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. Learn more about Mr. Buckland’s practice and how he can support your startup on

Honors & Awards

  • Named among the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for corporate law
  • Recognized in the 2009-2015 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his business/corporate practice

Publications & News


May 23, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Kite Hill in $18 Million Funding Round From Lead Investors General Mills and CAVU Venture Partners

WilmerHale represented Kite Hill—a brand that makes plant-based cheeses, yogurts, cream cheese-style spreads and other dairy analogue products sold to consumers in Whole Foods Markets and directly to restaurants and wholesalers—in raising $18 million, with lead investments from General Mills' new venture unit and CAVU Venture Partners.

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.

March 27, 2015

2015 Venture Capital Report

The 2015 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, convertible debt and VC-backed company M&A deal terms; and a look at important considerations for startup founders weighing the costs, benefits and optimal timing for company incorporation.

January 12, 2015

WilmerHale Launches Website for Entrepreneur Community

Drawing on WilmerHale’s extensive team of lawyers who work with startup founders and other entrepreneurs, provides insightful, easy-to-understand and practical information about a myriad of topics related to the development of a company.

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 startup 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.

December 4, 2012

New Online Immigration Resource for Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new website designed to provide information about immigration to 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

Speaking Engagements


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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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