Daniel Zimmermann


Zimmermann, Daniel

Daniel Zimmermann is an accomplished lawyer with extensive experience in complex corporate transactions and venture technology issues. For nearly 20 years, he has advised emerging companies and technology startups, and draws on his global experiences counseling companies in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Zimmermann provides sophisticated counsel on a variety of corporate governance and finance matters, as well as exit transactions such as public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He further counsels Silicon Valley-based venture capital firms, as well as global venture and private equity funds in their portfolio investments in the US and abroad. Learn more about his practice and how he can support your startup on

International in scope, his practice involves the regular representation of clients in global expansions and off-shore acquisitions by US companies. From 2007 to 2008, he was seconded to a European law firm where he worked on private equity, capital markets, and venture capital transactions in both London and Munich.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as "Up and Coming" in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA for his corporate/M&A: venture capital practice
  • Named in the 2014-2017 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his business/corporate practice

Representative Experience

Recently, Mr. Zimmerman has represented:

  • adrise in its Series A, Series B and Bridge financings;
  • Adswizz in its Series A and B financings;
  • Avocarrot in its acquisition by Glispa Global Group;
  • Fido Labs in its Series Seed financing;
  • Dedrone in its Series A financing;
  • General Catalyst in its investment into Brainly;
  • Linse Capital in its investments in ChargePoint;
  • in financing matters and sale to GoDaddy;
  • UXPin in Series A financing;
  • VSS Monitoring in sale to Danaher Group; and
  • Zendeals in financing matter and sale to RetailMeNot.

Publications & News


March 23, 2018

Founders, Pay Attention to This Stuff—Not the Stock Market

An article by Daniel Zimmermann, published by Xconomy. The article discusses information that entrepreneurs should follow and what they can safely dismiss.

March 10, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels HoloBuilder in $2.25M Venture Capital Financing

The Internet software and services company announced the closing of a $2.25 million venture capital financing.

March 7, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Nearpod in Securing $21M Series B Funding

The education tech startup will continue to help teachers incorporate software and content into their day-to-day instruction.

February 16, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Dedrone in Securing $15M Series B Funding

Dedrone, a company offering security solutions addressing airspace vulnerabilities exploited by the advances in consumer and commercial drone technology, announced it has secured $15 million for its Series B funding round.

January 2, 2017

Some Tweaks to Build Employee Loyalty

Daniel Zimmermann, in this article published by TechCrunch, takes a close look at some of the vesting schedules and exercise periods that companies are debuting and weighs their risks and rewards.

September 19, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Avocarrot in $20M Acquisition by Glispa Global Group

Native mobile advertising startup Avocarrot announced that it has been acquired by Glispa Global Group, a mobile ad tech pioneer, for $20 million.

May 24, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Dedrone in Raising $10 Million in Series A Funding

WilmerHale represented Dedrone—an automated, software-based drone detection platform—in raising $10 million in Series A Funding.

May 20, 2016

Behind Every Successful Startup, A Battle Over Ownership

Daniel Zimmerman is quoted in this article published in The Recorder, which discusses the challenges co-founders and partners of startups face regarding ownership and stakes.

March 24, 2016

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital financing, convertible debt and VC-backed company M&A deal terms. We also highlight two new funding techniques that have expanded the pre-IPO financing toolkit; five common mistakes made by fledging entrepreneurs; and four things you need to know about doing business in California.

January 28, 2016

Three Things To Know About Doing Business in California

In this article, published in Xconomy, Daniel Zimmermann discusses three areas where California law puts a unique twist on business, and how those laws impact startup companies and entrepreneurs.

Speaking Engagements

April 11, 2018

Inside Startup Fundraising Panel - SF 2018

San Francisco, California

March 2, 2017

Mock Term Sheet Negotiation

Stanford, California

February 1, 2017

Stanford Graduate School of Business: Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Stanford, California

November 14, 2016

Blackbox Connect Autumn 2016

San Francisco, California

September 29, 2016

Cardinal Pitch Club Startup 101

Palo Alto, California

September 19, 2016

GoGlobal DigiHeath: Silicon Valley Mission 2016

Redwood City, California

May 18, 2016

WilmerHale QuickLaunch University: Successfully Launching Your Startup

Palo Alto, California

March 24, 2016

StartX: Mock Term Sheet Negotiation

Palo Alto, California

March 3, 2016

Stanford Venture Studio: Founders

Stanford, California

November 12, 2015

Stanford Venture Studio: Mock Term Sheet Negotiation

Stanford, California

Professional Activities

Mr. Zimmermann is a co-chair of WilmerHale's Diversity Committee.

He is a member of the California and New York Bar Associations and the International Law Sections of the American, California and New York Bar Associations.

Mr. Zimmermann has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California for the 2009-2010 term and as Chairman of the Board of the German American Business Association. Mr. Zimmermann also previously served as president and board member of Alto International School in Menlo Park and serves as primary pro bono counsel to the School.


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LLM, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996

First State Exam, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1995

Bar Admissions


New York




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