Malcolm is a fund partner in our Boston office

Malcolm B. Nicholls, III
Malcolm B. Nicholls, III
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Malcolm B. Nicholls, III

Malcolm is a partner in Gunderson’s industry-leading fund formation practice. He brings over 20 years of experience representing venture capital and private equity fund managers and investment advisors globally on a wide range of issues, including formations, secondary transactions, internal governance, and divestments and distributions.

A significant portion of Malcolm’s practice focuses on representing general partners in the formation and maintenance of venture capital and private equity investment funds.The majority of Malcolm’s career has focused on representing venture capital funds, and his arrival at Gunderson Dettmer is a return to his roots, where he can support funds throughout their lifecycle. He also represents domestic and foreign institutional investors, or their advisors, with respect to their investments across the private equity asset class as well as with the acquisition and sale of secondary partnership interests.

Malcolm has authored numerous articles and is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences both domestically and abroad. His lecture topics range from such subjects as “Top Strategies for Negotiating Terms and Conditions with Limited Partners” to “The U.S. Perspective on Today’s Fundraising Environment.”

Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, Malcolm was the co-head of the private funds group at a major international law firm. He also served as a Sergeant/Russian Linguist in the U.S. Army from 1984-1988.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of New Hampshire, B.A.
    • magna cum laude


Chambers USA: Massachusetts: Private Equity: Fund Formation 2004-2017

The Legal 500 United States: Investment Fund Formation & Management: Private Equity Funds 2011-2015

Best Lawyers in America 2006-2018

Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2008-2017

Boston's Best Lawyers 2010