Gunderson Dettmer Grows Headcount 30% in 'Banner Year' Driven by Tech and Life Sciences Boom

February 7, 2022Firm News

This article was first released by on January 26, 2022.

Tremendous demand from tech and life sciences clients fueled a historic year of growth in 2021 for Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, according to firm leadership. 

The firm grew its lawyer headcount in the period by one-third to 422 attorneys, which includes 110 partners.

Gunderson was already active in dealmaking, and in 2021 it saw its deal value for venture financings increase 107%. As more of the firm’s long-term clients became late-stage companies, and investor interest surged, M&A and IPO activity also ticked up.

“I can qualitatively say it was a banner year for the firm,” managing partner David Young said. “In a normal year, some practices are up and some are down. Last year, everything was up."

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