practice to new heights on the East Coast.”

With a team of 50+ lawyers focusing full time on fund formation, Cooley is primary fund counsel to more than 750 investment fund organizations. Since 2022, the team has advised 800+ fund clients on closings, with more than $80 billion in total committed capital. The global practice represents venture capital, growth equity, private equity, and fund-of-funds managers with primary operations and/or investments in the US, Asia and Europe. The group also runs Vanilla by Cooley, a proprietary, cloud-based solution for raising and administering private, closed-end investment funds, and TheFundLawyer, a blog with legal and tax insights for venture capital fund managers.

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