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

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2016 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America for corporate law
  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Venture Capital and Emerging Companies
  • Recognized in the 2009-2017 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his business/corporate practice

Publications & News


May 3, 2018

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 95 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

February 8, 2018

WilmerHale Reps Startup Yoshi in $13.7M Series A Round Led by General Motors Ventures and ExxonMobil

Yoshi, Inc., which provides subscription service for on-site car maintenance and gas delivery, announced that it closed $13.7 million in Series A funding to further accelerate its rapid growth.

November 9, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Kindred Systems’ $28M Series B Financing

Kindred Systems Inc., a Vancouver-based developer of human-like intelligence in machines, has secured approximately $28 million in a Series B financing, bringing its total funding to $44 million.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 8, 2017

UnifyID Raises $20M Series A Funding From NEA to Fuel Next Gen Authentication

UnifyID is leading the development of an implicit authentication platform that requires zero conscious user actions. The company announced that it has closed $20 million in Series A financing led by NEA.

August 4, 2017

SEC Confirms Certain ICOs Are Securities Offerings; Regulators Renew Focus on Cryptocurrencies

Participants and observers in cryptocurrency markets have long expected input from the SEC on the question of whether offerings of cryptocurrencies would be subject to the federal securities laws. On July 25, the SEC issued a Report of Investigation pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 of its investigation of an offering of digital tokens by “The DAO,” an unincorporated virtual organization. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished in Bloomberg BNA's Securities Regulation & Law Report.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 23, 2017

Four Ways to Avoid the Confusion of Financing Documents

Emerging Company Practice Co-Chair Peter Buckland provides insight into what early-stage companies need to know about SAFEs—Simple Agreements for Future Equity—in this contributed post published on on May 22, 2017.

April 28, 2017

2017 Venture Capital Report

The 2017 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth US venture capital market review and outlook, including industry and regional breakdowns, as well as a look at the following issues: steps startups should take now if they plan to secure a Series A round in 2017; common structures for management carve-out plans; best practices for private companies setting option exercise prices; the benefits of investing in qualified small business stock; and trends in venture capital financing terms, convertible debt terms and VC-backed company M&A deal terms.

February 15, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels Dextro in Acquisition by TASER

Dextro, Inc., the first computer-vision and deep learning system to make the visual contents in video searchable in real time, has been acquired by TASER International, the global leader in public safety technology.

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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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