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Portrait of Matthew Bartus
in San Francisco
​​3 Embarcadero Center
20th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

What I do:
I solve legal and business problems for high-growth companies, from founders with an idea (who are typically pre-incorporation) to established later-stage businesses. I assist with setting up a corporate structure that enables fast and flexible growth, and a solid legal basis for future financings and liquidity events. As those companies mature, I typically act as “outside general counsel,” helping companies with varied legal matters such as financings, M&A and public offerings. I offer clients market knowledge on terms and strategies for navigating difficult situations. I also work extensively with investors (angel, seed and VC).

What my clients value: 
Responsiveness, efficiency, market knowledge and ability to navigate tricky situations.

Why Cooley?
Cooley combines an exceptional breadth of global resources and access to our ecosystem with a culture of collaboration, so we are all incentivized to help Cooley clients. We are experts in helping companies take the leap from startup to high growth venture and beyond.

Some of my clients:
Automattic (WordPress), SoftBank Vision Fund, Hired, Cleo, Survios, Google, Rasa, GGV Capital, Hipcamp, Mattermost, Ethos, Singtel Innov8

Photography, gadgets, swimming, blogging

I root for:
Golden State Warriors