A Primer on “Freedom of Information Act” (FOIA) Issues for VC Fund Managers

In the United States, at both the federal and state level, investors that are public agencies (such as state and local government employee pension funds, public university endowments, etc.) are usually subject to rights of members of the public to request information about their activities by way of a “freedom […]

I Have a Deal in the Pipeline, but My New Fund Hasn’t Closed Yet – Help!

The Cooley fund group hears from clients with great frequency that an opportunity to make an attractive portfolio company investment – perhaps in a competitive deal, where access is limited – needs to be captured before the scheduled closing of their new venture capital fund. The dilemma comes up from […]

Q4 2017 Venture Financing Report and Commentary From Michael Ronen of SoftBank Investment Advisers

Michael Ronen from SoftBank Investment Advisers discusses his take on the state of venture capital investing. On market fluctuations: Investing is a cyclical business, but we continue to feel good about our outlook because we generally take a long-term view, backing seasoned management teams and differentiated technologies with significant capital […]

Should I Use a Placement Agent?

The issue of whether to use a placement agent is one that we are asked to advise on quite frequently. It’s a good question, for sure. In our experience the answer varies from situation to situation, and may not be straight forward. Many factors drive the analysis. Is it a […]

S Corporation “Dodge” Won’t Work to Skirt the Carried Interest Rules

On February 14, Bloomberg News published an article that quickly made its way around among private investment funds and their lawyers – I received about 10 emails before 9 am from clients. The article discussed a potential structure for general partners of funds (in the article hedge funds, mostly) to […]