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 approximately $30 billion in more than 2,750 financings since 2004. In 2014 alone, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising in excess of $8 billion.

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Publications & News

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July 1, 2015

WilmerHale Named a Leading National Firm in the United States by The Legal 500

The Legal 500 United States has released its annual rankings, selecting WilmerHale as one of the preeminent law firms in the country.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

May 6, 2015

Selected 2015 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally as a leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

May 1, 2015

SEC Adopts Rules to Implement Regulation A+, Providing New Avenue for Capital Formation

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Regulation A pursuant to Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act for offers and sales of up to $50 million of securities annually. Regulation A+ creates two tiers of offerings that are exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933.

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.

March 27, 2015

2015 Corporate Reports

WilmerHale's annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports offer insights into market conditions and provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

February 18, 2015

Selected 2015 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2014, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising in excess of $8 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

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, WilmerHaleLaunch.com provides insightful, easy-to-understand and practical information about a myriad of topics related to the development of a company.

November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.

October 3, 2014

The Legal 500 UK Honors WilmerHale with Top Rankings in 2014 Edition

The Legal 500, the United Kingdom's guide to outstanding lawyers, has again selected WilmerHale as a top-tier law firm in dispute resolution - international arbitration, and highly recommends the firm in nine other categories. The guide also names three lawyers to its "leading individuals" list, and recognizes a total of eight of the firm’s London-based lawyers