Matthew Bartus


I provide strategic, business-oriented advice to high-growth companies and investors as they navigate legal and business challenges.

Matthew is global co-chair of Cooley’s emerging companies and venture capital practice groups. For 25 years, he has advised high-growth technology and life sciences founders, companies and investment funds on strategic decision-making, venture capital and growth equity financings (from pre-seed to late-stage), initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. Matthew’s experience includes advising companies, investors, buyers and sellers globally on transactions having a total value of more than $100 billion. He works with companies at all stages – from pre-seed and formation through later stages and pre-IPO. In 2019, Matthew was a founding partner of Cooley’s Singapore office, where he was resident through 2022. Matthew currently is based in San Francisco/Silicon Valley and works with clients on a global basis.

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Matthew Bartus regularly advises emerging companies and investors on financings, M&A and access to capital markets. He is praised by clients for his "deep understanding of the startup world" and for being "exceptional in providing sound advice, especially in the areas of fundraising." – Chambers and Partners

  • New York University School of Law
    JD, cum laude, 1998

  • Syracuse University
    BA, 1992

Admissions & Credentials


New York

Singapore (Registered Foreign Lawyer)


  • National Venture Capital Association, General Counsel Advisory Board

Rankings & Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Leading Lawyer for Start-up and Venture Capital – Foreign Firms in Singapore (2023)

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Band 1 for Start-up and Venture Capital – Foreign Firms in Singapore (2023)

    Cooley GO Wins the “People's Voice” Webby

    Chambers USA: Band 1 for Startups & Emerging Companies (2018-2020)

    Chambers Asia Pacific: Band 1 for Startups & Emerging Companies in Singapore (2021, 2022 & 2023)

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Leading Lawyer for Corporate and M&A in Singapore (2021)

    The Legal 500: Venture Capital & Emerging Companies

    The Recorder Innovators recognizes Matt Bartus, Craig Jacoby and Peter Werner

    Legal 500 US: M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015)

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