Emerging Companies

Decades of startup experience and unparalleled relationships with investors and advisors

Why Cooley
  • 7,000+ innovative, high-growth private company clients 
  • Our work with emerging companies often begins prior to company formation and progresses through the full evolution of a startup's life
  • Unparalleled access to the largest and most influential network of venture capital investors in the world
  • 1,300+ VC financings annually, with an equal split between investor and company representation
  • We think like our clients think, providing advice that is pragmatic, tailored and cost-effective
  • Full suite of tech-enabled solutions for startups to drive efficiency and collaboration in our client relationships
  • #1 law firm representing VC-backed companies going public for the last decade

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  • Emerging Companies Group of the Year (The Recorder)
  • #1 law firm for company-side US and global VC financings Q3 2021 (PitchBook)
  • #1 law firm for US venture capital deals Q3 2021 (PitchBook)
  • #1 law firm for VC-backed IPOs for the last decade
  • Chambers USA: Band 1 Startups and Emerging Companies
  • Legal 500 US: Tier 1 Venture Capital and Startups
  • US News Best Law Firms: Technology Law Firm of the Year & Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year 
  • Financial Times: Top 5 Most Innovative Law Firms

Cooley handles the lifecycle of emerging companies – it has a genuine focus on startups and early-stage companies, with regular instructions to advise on company formations.– Legal 500
Group contacts
Peter H. Werner Partner San Francisco
Matthew Bartus Partner Singapore
Pat Mitchell Partner Boston, New York
Mike Lincoln Vice Chair Reston, Washington, DC
Craig Jacoby Partner San Francisco
Danielle Naftulin Partner Palo Alto
Jason Kent Partner New York
Dave Young Partner Los Angeles
Babak Yaghmaie Partner New York
Rachel Proffitt Partner San Francisco
Patrick Loofbourrow Partner Shanghai, San Diego, Singapore
Michael Platt Partner in Charge – Colorado Colorado
Brooke Nussbaum Partner Washington, DC
Andrew Lustig Partner Reston
Ryan Naftulin Partner London
Kevin Rooney Partner Palo Alto
Jim Fulton Partner New York
John Robertson Partner in Charge – Seattle Seattle
Marc Recht Partner Boston
Lester Fagen Senior Counsel Boston
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