John Dado


+1 650 843 5126

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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  • Menlo Ventures Closes $500 Million Fund 

  • M13 Closes Second $175 Million Fund 

  • Redpoint Ventures Closes Eighth Fund at $500 Million 

  • Menlo Ventures Launches The Inflection Fund at $500 Million 

  • Closes Sixth US-Based Fund at $225 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)

    The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2019)

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


+1 650 843 5126 office
+1 650 849 7400 fax

3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130

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