Venture Capital TRANSACTIONAL

WilmerHale has been a trusted adviser to innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in technology and life sciences since 1964.


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

Co-Chair, Energy and Cleantech Group

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Partner

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Boot, Jeannette K.

Jeannette K. Boot

Partner

+1 212 295 6507 (t)

jeannette.boot@wilmerhale.com

Borden, Mark G.

Mark G. Borden

Partner

+1 617 526 6675 (t)

mark.borden@wilmerhale.com

Bothwick, Jay E.

Jay E. Bothwick

Partner

+1 617 526 6526 (t)

jay.bothwick@wilmerhale.com

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

martin.braun@wilmerhale.com

Brown, Lillian

Lillian Brown

Partner

+1 202 663 6743 (t)

lillian.brown@wilmerhale.com

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Partner

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

Coates, Sam

Samuel S. Coates

Partner

+1 650 858 6000 (t)

samuel.coates@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.

We have helped our venture-backed clients raise in excess of $30 billion in more than 3,000 financings since 2004. In 2015 alone, we served as counsel in more than 250 venture financings raising nearly $5 billion.

Additional venture capital highlights.

Publications & News

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July 20, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Aushon BioSystems in $6.14M Series C Financing

Aushon BioSystems, a global provider of protein biomarker measurement and analysis products and services via an innovative, cost-effective multiplex immunoassay platform, announced that it held the initial closing of a $6.14 million Series C Financing.

June 30, 2016

WilmerHale Reps The Muse in $16M Round of Financing by Icon Ventures

The Muse, an online career resource targeting millennials, with more than 50 million users per year, announced that the company has closed a $16 million round of financing led by Icon Ventures.

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.

June 22, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Zaius in $8M Series B Funding Led by Underscore.VC

Zaius, the only CRM built for the scale and velocity of business-to-consumer marketers, announced it has closed an $8 million investment led by _Underscore.VC, with participation from Leaders Fund and existing investor Matrix Partners. 

June 16, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Andela in $24M Series B Funding Led by Zuckerberg’s Venture

Andela Inc.—a New York-based startup that identifies the most talented individuals in Africa, shapes them into world-class developers, and pairs them with the world's leading tech companies—recently announced a $24 million Series B funding round by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative LLC.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 24, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Dedrone in Raising $10 Million in Series A Funding

WilmerHale represented Dedrone—an automated, software-based drone detection platform—in raising $10 million in Series A Funding.

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.

May 20, 2016

Behind Every Successful Startup, A Battle Over Ownership

Daniel Zimmerman is quoted in this article published in The Recorder, which discusses the challenges co-founders and partners of startups face regarding ownership and stakes. 

May 17, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Bark & Co in Raising $60 Million in New Funding Round

WilmerHale represented Bark & Co, the company behind BarkBox, in raising $60 million in new funding to grow and expand its offerings for dogs and their people.

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