Venture Capital INDUSTRIES

WilmerHale has extensive experience representing both venture-backed companies and venture capital firms in industries such as software, semiconductors and electronics, telecommunications and networking, life sciences and medical devices. Venture capital deals are a cornerstone of our corporate practice and reflect our long-standing focus on technology, life sciences and entrepreneurial companies. We have a strong presence in the venture capital community throughout the United States and Europe. We regularly serve as company counsel in venture financings and represent leading venture capitalists in fund formation and portfolio investments.

Our experience with venture-backed clients dates back to the rise of the computer industry in the early 1960s, when we incorporated some of the first technology start-up companies, including Analog Devices, Prime Computer and Storage Technology. Since then, our practice has kept pace with the emergence of new technologies and industries: from mainframes in the 1960s to minicomputers in the 1970s; to software and biotech in the 1980s; to telecom, Internet and life sciences in the 1990s; and now to the most advanced technologies in nanotechnology, genomics, bioinformatics and countless other fields. Throughout this time we have advised leading companies in their formation, growth and eventual IPO or acquisition.

Today, emerging companies and leading venture capitalists throughout the United States and Europe continue to turn to WilmerHale for legal advice and business advantage. Hundreds of start-up companies have relied on us from formation to funding to market leadership and successful IPOs or acquisitions. In 2013, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising approximately $2.5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year. Since 2004, we have handled more than 2,200 venture financings raising approximately $20 billion. With one of the top venture capital practices in the world, we are counsel to more venture capital-backed companies in the eastern half of the United States, and in Europe, than any other law firm.

Our extensive experience with VC-backed companies enables us to efficiently navigate the complexities of venture capital financings, as well as provide advice and insight to venture-backed clients as they build their businesses. Our start-up company clients also benefit from the advice of our attorneys concentrating in intellectual property, labor and employment, environmental, litigation and real estate law, who have worked extensively with start-up companies.

We have also represented venture capitalists for nearly four decades. At a time when many law firms were scarcely familiar with the concepts underlying venture financing, we assisted some of the earliest venture capital firms in their initial investments. Today we represent many premier US and European venture capital firms in portfolio investments.

Our practical, problem-solving approach and our collective experience, accumulated through our many years in the venture capital field, enable us to cost-effectively represent venture capitalists and VC-backed companies. In addition to our legal experience, we offer the advantage of technical and scientific knowledge and work experience from attorneys with degrees in fields such as biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, genetics, immunology, information systems, mathematics, mechanical engineering, medicine, microbiology, organic chemistry and systems engineering. As a result, we have a sophisticated understanding of issues facing technology and life sciences companies.

Additional Venture Capital experience: 2014, 20132012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

WilmerHale has extensive experience representing both venture-backed companies and venture capital firms in industries such as software, semiconductors and electronics, telecommunications and networking, life sciences and medical devices. Venture capital deals are a cornerstone of our corporate practice and reflect our long-standing focus on technology, life sciences and entrepreneurial companies. We have a strong presence in the venture capital community throughout the United States and Europe. We regularly serve as company counsel in venture financings and represent leading venture capitalists in fund formation and portfolio investments.

Our experience with venture-backed clients dates back to the rise of the computer industry in the early 1960s, when we incorporated some of the first technology start-up companies, including Analog Devices, Prime Computer and Storage Technology. Since then, our practice has kept pace with the emergence of new technologies and industries: from mainframes in the 1960s to minicomputers in the 1970s; to software and biotech in the 1980s; to telecom, Internet and life sciences in the 1990s; and now to the most advanced technologies in nanotechnology, genomics, bioinformatics and countless other fields. Throughout this time we have advised leading companies in their formation, growth and eventual IPO or acquisition.

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Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Partner-in-Charge, Waltham Office

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

Co-Chair, Energy and Cleantech Group

+1 781 966 2027 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

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March 3, 2014

Selected 2014 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2013, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising approximately $2.5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

January 10, 2014

“Why Startups Hire Their Own Lawyers” by Daniel Doktori is Featured on TechCrunch

In his column featured on TechCrunch, Daniel Doktori*—a member of the firm's Emerging Company Practice in the New York office—discusses how startups approach hiring general counsels and what is expected of them once in the position.

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.

December 4, 2013

WilmerHale Honored as "Innovation All-Star"

The Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech have named WilmerHale to the 2013 "Innovation All-Stars" list, an annual program that recognizes outstanding companies and individuals "whose products and services help our Innovation economy thrive."

November 20, 2013

On the Road to Legitimacy? Regulators Appear Ready to “Maximize the Good” of Virtual Currency

Supporters of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies will be heartened by the generally positive discussions that took place at two Senate committee hearings earlier this week, in which both regulators and senators signaled that forthcoming regulation should not aim to stifle this emerging technology.

November 1, 2013

WilmerHale Among U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and Again Named International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list names WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration—this is the second consecutive year that the firm has won this honor—and honors WilmerHale as a first-tier law firm in 27 national and 60 metro-area rankings.

October 29, 2013

Three Funding Terms Every Startup Should Understand

Read the article written by Gary Schall published to Xconomy.

October 15, 2013

14th Annual Tech and Life Sciences Compensation and Entrepreneurship Study Released

According to an executive compensation study of private businesses released today, non-founder C-suite executives at life sciences and healthcare companies saw their cash compensation increase by three percent year-over-year, while comparable executives at private technology firms experienced an average increase of 1.6 percent.

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