Source - PitchBook, 2019
in the Great Lakes region for venture deals
venture financings and exits since 2015
in venture financings and exits since 2015
Gunderson Dettmer opened its eighth office in Ann Arbor, Michigan in Fall 2015 to better serve founders and investors in the Midwest — the first coastal venture-focused law firm to open an office in the region.
By 2018, PitchBook, the premier research platform for the venture ecosystem, named Gunderson Dettmer the #1 most active VC law firm in the Great Lakes. The firm was again named the most active law firm in the Great Lakes in 2019.
Gunderson’s Midwest team works with startups throughout the entire corporate life cycle – from founders needing counsel at incorporation, to early stage companies looking to raise capital and scale, to growth companies preparing for acquisition or IPO exit.
Our Ann Arbor-based team routinely represents venture capital firms in financing transactions and related portfolio company matters. The firm’s fund formation specialists also represent numerous Midwest-based venture capitalists in their fundraising activities.
Represented Duo Security,
a cybersecurity company headquartered in Ann Arbor, in its $2.35 billion acquisition by Cisco in 2018, after representing the company through several rounds of venture financing.
This deal is reported to be the largest acquisition of a venture-backed startup in Michigan history.
Selected Midwest Matters
How We Help Companies and Investors Succeed
Represented May Mobility, an autonomous vehicle startup, in its $50 million Series B financing, led by Toyota Motor Corporation.
Gunderson has represented the company, which has driverless vehicles deployed in Detroit and Columbus, since its formation.
Represented lead investors in
the Series C and D financings of Columbus-based Root Insurance. The Series D financing was reported to be at a $1 billion
Root, an AI-driven car insurance platform, was named by Venture Beat as one ofthe "Top 10 Startups Outside of Silicon Valley to
Watch in 2019."
largest start-up exit in Michigan history
Meet Our Midwest Team
Alex specializes in the representation of emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles, venture capital financings and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, Alex was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, where he focused primarily on private and public company M&A.
Sogoal specializes in the
representation of emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles, from incorporation to
Prior to rejoining the firm, she was Director, Legal/Operations at Clinc, an Ann Arbor-based enterprise AI startup company. She was also an associate in the Silicon Valley office of Wilson Sonsini.
Sogoal A. Salari
Sid focuses on the representation of emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles.
Sid represents a wide variety of technology companies from consumer internet, software, telecommunications, and entertainment technology industries, as well as a number of leading venture capital firms.
Nick represents a wide variety of technology companies from consumer internet, software, telecommunications, and entertainment technology industries, as well as a number of leading venture capital firms. Prior to joining Gunderson, Nick was an associate at firms in New York, NY and San Francisco as well as an executive at an online investments start-up.
The Ann Arbor office is led by corporate partner Marcia Hatch, who returned to her Michigan roots after more than a decade in Silicon Valley. Marcia has a wide range of experience with technology and life science startups and representation of venture capital and other early stage investors as well as significant M&A and public offering experience.
Marcia A. Hatch
Zahrah advises startups on growth-stage legal and business needs, and counsels venture capital firms on their investments in promising entrepreneurs.
Prior to law school, Zahrah was a management consultant and spent time at a technology company in New York City working on sales operations and strategy.