Venture Capital TRANSACTIONAL

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 startup 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 startup 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 startup 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 startup 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 startup 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

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

Co-Chair, Energy and Cleantech Group

+1 617 526 6158 (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

Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Partner

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Boot, Jeannette K.

Jeannette K. Boot

Partner

+1 212 295 6507 (t)

jeannette.boot@wilmerhale.com

Borden, Mark G.

Mark G. Borden

Partner

+1 617 526 6675 (t)

mark.borden@wilmerhale.com

Bothwick, Jay E.

Jay E. Bothwick

Partner

+1 617 526 6526 (t)

jay.bothwick@wilmerhale.com

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

martin.braun@wilmerhale.com

Brown, Lillian

Lillian Brown

Partner

+1 202 663 6743 (t)

lillian.brown@wilmerhale.com

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Partner

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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October 3, 2014

The Legal 500 UK Honors WilmerHale with Top Rankings in 2014 Edition

The Legal 500, the United Kingdom's guide to outstanding lawyers, has again selected WilmerHale as a top-tier law firm in dispute resolution - international arbitration, and highly recommends the firm in nine other categories. The guide also names three lawyers to its "leading individuals" list, and recognizes a total of eight of the firm’s London-based lawyers

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

May 14, 2014

WilmerHale Named Among America’s Top Corporate Law Firms

WilmerHale has been named to NYSE Governance Services and FTI Consulting’s “America’s Top Corporate Law Firms,” a comprehensive ranking of the top 25 firms in the nation.

May 6, 2014

2014 Corporate Reports

WilmerHale’s annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

May 6, 2014

2014 Venture Capital Report

Our 2014 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 important considerations for startups in light of JOBS Act provisions that loosen restrictions around general solicitation and crowdfunding.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally as a leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

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."

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 startups into how to approach equity option pools.