Mark P. Tanoury

Partner, Palo Alto at Cooley LLP

Mark P. Tanoury

Mark P. Tanoury

Partner, Palo Alto at Cooley LLP

Biography

Mark Tanoury's practice includes all areas of corporate, partnership and securities law, with a focus on the
formation and financing of emerging growth companies and venture capital partnerships. He has served as
lead counsel in a wide variety of public and private financings over the years and has been a speaker at
numerous seminars on the topic.
Mark has been recognized by Chambers USA (2008 – 2020) as a national Band 1 leader in the categories of
Startups & Emerging Companies and Investment Funds: Venture Capital and in California as a leader in
Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital. He has been consistently named as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in
America in the category of Venture Capital Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law and Private Equity Law. He
has been highlighted in the Hall of Fame by Legal 500 in the Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
category.
Mark has been with Cooley since his legal career began in 1982. He served as chair of Cooley's business
department from 1999 to 2002 and currently serves on the firm's compensation committee.

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Education
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Class of 1982

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

M.B.A. in Finance
Class of 1978

The Walter A. Haas School of Business, also known as the Haas School of Business or simply Haas, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. The school runs a range of programs and is consistently ranked among the best in the country. Known for its small class size, academic rigor, and application selectivity, Haas is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. It is the second oldest business school in the United States.

BA in Accounting, summa cum laude
Class of 1977

The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870, as a land-grant university and ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.

Memberships
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Prior

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants provides vocational education in accounting. The company provides services to the accounting community, regulatory bodies, and other organizations. It also operates in Jersey City, Washington, and Lewisville. It was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

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The Michigan Law Review is an American law review established in 1902, after Gustavus Ohlinger, a student in the Law Department (now the Law School) of the University of Michigan, approached the dean with a proposal for a law journal. The Michigan Law Review was originally intended as a forum in which the faculty of the Law Department could publish its legal scholarship. The faculty resolution creating the Michigan Law Review required every faculty member to submit two articles per year to the new journal.

Career History
Partner, Palo Alto
1982 - Current

Cooley LLP is a provider of strategic litigation and business transaction services and is a representative of private and public companies, financial institutions, venture capital firms and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Secretary
Prior

MyBuys, Inc. engages in the provision of software technology marketing. The company was founded by Anu Shukla, Robert E. Cell, and Paul Rosenblum in 2001 and is headquartered in Plymouth, MI.

Advisor
Prior

Altos ventures invests in companies located in the US and Asia. The firm targets companies operating in the fields of consumer and enterprise technology. It provides financing for early stage capital requirements.

Political Donations
$1,000
2003

Founder at Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLC

$1,000
2000

Former Governor of New York

Transactions
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Certify, Inc., K1 Investment Management LLC purchase Chrome River Technologies, Inc. from The Argentum Group (New York), Bain Capital Ventures LP, Adams Street Partners LLC, First Analysis Corp., Great Hill Partners LP

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Teladoc Health, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

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Roku, Inc. issued USD Common Stock

Awards & Honors
2015
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Venture Capital Law
2015
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Securities/Capital Markets Law
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Investment Funds: Venture Capital
Events
Speaker
Santa Barbara, CA, United States
2012 Merrill Lynch Venture Service Group Private Equity CFO Conference

Speaker
Four Seasons Resort-Santa Barbara, CA
2012 Merrill Lynch Venture Service Group Private Equity CFO Conference

Speaker
Laguna Beach, CA, United States
2011 Merrill Lynch Venture Service Group Private Equity CFO Conference

Other Affiliations

Mark P. Tanoury is affiliated with Cooley LLP, MyBuys, Inc., Altos Ventures Management, Inc.

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