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 fund formation practice represents fund managers and sponsors at every stage of the fund formation lifecycle, including structuring, forming and operating venture capital funds, venture studios, crypto investment vehicles, DAOs, corporate venture operations, investment clubs, impact funds, incubators, accelerators and private equity funds.


Our fund formation practice is a highly focused boutique practice within a larger firm offering our clients the attention they need in designing and executing traditional or novel investment vehicles and providing cutting-edge risk analysis and pragmatic business guidance. Our services include:

  • Strategic counseling
  • Overall structuring and fundraising guidance
  • Organizing GPs, management companies, funds and other investment vehicles
  • Designing crypto and VC/crypto investment vehicles and DAOs
  • Designing and setting up corporate VC operations
  • Negotiations with domestic and international investors
  • Securities and tax analysis, planning and compliance
  • Compensation and incentives programs
  • Changes in personnel and restructuring
  • SPVs, co-investments, parallel funds, feeder funds, offshore structuring

We advise on every type of fund or studio formation related to venture, tech, life sciences, blockchain or cryptocurrency. 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. Our collaborative service approach also includes working closely with our tax attorneys to identify and resolve specific tax considerations that may arise, including those impacting offshore or tax-exempt stakeholders.

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Representative Clients

  • 111 West Capital 
  • Animal Capital
  • Avesta
  • Black Star 
  • CAL Innovation Fund I
  • Carta Ventures
  • Coinbase Ventures
  • Collide Capital
  • Cortical Ventures
  • Embedded Ventures
  • Meta (fka Facebook)
  • FTX/Alameda Research
  • Higher Ground Labs
  • Human Capital
  • Kuos Investment Capital 
  • Mysten Labs
  • Original Capital
  • OVN Capital
  • Palm Tree Crew
  • Pipe
  • Platform Studio
  • QBIT Capital
  • Renegade Partners
  • Rock Health Capital
  • Russell Westbrook Enterprises
  • Science Partners 
  • Shorewind Capital
  • Starship Ventures
  • Toyota Ventures
  • Two Punks Capital
  • UpWest
  • WXR Partners
  • XRC Labs

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