Matthew Bartus


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

Matthew Bartus is currently global co-chair of Cooley’s emerging companies and venture capital practice group. For 25 years he has advised high-growth technology and life sciences founders/companies and investment funds on strategic decision-making, private financings of all stages, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. This experience includes advising companies, investors, buyers and sellers globally on over 1,000 transactions, having a total value in excess of $100 billion. He works with companies at all stages, from pre-seed/formation through later stage / pre-IPO companies. Matt currently allocates his time between Cooley’s San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Singapore offices and works with clients on a global basis. In 2019, Matt was a Founding Partner of the Cooley Singapore office.

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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

    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)

    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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