Matthew Bartus


I provide strategic, business-oriented advice to high-growth companies and investors as they navigate legal and business challenges.

Matthew Bartus is currently global co-chair of Cooley’s emerging companies and venture capital practice group. For over 20 years he has advised high-growth technology and life sciences founders/companies and investment funds on strategic decision-making, private financings of all stages, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. This experience includes advising companies, investors, buyers and sellers globally on over 1,000 transactions, having a total value in excess of $100 billion. He works with companies at all stages, from pre-seed/formation through later stage / pre-IPO companies.

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  • Social Entertainment Platform Kumu in Series C Round 

  • Groww Reaches $3 Billion Valuation With Series E Round 

  • Carousell Group Reaches Unicorn Status With $100 Million Investment 

  • Spenmo Raises $34 Million Series A 

  • ASEAN Fintech Company BigPay Secures up to $100 Million in Financing 

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Matthew Bartus regularly advises emerging companies and investors on financings, M&A and access to capital markets. He is praised by clients for his "deep understanding of the startup world" and for being "exceptional in providing sound advice, especially in the areas of fundraising." – Chambers and Partners

  • New York University School of Law
    JD, cum laude, 1998

  • Syracuse University
    BA, 1992

Admissions & Credentials


New York

Singapore (Registered Foreign Lawyer)


  • National Venture Capital Association, General Counsel Advisory Board

Rankings & Accolades

    Cooley GO Wins the “People's Voice” Webby

    Chambers USA: Band 1 for Startups & Emerging Companies (2018-2020)

    Chambers Asia Pacific: Band 1 for Startups & Emerging Companies in Singapore (2021)

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Leading Lawyer for Corporate and M&A in Singapore (2021)

    The Recorder Innovators recognizes Matt Bartus, Craig Jacoby and Peter Werner

    Legal 500 US: M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015)

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