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 more than 25 years of experience representing venture capital and growth equity fund sponsors 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 fund sponsors in the formation and maintenance of venture capital and growth equity funds. The majority of Malcolm’s career has focused on representing private investment funds throughout their lifecycle. Malcolm has also spent a portion of his career representing 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 investment 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: Private Equity: Fund Formation - Massachusetts 2004-2018; 2022

Chambers Global: Venture Capital: Fund Formation - USA 2022

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

U.S. News: Best Lawyers in America 2006-Present

Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2008-Present

Boston's Best Lawyers 2010


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