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Peter Buckland

Partner

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.

Practice

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 WilmerHaleLaunch.com.

Honors & Awards

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

Publications & News

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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 Inc.com 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.

December 2, 2016

Civis Analytics Raises $22 Million in Series A Funding Led by Drive Capital

Partner Peter Buckland and Associate Jessica Wade represented Civis in this transaction.

November 9, 2016

Cape Analytics Raises $14M in Series A Financing

Partner Peter Buckland and Associate Jaclyn Ammon represented Cape Analytics in this transaction.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

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 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.

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, University of San Francisco, 1997, Editor, USF Law Review

BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993

Bar Admissions

California

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