John Clendenin


Working in the heart of Silicon Valley, I’ve been able to collaborate with some of the most successful investment firms in the world.

John's practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international investment funds, including venture capital, private equity, fund-of-funds, secondary funds and special opportunity funds in connection with their formation, operation and investment activities. He has represented sponsor organizations in the formation of over 50 fund programs, ranging from some of the most well-known multi-billion dollar investment firms to much smaller firms forming seed and early-stage venture capital, angel and similar microcap funds.  In addition to his fund formation practice, John also represents a number of emerging growth companies in financing transactions and general corporate matters. 

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  • Infinity Ventures Launches Inaugural $158 Million Fund 

  • YL Ventures Closes Fifth Fund at $400 Million 

  • Slow Ventures Announces $325 Million in New Capital Across Two Funds 

  • Construct Capital Raises $300 Million to Transform Foundational Industries 

  • PeakSpan Capital Closes Third Growth Fund at $567 Million 

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No one knows VC like Cooley. What is really impressive to us is that, in addition to their level of expertise, their responsiveness is off the charts throughout the ranks. – Chambers USA

  • University of California, Davis School of Law
    JD, 2005

  • University of California, Davis
    MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, 2005

  • University of Washington
    BA, magna cum laude, 2001

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Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers: Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation, California and USA - Nationwide (2020 – 2021)

    Legal 500: Investment Funds: Private Equity Funds (including Venture Capital) (2020)