Gunderson Dettmer represented client NotCo, the Chilean food technology company making plant-based milk and meat replacements, in its $85M Series C financing led by L Catterton and Future Positive.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Spark Capital as it led the $30 million Series B financing of Deel, a payroll and compliance platform for businesses engaging international contractors and employees.
Gunderson Dettmer represented clients Lightspeed India Partners, Sequoia Capital India and Greenoaks Capital in their $8M Series A investment into Apna Time, a Bangalore-based startup building a recruitment platform for blue and grey collar workers in India.
Gunderson Dettmer represented the lead investors, who included Leeds Illuminate, in the $113 million Series D financing into Eruditus, a Mumbai-based company that works with top universities globally to offer more than 100 executive-level courses to students in over 80 nations.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Course Hero, an online learning platform, in its $70+ million Series B extension, which brings Course Hero’s valuation to greater than $1.1 billion.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Finix, a startup that provides payments-related services to other companies, in its $30 million Series B extension led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and American Express Ventures.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Kavak in its merger with Checkars, an online marketplace for secondhand automobiles. With the merger Kavak will be expanding from Mexico into Argentina.
Gunderson Dettmer employment law partner Natalie Pierce has been named among the 2020 Fastcase 50 award winners.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Gigafund as it led the $74 million Series C financing of Lambda School, a platform that runs virtual nine- and 18-month (part-time) computer science courses.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client BlockFi in its $50 million Series C financing led by Morgan Creek Digital, with participation from Valar Ventures, CMT Digital, Castle Island Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, SCB 10X, Avon Ventures, Purple Arch Ventures, Kenetic Capital and HashKey.
PitchBook data released in its Q2 2020 Interactive Global League Tables indicates Gunderson Dettmer is the #1 most active law firm advising venture capital firms and venture-backed startups in H1 2020.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client HomeLight in its acquisition of Disclosures.io, a tool that enables real estate professionals to manage, market, and sell listings in one secure location.
Gunderson Dettmer has added Natalie A. Pierce as a Partner and chair of its Labor & Employment practice. Joining from Littler, Pierce has rich experience guiding technology, life sciences and other high growth technology companies from startup through their lifecycles. She adds keen insights into the workplace issues at play in venture funding and M&A activities, as well as how those issues impact international transactions.
Gina Marek, a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, has been named the Northern California head of the Licensing, Strategic Partnering & Commercial Transactions practice group.
Gunderson Dettmer represented Initialized Capital in the formation of Initialized Capital V L.P., the fund’s fifth fund. The firm secured $230 million in capital commitments and will focus on seed investments.
Gunderson Dettmer represented Thrive Capital in its co-lead investment of Fanatics, a multi-channel sports merchandise retailer, in its $350 million Series E financing. Thrive Capital was joined by Fidelity Management, Franklin Templeton Investments and Neuberger Berman Group. Fanatics is now valued at approximately $6.2 billion.
India Business Law Journal (IBLJ) has ranked Gunderson Dettmer among the top twenty Significant Players for leading foreign law firms handling India-related deals.
Gunderson Dettmer represented clients Coatue and Thrive Capital in the Series D investment of Gong.io, a startup providing an “intelligence platform” for enterprise sales teams.
Over the last several months, we have seen a dramatic interest among successful venture-backed companies in pursuing an exit with SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies). An exit via a SPAC entity may be the right option for companies looking to raise capital and obtain access to the public markets in lieu of a traditional IPO.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client High Definition Vehicle Insurance (HDVI), a startup that helps small and mid-size trucking fleets improve their safety, compliance and operations, in its $16 million Series A financing led by 8VC and Munich Re Ventures, with additional participation from Qualcomm Ventures and Autotech Ventures.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Dragoneer in the $200M growth capital financing round for Trumid, a financial technology company and fixed income electronic trading platform.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Valence, the Los Angeles-based online community dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, in its $5.25 million Series A financing led GGV Capital.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Skillshare, the world's largest online learning community for creativity, in its $66 million Series D financing led by OMERS Growth Equity.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Farmers Business Network (FBNSM), the leading direct-to-farm ag tech platform and farmer network, in its $250 million Series F financing led by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock Inc., with participation from new investors Baron Capital Group, Balyasny Asset Management LP, Mandi Ventures, Lupa Systems and Ron Shaich.
LMG Life Sciences has shortlisted Gunderson Dettmer for Venture Capital Firm of the Year and corporate partner Tim Ehrlich for Venture Capital Attorney of the Year.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Nice Tuan, a leading brand in Chinese community retail, in its $80 million Series C2 financing led by CDH Fund with participation from GGV Capital, INCE Capital, and CMBC Capital.
Gunderson Dettmer represented client Geltor, a biodesign startup, in its $91.3 million Series B financing led by CPT Capital with significant commitment from WTT Investment Ltd., to expand its ingredients-as-a-service platform globally.
This alert is the third in our series of Privacy Topics: Practical Guidance from Gunderson Dettmer – a collection of practical privacy and data security guidance and accompanying materials designed to facilitate your company’s compliance efforts. As companies throughout the U.S. are starting to reopen their offices after months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s alert focuses on privacy considerations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other laws in connection with COVID-19 screening in the workplace. The CCPA went into effect on January 1, 2020, and enforcement by the California Attorney-General began on July 1, 2020, with no delay in enforcement despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gunderson Dettmer client Neotribe Ventures announced the formation of its new $216M fund, Neotribe Ventures II.
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