John Dado is the head of the fund formation practice group. His practice is focused on the formation and operation of private equity firms, including venture capital funds, buy-out funds, fund of funds and investment advisory businesses. He has been involved on behalf of the sponsor in the formation of hundreds of venture capital or buy-out funds in his career, ranging in size from multibillion-dollar buy-out partnerships to very small early-stage venture capital firms.

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  • RET Ventures Closes Oversubscribed Fund at $165 Million 

  • IVP Closes $1.8 Billion Fund to Back Later-Stage Growth Companies 

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  • M13 Closes Second $175 Million Fund 

  • Redpoint Ventures Closes Eighth Fund at $500 Million 

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Clients say John ‘knows both the technical aspects involved in fund formation and combines that with amazing commercial astuteness,’ adding that ‘he knows the venture market incredibly well.’ – Chambers USA - 2020

  • UCLA School of Law
    JD, Order of the Coif, 1990

  • University of California, Berkeley
    BA, Business Administration
    High honors, 1984

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Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (2020 – 2021)

    The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2019)

    The Legal 500 US: Investment Fund Formation and Management – Private Equity Funds (2015)