Daniel Zimmermann

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Daniel Zimmermann


  • Co-Chair, Emerging Company and Venture Capital Practice

Daniel Zimmermann is an accomplished lawyer with extensive experience in complex corporate transactions and venture technology issues. For more than 20 years, he has advised entrepreneurs, emerging companies and technology startups, and draws on his global experiences counseling companies in the United States and Europe. His technology clients span the industry, including telecom, infrastructure, digital media, software, energy, clean tech, ecommerce, FinTech, edtech, digital health and healthcare IT, robotics and big data. Mr. Zimmermann works with leading artificial intelligence (AI) companies in areas such as measurement and detection of high harm content and actors for internet platforms, AI/machine learning autonomous anti-drone solutions, and AI solutions for complex air operations.

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 WilmerHaleLaunch.com

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 London-based law firm where he worked on private equity, capital markets and venture capital transactions.

Professional Activities

Mr. Zimmermann 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 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.

  • Exchanging Legal Frameworks for Transatlantic Business

    Daniel Zimmermann recently contributed an article to an eBook published by KIT Link, a department of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) that is dedicated to the collaboration of academia and business ideas exchanged between Baden Württemberg and the San Francisco area.

    June 9, 2022
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  • WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2022 Edition of Chambers USA

    Chambers and Partners has announced its rankings for the 2022 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation’s best in 58 practice area categories.

    June 1, 2022
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  • 2022 Venture Capital Report

    The 2022 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth US venture capital market review and outlook, including industry and regional breakdowns, as well as insights on a number of key topics.

    February 28, 2022
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  • Recently, Mr. Zimmermann has represented:

    • AdsWizz in financing and its acquisition by Pandora;
    • Air Space Intelligence in its Series A and B financing;
    • Ampcontrol in its Series A financing;
    • Around in its financings and acquisition by Miro;
    • Atom Computing in its Series A and B financings;
    • Because Market in its Series Seed, Series A, B and C financings;
    • Cambly in its Series and B financings;
    • Capella Space in its Series A and B financings;
    • Coil in general corporate and finance matters;
    • Dedrone in its Series A, B and C financings;
    • HoloBuilder in its inversion and initial round of funding, and its subsequent acquisition by FARO Technologies;
    • LARQ in general corporate and financing matters;
    • Levered Learning in its Series Seed financing;
    • Linse Capital in its portfolio investments;
    • Metrist in its Seed financing;
    • Pragiti in its sale to DMI; 
    • PyrAmes in its Series A financing;
    • Red Leader Technologies in its Series A and B financings;
    • Roq.ad in its Series A financing;
    • SCiFi Foods in its Series A financing;
    • Siolta Therapeutics in its Series B financing;
    • Spin Memory in general corporate and finance matters; 
    • Trustlab in its Series Seed and A financing;
    • Upland in its Series A financing;
    • Utimaco in its acquisition of Micro Focus’ Attala product line;
    • Verde Bioresins Inc. in a SPAC Merger Valued at $365M;
    • VSS Monitoring in sale to Danaher Group;
    • Workit Health in its Series B and C financings;
    • ZenDeals in financing matter and sale to RetailMeNot; and
    • Zero Emissions Industries in its Series A financing.


  • Recommended in the 2018 and 2019 editions of The Legal 500 United States for M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Venture Capital and Emerging Companies
  • Named in the 2014–2018 and 2022–2023 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his business/corporate practice
  • Recognized in the 2021–2024 editions of Chambers USA Guide as a top venture capital lawyer in California. Also recognized as "Up and Coming" in the 2011 and 2012 editions.

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  • Education

    • LLM, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996

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

  • Admissions

    • California

    • New York

  • Languages

    • German

    • French



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