Emerging Companies

Decades of startup experience and unparalleled relationships with investors and advisors

Why Cooley
  • 7,000+ innovative, high-growth private company clients 
  • Our work with emerging companies often begins prior to company formation and progresses through the full evolution of a startup's life
  • Unparalleled access to the largest and most influential network of venture capital investors in the world
  • 1,600+ VC financings annually, with an equal split between investor and company representation
  • We think like our clients think, providing advice that is pragmatic, tailored and cost-effective
  • Full suite of tech-enabled solutions for startups to drive efficiency and collaboration in our client relationships
  • #1 law firm representing VC-backed companies going public for the last decade

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  • Emerging Companies Group of the Year (The Recorder)
  • #1 law firm for company-side US and global VC financings 2021 (PitchBook)
  • #1 law firm for US venture capital deals 2021 (PitchBook)
  • #1 law firm for VC-backed IPOs for the last decade
  • Chambers USA: Band 1 Startups and Emerging Companies
  • Legal 500 US: Tier 1 Venture Capital and Startups
  • US News Best Law Firms: Technology Law Firm of the Year & Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year 
  • Financial Times: Top 5 Most Innovative Law Firms

Cooley handles the lifecycle of emerging companies – it has a genuine focus on startups and early-stage companies, with regular instructions to advise on company formations.– Legal 500
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Peter H. Werner  Partner San Francisco
Matthew Bartus  Partner San Francisco, Singapore, Palo Alto
Rachel Proffitt  Partner San Francisco
Adam Dinow  Partner New York
Sacha Ross  Partner New York
Mike Lincoln  Vice Chair Reston, Washington, DC
Giselle Rivers  Partner Boston, New York
Harley Brown  Partner Boston
Laurie Bauer  Partner Chicago
Noah Pittard  Partner Colorado, Washington, DC
Josh Seidenfeld  Partner Palo Alto
Lauren Creel  Partner Palo Alto
Dave Young  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Los Angeles – Downtown
Ferish Patel  Partner in Charge – Singapore Singapore, Hong Kong
Derek Colla  Partner Washington, DC
Sonya Erickson  Partner Seattle
Aaron Archer  Partner London
Stephane Levy  Partner New York
Kevin Rooney  Partner Palo Alto
Danielle Naftulin  Partner Palo Alto
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