Matthew Bartus


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

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Matthew Bartus is co-chair of Cooley’s global emerging companies and venture capital practice group. He addresses legal and business challenges for high-growth startups and the investors that fund them. Over the course of his career, Matt has advised companies, investors, buyers and sellers on over a thousand venture capital and M&A deals, having a total value in excess of $50 billion. 

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  • Parenting Benefits Company Cleo Closes $28 Million Series B 

  • Hired $30 Million Series D 

  • SoftBank Vision Fund to Invest $450 Million in Compass 

  • Cooley Advises SoftBank on Improbable’s $502 Million Funding 

  • Cooley Advises Recruiting Startup Hired on $40 Million Series C Financing 

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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

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New York


  • National Venture Capital Association, General Counsel Advisory Board

Rankings & Accolades

    Cooley GO Wins the “People's Voice” Webby

    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)

    Chambers USA: Band 1 for Startups & Emerging Companies (2018-2019)


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