Fund Formation

Building funds globally for 60+ years

Why Cooley
  • Primary fund counsel to 600+ investment fund organizations 
  • 490+ fund clients with closings in 2021 with $61B+ committed to these funds
  • Deep bench of 60+ 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

Venture Financing Report – Q1 2022

Deal Volume Remains High, Varies by Industry

Read the report


Legal and tax news for VC fund managers

View blog


  • Vault: #1 Best Law Firm for Emerging Companies & Venture Capital (2019 – 2021)
  • Chambers USA (Global): Band 1 Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation in USA (2020)
  • Chambers USA (Nationwide): Band 1 Investment Funds: Venture Capital (2008 - Present)
  • US News & World Report: National Tier 1 in Venture Capital Law (2020)
  • Legal 500: Tier 1 Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015 – Present)
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

2023 Business Outlook Resources

Insights and strategies for companies navigating today’s evolving economic conditions.

Resource hub

Group Contacts
John Dado  Partner Palo Alto
John Clendenin  Partner Palo Alto
Eric Doherty  Partner San Francisco
Shane Goudey  Partner Palo Alto
Bernard Hatcher  Partner San Francisco
Pang Lee  Partner Hong Kong, San Francisco, Shanghai
Nicole Peppe  Partner Boston
Thomas Salley  Senior Counsel Washington, DC, Reston
Jordan Silber  Partner San Francisco, Shanghai
Mark Tanoury  Partner Palo Alto
Aaron Velli  Partner Washington, DC
Xun Zeng  Partner Beijing, Hong Kong
Jim Fulton  Partner New York
Luke Bagley  Partner Boston
Jingyi Xu  Partner Beijing
Zachariah A. Robert  Partner Chicago
Sean Murphy  Partner Singapore
Richard E. Ginsberg  Partner Chicago
ViewHide related contacts


Listing Returned 0 Results.

Related Practices & Industries

Venture Capital  Tax  Emerging Companies  Asia 
ViewHide related news


Listing Returned 0 Results.

ViewHide related events


Listing Returned 0 Results.