Our Private Equity Fund Formation group is the national leader in private equity fund formation and representation. Our involvement as counselors to private equity fund managers spans the past four decades, and we currently form a substantial quantity of private equity funds in the United States and globally each year. In 2013, we were nationally ranked by Chambers for private equity fund formation. With more than 35 specialist fund formation lawyers dedicated to serving our private equity fund clients, the group forms a cornerstone of Cooley's Private Investment Funds group, which assists private equity and venture fund managers worldwide from our offices in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Colorado, Seattle, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, San Diego and Shanghai.
'A dominant service provider to venture capital funds.' 'Incredible knowledge and expertise; the service [Cooley] provides, from inception through to final closing, is nothing short of superb.'
The Legal 500 (2013)
We serve as primary fund counsel to more than 250 investment fund organizations and represent private equity funds in numerous acquisitions, dispositions and other transactions each year. Since our inception we have formed hundreds of private equity funds. Our private equity fund clients include some of the biggest fund managers worldwide, mid-market managers as well as smaller and boutique managers. Our immersion in the private equity space permits us to remain expert at current market conditions, including terms and participants, to a degree not possible without deep and constant interaction. All of this brings a depth of experience in the lifecycle of private equity fund representation that our clients regularly tell us is extremely valuable to them, and that they have not found elsewhere.
In addition to our dedicated team of more than 35 specialist fund formation lawyers, hundreds of additional lawyers assist our private equity fund clients through representation of funds in their investment activities, as well as through providing specialized services in the areas of taxation, intellectual property, employment law, estate planning, litigation and other related practices that we believe are integral to the successful operation of a private equity firm. We represent a large enough quantity of private equity fund managers that we are able to provide specialized services in these areas from practitioners who are not just generalists in their areas of expertise, but highly trained in the unique and particular needs of private equity fund managers. We believe this brings not only an efficiency but a superior quality of representation for our private equity fund clients, as they can expect a degree of collaboration and a depth of PE-specific knowledge across practitioners of multiple disciplines which is simply not possible on a platform lacking our scale and our dedication to private equity.
- Primary fund counsel to more than 250 investment fund organizations
- Nationally ranked by Chambers for private equity fund formation (2013)
- More than 35 specialist fund formation lawyers, with hundreds more assisting venture fund clients in related areas from investment activities, to taxation, estate planning, litigation and intellectual property
- Helped private equity fund managers over the last four decades
- Practice from our offices in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Colorado, Seattle, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, San Diego and Shanghai
Chambers USA 2013: Ranked Nationally (Private Equity Fund Formation)