Peter Buckland


Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

Buckland, Peter
Peter Buckland focuses his practice on the representation of companies, from start-ups to established corporations, with particular emphasis on software, Internet and digital media, devices, energy and clean technologies. Since joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Buckland has counseled numerous entrepreneurs and emerging companies throughout their lifecycle and has advised on complex corporate transactions, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and buyouts. Mr. Buckland is the vice chair of WilmerHale’s Corporate Practice and the co-chair of the firm’s Emerging Company Practice Group.


Mr. Buckland has extensive experience in a wide range of transactions including capital markets transactions, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and general corporate matters. In addition, Mr. Buckland represents numerous venture capital firms in financing transactions and related matters and investment banks as underwriters' counsel.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in the 2009-2013 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his business/corporate practice

Publications & News


December 31, 2013

Peter Buckland Discusses “How to Keep Your Startup’s Secrets Private” in Entrepreneur’s Ask the Expert Column

In Entrepreneur's "Ask the Expert" column, Partner Peter Buckland shares his thoughts on "How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private." He touches upon patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, and the importance of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

December 23, 2013

Peter Buckland Publishes Second Column on Entrepreneur: “Figuring Out How to Divvy Up Startup Equity”

In his second column featured in Entrepreneur's "Ask the Expert" section-Partner Peter Buckland shares his insight with start-ups into how to approach equity option pools.

December 12, 2013

Peter Buckland Shares Advice with Entrepreneur on “Finding the Perfect Board of Directors for Your Startup”

Partner Peter Buckland is featured in Entrepreneur’s “Ask the Expert” column, in which he discusses how a start-up can find its perfect board of directors.

July 16, 2013

Palo Alto Attorneys Featured in 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers

Twenty-two WilmerHale attorneys ranked in the tenth annual Northern California Super Lawyers listing for 2013.

May 14, 2013

Why Berlin is Europe’s next startup capital

An article by Peter Buckland, originally published in VentureBeat's Entrepreneur channel.

May 6, 2013

2013 Venture Capital Report

Our 2013 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, an analysis of trends in venture capital financing and VC-backed company M&A deal terms, a look at the federal tax advantages of investments in “qualified small business stock,” and a discussion of JOBS Act benefits for startups that never plan to go public.

December 4, 2012

New Online Immigration Resource for Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

October 23, 2009

Lawyers Will Play a Direct Role in Developing Clean Tech Industry

August 25, 2009

Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Funding Opportunities

August 11, 2009

Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Funding Opportunities

Speaking Engagements

August 28, 2013

Berliner Founderstable

Palo Alto, California

June 26, 2013

Playing it Smart – Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls You Never Knew Existed

London, UK

January 18, 2013

Fourth MAS Angel Fund & Friends Founderstable

Berlin, Germany

September 18, 2012

Legal Issues for Startups

San Francisco, California


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JD, magna cum laude, University of San Francisco, 1997, Editor, USF Law Review

BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993

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