Category: Primers

Primer: Why Trademark Protection is Important for Venture Capital Firms

We’re a VC firm – we don’t sell consumer products – why do we need to care about trademarks?  For any business, one’s good name is one of its most essential assets.   That is especially true in venture capital, where, according to a 2004 study[1], firms with high reputations are […]

Primer: Selecting the Domicile for your Venture Capital Fund

We are often asked, by both new and established managers, “where should I form my next venture capital fund”?  We will hold the short list for purposes of this article at the discussion of Delaware versus Cayman, those being far and away the most prominent places for venture capital funds […]

Primer: Management Fees in Venture Capital Funds

We are often asked about the “market” rate for management fees in actively managed venture capital funds.  This primer discusses mainstream venture capital funds, so to speak.  If your fund is in the venture space but has special attributes (such as being a secondaries fund, a very small micro-fund, a […]

Primer: LP Governance Rights in Venture Capital Funds

Venture capital funds are closed-ended, long duration blind pools.  In the many years following closing, the fund manager is permitted to operate and invest the fund in its discretion as long as it stays within some limited guidelines codified at inception in the partnership agreement.  But, what happens if circumstances […]

Primer: Carried Interest in Venture Capital Funds

We are often asked about the prevalent market options for structuring carried interest provisions in venture capital funds.  In this post, we’ll speak of mainstream venture capital funds, so to speak.  Terms differ in special situations, like co-investment funds, top-up funds, funds that are wholly or partially funds-of-funds, and so […]