John Clendenin

Partner and Business Department Vice Chair
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The investment firms I work with span the globe. I help them navigate legal and business challenges from their formation through their operation and investment activities.

Experience

Venrock Closes 10th Fund at $650 Million

January 8, 2024

Cooley advised Venrock on the close of its 10th fund at $650 million. After raising approximately $450 million every three years throughout the past decade’s bull market, Venrock raised the $650 million for Venrock 10 to generate greater follow-on reserves in the current market environment.

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Eric Doherty
Partner, San Francisco
John Clendenin
Partner and Business Department Vice Chair, Palo Alto
Christopher Kimball
Partner, Washington, DC
Bernard Hatcher
Partner, San Francisco
Stacey Song
Partner, New York
Patrick Gibbs
Partner, Palo Alto
Jimmy Matteucci
Partner, Palo Alto
William Corcoran
Of Counsel, Boston
Paul Roberts
Of Counsel, San Francisco
Casey Schulte
Special Counsel, Palo Alto
Yulia Makarova
Special Counsel, London
Leslie Cancel
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Brent Gage
Associate, Palo Alto
Steven A. Zuckerman
Associate, New York
Annie Reid
Paralegal Specialist, Palo Alto
Julie Rogers
Paralegal Specialist, Palo Alto

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Sierra Ventures Launches $265 Million Fund XIII

September 12, 2023

Cooley advised Sierra Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focusing on emerging technology companies, on its $265 million Fund XIII.

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John Clendenin
Partner and Business Department Vice Chair, Palo Alto
Paul Roberts
Of Counsel, San Francisco
Bernard Hatcher
Partner, San Francisco
Stacey Song
Partner, New York
Sean Murphy
Partner, Singapore
Francis Wheeler
Partner, Colorado
Stuyvie Pyne
Associate, New York
Annie Reid
Paralegal Specialist, Palo Alto

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Arboretum Ventures Closes $268 Million Sixth Fund

July 10, 2023

Cooley advised Arboretum Ventures, a healthcare venture capital firm, on the closing of its $268 million sixth fund.

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John Clendenin
Partner and Business Department Vice Chair, Palo Alto
Rachel Goddard
Partner, Chicago
Paul Roberts
Of Counsel, San Francisco
Leah Duncan
Associate, Chicago
Julie Rogers
Paralegal Specialist, Palo Alto

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Vesey Ventures Announces $78 Million Debut Fund

April 28, 2023

Cooley advised Vesey Ventures, an early-stage venture firm focusing on financial services solutions, on the closing of its $78 million debut fund.

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John Clendenin
Partner and Business Department Vice Chair, Palo Alto
Elizabeth Reese
Partner, San Francisco
Stacey Song
Partner, New York
Paul Roberts
Of Counsel, San Francisco
James Linfield
Senior Counsel, Colorado
Fiona Hayman
Associate, San Francisco

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Ridge Ventures Closes $180 Million Ridge V Fund

April 27, 2023

Cooley advised Ridge Ventures, an early-stage venture firm investing in software, on the closing of Ridge Ventures V, L.P. (Ridge V) and related entities at $180 million, its largest fund to date.

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John Clendenin
Partner and Business Department Vice Chair, Palo Alto
Katia MacNeill
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Molly Buchanan
Associate, Washington, DC

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Rankings & accolades

Chambers USA: Venture Capital: Fund Formation – Nationwide (2020 – 2023)

Chambers USA: Venture Capital: Fund Formation – California (2020 – 2023)

The Legal 500: Investment Fund Formation and Management – Private Equity Funds (including Venture Capital) (2020-2022)

John is excellent to work with as he is incredibly responsive, thoughtful and able to synthesize issues in a way that is practical. He knows our fund structures and risk profile well. He is unfailingly client-oriented, highly responsive and great at managing his internal resources.

Chambers USA