Fund Formation

Why Cooley

Primary fund counsel to 700+ investment fund organizations

745+ funds with closings totaling $79B+ in committed capital since 2022

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

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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


  • Vault: #1 Best Law Firm for Emerging Companies & Venture Capital (2019 – 2024)
  • Chambers USA (Nationwide): Private Equity: Fund Formation (2023)
  • Chambers USA (Nationwide): Band 1 Investment Funds: Venture Capital (2008 - Present)
  • US News & World Report: National Tier 1 in Venture Capital Law (2023)
  • Legal 500: Tier 1 Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015 – Present)

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