Shane Goudey


When it comes to forming venture capital funds, no other law firm can match the Cooley team.

Shane Goudey specializes in all aspects of the formation and operation of domestic and international investment funds, including, venture capital, private equity, fund-of-funds, secondary market, debt and a variety of other types of funds. He has represented sponsor organizations in the formation of over 150 fund programs, ranging from some of the most well known multi-billion dollar venture capital and leveraged buy-out funds to much smaller firms forming early-stage venture capital, angel, pledge and similar micro-funds with just several million dollars in committed capital. Shane also regularly works with and advises accelerator and incubator firms with respect to their organizational, operational and fund formation matters.

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  • Soma Capital Closes $412 Million Fund 

  • Inspired Capital Closes Second Fund at $281 Million 

  • Lux Closes Two Funds at $1.5 Billion 

  • Foundry Group Closes its 7th fund at $750 Million 

  • Redpoint Ventures Closes 7th Fund at $400 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 Oregon School of Law
    JD, 1997

  • New York University School of Law
    LLM, Taxation

  • University of Wyoming
    BS, Political Science
    summa cum laude, 1992

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association

  • The Bar Association of San Francisco

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA – Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation

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