John Clendenin


Working in the heart of Silicon Valley, I’ve been able to collaborate with some of the most successful investment firms in the world.

John's practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international investment funds, including venture capital, private equity, fund-of-funds, secondary funds and special opportunity funds in connection with their formation, operation and investment activities. He has represented sponsor organizations in the formation of over 50 fund programs, ranging from some of the most well-known multi-billion dollar investment firms to much smaller firms forming seed and early-stage venture capital, angel and similar microcap funds.  In addition to his fund formation practice, John also represents a number of emerging growth companies in financing transactions and general corporate matters. 

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  • UP.Partners Closes $230 Million Fund 

  • IVP Closes $1.8 Billion Fund to Back Later-Stage Growth Companies 

  • Industry Ventures Closes Oversubscribed Secondary Fund at $850 Million 

  • Institutional Venture Partners Raises $1.5 Billion for Sixteenth Fund 

  • Westlake Village BioPartners Launches Inaugural Fund With $320 Million 

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No one knows VC like Cooley. What is really impressive to us is that, in addition to their level of expertise, their responsiveness is off the charts throughout the ranks. – Chambers USA

  • University of California, Davis School of Law
    JD, 2005

  • University of California, Davis
    MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, 2005

  • University of Washington
    BA, magna cum laude, 2001

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Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers: Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation, California and USA - Nationwide (2020 – 2021)

    Legal 500: Investment Funds: Private Equity Funds (including Venture Capital) (2020)