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Buddy Arnheim

Buddy Arnheim

Perkins Coie LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Buddy Arnheim, a senior partner in the firm's Business practice, is the founder and co-chair of the firms’ Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice. Mr. Arnheim is trained as a corporate and securities lawyer, and has spent his entire career working with fast growing startup companies, venture capital funds and other investors who fund those businesses, and the investment banks and advisory firms who service those companies. Buddy is nationally recognized as one of the premier practitioners in the venture capital industry, and is widely referenced for his experience in the areas of corporate and securities law and corporate governance matters. He has been involved in hundreds of transactions, including public equity and debt offerings, merger/acquisition transactions, private equity investments, venture capital financing transactions, and complex restructurings and spin-off transactions.

Buddy's clientele includes startup and well-established emerging growth companies, primarily in the software, information technology, Internet, fixed and mobile communications technology, cleantech and life sciences sectors. In addition to founding and co-chairing the firm's ECVC practice, he also chairs the firm's Israel and Cleantech practices. In his spare time, Buddy serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he teaches an intensive seminar course on entrepreneurship. Buddy has lectured at Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and various professional and industry seminars. He co-authored “The Public Company Handbook: A Practical Guide for Officers and Directors,” published by Bowne Financial Printing. He also co-founded Titan Aerospace, an atmospheric satellite upstart that was acquired by Google in 2014.

Take a closer look at the Perkins Coie Emerging Company Video Seminar Series hosted by Buddy Arnheim.


  • California
  • Illinois


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics, magna cum laude


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016: Corporate Law
  • Ranked in Chambers USA (Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital), 2015 - 2016; (Startups & Emerging Companies), 2016
  • Recognized as a “Notable Practitioner” by Chambers USA, 2014 
  • Listed in San Francisco Magazine "Top Attorneys In Northern California," 2008
  • Named in San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal "Top 40 Under 40" 2006
  • Listed in San Francisco Magazine "Super Lawyers of Northern California," 2005 - 2008


  • John Austin Cheley Foundation, Board Member
  • California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC), Board Member
  • Guest lecturer at Stanford University, Tel Aviv University, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and several Bay Area community colleges


  • Mid-Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Board of Directors


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villenueve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, Menlo Park, CA, Senior Associate and Founding Member
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, Palo Alto, CA, Associate
  • Altheimer & Grey, Chicago, IL, Summer Associate; Associate
  • University of Illinois, Undergraduate School of Business, Champaign-Urbana, IL, Teaching Assistant


Idea to IPO: How to Raise Early Stage Capital
Perkins Coie / Palo Alto, CA

How to Raise Early Stage Capital
Speaking Engagements Stanford University

Buddy Arnheim is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Term Sheet Negotiation - Venture Capital 2017: Nuts and Bolts, Thursday, June 29, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Term Sheet Negotiation - Term Sheet Negotiation, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Term Sheet Negotiation - Term Sheet Negotiation, Thursday, June 29, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Term Sheet Negotiation - Term Sheet Negotiation, Thursday, June 29, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Venture Capital 2017: Nuts and Bolts, Friday, July 07, 2017, San Francisco, CA

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