Craig Dauchy


Iā€™m passionate about helping entrepreneurs and institutional investors raise funds for their ventures.

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Craig Dauchy is the former head of the fund formation practice group and a member of the management committee. He represents venture capital and private equity partnerships. He has participated in the formation of 450+ venture capital and private equity funds and in hundreds of venture capital financings.

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  • Lightstone Ventures Closes $250 Million Fund 

  • Clear Ventures Launches $120 Million Debut Fund 

  • Legal 500 Ranks Cooley in Tier 1 for VC and Emerging Companies  

  • PeakSpan Capital Closes First Fund at $150 Million 

  • Founders Fund Closes $1.3 Billion Fund 

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Craig Dauchy is an 'industry icon.' He offers tremendous experience guiding clients through the venture capital and private equity fund formation process. – Chambers USA, 2016

  • Stanford Law School
    JD, Order of the Coif, 1975

  • Stanford University
    MBA, 1975

  • Yale University
    BA, History
    magna cum laude, 1971

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association

  • Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association

Rankings & Accolades

    The Daily Journal: Top 100 Lawyers in California (2012, 2014-2015)

    Super Lawyers

    The Recorder: Cooley named Top Venture Capital Practice

    The Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Venture Capital Law (2015-2019) and Corporate Lawyer of the Year (2010)

    Chambers USA: Investment Funds – Venture Capital and California Corporate/M&A – Venture Capital (2015-2018)

    The Legal 500: Investment Fund Formation and Management – Private Equity Funds and M&A – Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2014) and Investment Fund Formation and Management – Private Equity Funds (2015)

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