We provide practical advice to investors in the technology, life sciences and other sectors — especially where technology enablement and disruption are mission critical.

Fenwick’s private investment funds lawyers advise funds and their sponsors, general partners, investors and other stakeholders at every stage of the fund formation lifecycle.

Our team focuses on all aspects of venture capital funds, private equity funds, corporate venture structures, impact funds, incubators, accelerators and venture studios. We advise on structuring, fundraising, GP compensation, investments, secondary transactions and regulatory matters.

The private investment funds practice is supported by Fenwick’s diverse group of lawyers who advise on tax, executive compensation, employment issues, intellectual property, investments, securities and M&A.

We support our fund clients by drawing on our deep experience in the technology and life sciences sectors—including representing more than 1,000 venture-backed startups and serving as primary corporate counsel to many of the most valuable venture-backed technology companies.

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  • Funds and Sponsors
      • Fund, GP and management company structuring and governance
      • Guidance through the marketing and fundraising process
      • Regulatory and tax planning and compliance
      • Compensation and incentive programs, including complex carried interest structures
      • Changes in personnel and restructuring
      • Negotiations with domestic and international investors from inception through windup
      • Structuring for investments by international and tax-exempt investors
      • Portfolio company investments
      • Co-investments
      • Special purpose vehicles (SPVs)
  • Investors
    • Evaluating opportunities and assessing fund terms
    • Negotiating and structuring fund terms, side letters and co-investments
    • Structuring investments to maximize tax efficiency
  • Portfolio Companies
    • Day-to-day legal needs of the portfolio companies of our venture capital and private equity sponsor clients
    • Fund operations, terms and conditions
    • Investor negotiations, tax-advantaged structuring and cross-border structuring
    • Tax considerations, including those impacting offshore or tax-exempt investors and fundraising

Practice Services

  • Counseling on the formation of many types of funds, including venture capital, corporate VC, private equity, incubator, accelerator, impact funds and fund of funds
  • Advising investors­—including large institutional and corporate investors—in evaluating opportunities and negotiating and structuring fund terms
  • Managing the day-to-day legal needs of the portfolio companies of our venture capital and private equity sponsor clients

    Representative Clients

    • Bookend Capital Partners
    • Premera Blue Cross
    • Facebook
    • Black Star Fund
    • Higher Ground Labs
    • The Boundless Venture Co.
    • Tercera
    • PointGuard Ventures
    • Intuit
    • Columbia Pacific Wealth Management
    • XRC Labs
    • Imaginary Ventures
    • Stanford 2020
    • Mirae Asset Global Investments
    • Gingerbread Capital
    • Plum Alley
    • Reliance Industries

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