Matthew Bartus

I help entrepreneurs with innovative ideas build great companies.

I am a corporate attorney that represents emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycle, from incorporation, through financing to an acquisition or IPO. I counsel entrepreneurs on the formation of their companies, equity structures, negotiations with seed and VC investors, and employment and IP matters. I also work with management of later-stage private companies and public companies on a broad range of matters including securities offerings, debt financing, corporate governance, M&A and other strategic transactions. In most cases, I act as outside general counsel to my clients.

I also represent VC funds in investment transactions and larger companies in M&A transactions. The M&A and VC transactions I have worked on have ranged in value from very small to over $10 billion. The total value of all of my transactions is well in excess of $30 billion.

The clients that I have represented operate in a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer internet, technology, information systems, life sciences/biotechnology, medical devices, financial services, clean-tech/renewable energy, and software.

Some of the clients that I have advised include:
Automattic (WordPress), WordPress Foundation, 500Friends, Ness Computing, FlexPaths, GroupCard, MotorMouths, Solera Networks, Xuropa, Ziosoft, FireEye, NotchUp, LumenData, Multispan, Cilion, Technorati, WageWorks, Plusmo, MBA Polymers, Healthline, CamelBak, Autonomy, RightNow Tech, and Ribbit.

Some of the VC clients that I have advised include:
Allegis Capital, Alsop Louie Partners, Khosla Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners, VantagePoint, Azure Capital, Peninsula Ventures, Foundation Capital, IDG Ventures SF and FTV Capital.

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Prior legal experience:

Partner, Gunderson Dettmer
Associate, Morgan Lewis
Associate, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison
Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell