Fund Formation

Building funds globally for 50+ years

Why Cooley
  • Primary fund counsel to 500+ investment fund organizations 
  • 370+ fund closings in 2020 raising over $34 billion in capital commitments
  • Deep bench of 40+ 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 – Q3

Continued Strength During the Pandemic as Deal Sizes Surge

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Legal and tax news for VC fund managers

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  • Vault: #1 Best Law Firm for Venture Capital (2019)
  • Chambers USA (Nationwide): Band 1 Investment Funds: Venture Capital (2008 - Present)
  • US News & World Report: Top Venture Capital Practice (2017, 2018)
  • The Recorder: Top Venture Capital Practice in California (2017, 2016 and 2014)
  • Legal 500: Tier 1 Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015 - Present)
  • China Law & Practice: Investment Funds International Firm of the Year (2017)
  • Best Lawyers (National): Tier 1 Venture Capital (2016)



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
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, Shanghai
Nicole Peppe Partner, Boston
Thomas Salley Partner, Washington, DC
Jordan Silber Partner, San Francisco
Mark Tanoury Partner, Palo Alto
Aaron Velli Partner, Washington, DC
Xun Zeng Partner, Beijing
Jim Fulton Partner, New York
Luke Bagley Partner, Boston
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