Derek Colla


I solve legal and business problems for high-growth companies, from founders with an idea to publicly traded companies.

+1 202 842 7849

Derek Colla’s practice focuses on representing high-growth companies and their investors from formation through exit. Derek works with companies in several industry verticals, including fintech, blockchain, insurtech, digital health, digital media, edtech, software and ecommerce. He has counseled companies and investors in hundreds of venture capital financings and has advised companies on numerous mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and follow-on public offerings.

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  • AppHarvest to Combine With Novus Capital, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company 

  • Xometry Closes $75 Million Equity Financing 

  • QED Investors Closes Sixth Fund at $350 Million 

  • Cooley Advises on Two Financings for Edtech Startups 

  • DraftKings Closes $150 Million Financing  

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  • Harvard Law School
    JD, cum laude, 2008

  • Washington and Lee University
    BS, Computer Science
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005

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District of Columbia


+1 202 842 7849 office
+1 202 842 7899 fax

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004-2400