Venture Capital INDUSTRIES

WilmerHale has been a trusted adviser to innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in technology and life sciences for more than 50 years.


Startup companies and leading investors throughout the United States and Europe rely on WilmerHale to take their ventures from founding and funding to market leadership and successful IPO or exit. Our experience advising venture-backed companies over five decades enables us to deliver guidance that is practical, business oriented and cost effective.

Our clients trust us to help them navigate the wide variety of legal challenges that arise when building a successful business. We draw on the firm's leading intellectual property, technology licensing, privacy and data security, employment, regulatory compliance, and financial services practices. And with offices in venture capital hubs including Boston, Washington DC, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, London, Berlin and Beijing, we provide unmatched service and responsiveness to clients. We also participate actively in local startup ecosystems, regularly facilitating introductions between investors and founders and hosting educational and social events.

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Gammell, David

David D. Gammell

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

+1 617 526 6839 (t)

david.gammell@wilmerhale.com

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Group

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Venture capital is a cornerstone of our corporate practice. We represent venture-backed companies and venture capital firms in industries such as big data and data analytics, software as a service, digital media, cybersecurity, robotics, financial technology, semiconductors and electronics, telecommunications and networking, life sciences, biotechnology, healthcare technology, energy, material science and many others. We leverage our global position to best serve our clients' needs and lend perspective to their business deals.

We regularly work with investors and entrepreneurs on financings ranging from seed to growth equity, venture debt, and complex strategic partner financings. We also advise leading venture capitalists on fund formation.

Our extensive experience with emerging technology companies enables us to efficiently manage standard venture capital financings and effectively navigate more complex transactions. Most importantly, we provide clients with a consistent team that provides reliable advice as they build their businesses, drawing on our deep experience in fields including intellectual property, privacy and data security, licensing, labor and employment, environmental, litigation, real estate, and tax law.

We provide advice in context. Our legal experience is bolstered by technical and scientific domain knowledge from attorneys with degrees in fields such as biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, genetics, immunology, information systems, material science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, medicine, microbiology, nuclear engineering, physics, organic chemistry and systems engineering.

Highlights

Our preeminent Venture Capital Practice consistently ranks in the top tier of law firms measured by the number of venture capital-backed companies we represent in the United States, and in Europe.

Since 2006, we have handled more than 2,800 venture financings with total proceeds in excess of $35 billion. In 2016 alone, we served as counsel in approximately 250 venture financings raising nearly $3 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

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