Fund Formation

Building funds globally for 50+ years

Why Cooley
  • Primary fund counsel to 350+ investment fund organizations 
  • 100+ fund closings year-to-date including five $1+ billion fund formations globally
  • Fund counsel on 44% of the largest US fund formations in 2015
  • Deep bench of 35+ lawyers focused full-time on fund formation and counseling
  • Represent fund managers investing in the US, China, Europe, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Israel, South America and elsewhere
  • Deep commitment to a global practice: formed the first venture capital limited partnership in the western US, active in China for four decades and India for three decades
  • Advise on every type of fund formation: venture capital, fund of funds, private equity, evergreen, growth equity and other managers at all stages and sizes, from individual angel funds to billion-dollar institutional funds
  • Represent managers in investment areas from internet, social media and mobile to clean technology, healthcare, biotechnology and more traditional industries
Recognition

  • The Recorder: Top Venture Capital Practice in California (2016 and 2014)
  • Best Lawyers (National): Tier 1 Venture Capital (2016)
  • Chambers USA (Nationwide): Band 1 Investment Funds: Venture Capital (2008 - Present)
  • Legal 500: Tier 1 Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015 and 2016)
  • Zero2IPO: Legal Advisor of the Year for VC/PE in China (2015)
  • Best Lawyers: Venture Capital Law Firm of the Year (2014) 
Esteemed group with substantial expertise in representing venture capital funds at all stages. Represents a number of prominent venture fund managers investing in a range of areas including social media, healthcare and biotechnology.– Chambers USA
Group Contacts
Craig Dauchy Partner, Palo Alto
John Dado Partner, Palo Alto
Eric Doherty Partner, Palo Alto
Shane Goudey Partner, Palo Alto
John Clendenin Partner, Palo Alto
Bernard Hatcher Partner, San Francisco
Pang Lee Partner, Shanghai
Ian O'Donnell Partner, San Francisco
Jordan Silber Partner, San Francisco
Nicole Peppe Partner, Boston
Thomas Salley Partner, Washington, DC
Mark Tanoury Partner, Palo Alto
Aaron Velli Partner, Washington, DC
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