Venture Capital

6+ decades of unparalleled experience in VC and the #1 legal market leader in the VC space

Why Cooley
  • Provide sophisticated counsel to venture capital funds and VC-backed emerging companies in connection with their fundraising, governance and investment activities
  • Primary fund counsel to 600+ investment fund organizations, with global prominence in the field of venture capital fund formation
  • Ranked band 1 for Venture Capital in California by Chambers USA 2022
  • Law Firm of the Year for Venture Capital Law in the US by US News & World Report 2023
  • 7,000+ private company clients, including 27% of US-based unicorns
  • 1,600+ VC financings annually, with an equal split between investor and company representation
  • Quarterly VC reports and Cooley GO Visualize make market data and deal trends accessible, providing clients with tools to stay in front of financing trends and opportunities
  • Consistently ranked as industry leaders by Chambers USA and Legal 500

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  • Vault: #1 Best Law Firm for Venture Capital (2023)
  • US News & World Report: Top Venture Capital Practice (2023)
  • Best Lawyers: Tier 1 Nationally in Venture Capital Law (2023)
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide Band 1 Investment Funds: Venture Capital (2008 – Present)
  • Legal 500: Tier 1 Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015 – Present)
No one knows VC like Cooley. What is really impressive to us is that, in addition to their level of expertise, their responsiveness is off the charts throughout the ranks.– Chambers USA

Q4 2022 Venture Financing Report

Downward Trends Continue in Deal Count, Invested Capital and Pre-Money Valuations

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Matthew Bartus  Partner San Francisco, Singapore, Palo Alto
John Dado  Partner Palo Alto
Craig Jacoby  Partner San Francisco
Mike Lincoln  Vice Chair Reston, Washington, DC
Patrick Loofbourrow  Partner Singapore, Shanghai, San Diego
Andrew Lustig  Partner Reston
Pat Mitchell  Partner Boston, New York
Danielle Naftulin  Partner Palo Alto
Ryan Naftulin  Partner London
Michael Platt  Partner in Charge – Colorado Colorado
Rachel Proffitt  Partner San Francisco
Marc Recht  Partner Boston
Kevin Rooney  Partner Palo Alto
Peter H. Werner  Partner San Francisco
Babak Yaghmaie  Partner New York
Dave Young  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Los Angeles – Downtown
Xun Zeng  Partner in Charge – Beijing Beijing, Hong Kong
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