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Jonathan Axelrad

Goodwin Procter LLP

Menlo Park, CA, USA

Jonathan Axelrad is a partner in the firm's Business Law Department and a member of its Private Investment Funds Practice. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2007.

Work for Clients
 Mr. Axelrad specializes in all aspects of the formation and operation of venture capital and other private equity funds, with a particular emphasis on issues involving partnerships, limited liability companies, tax, ERISA, the Investment Advisers Act and the Freedom of Information Act. He has extensive experience in the areas of international fund structures and "market" terms and conditions. He has also been engaged as an expert witness in matters concerning the structure and operation of venture capital funds. Mr. Axelrad's practice has been devoted almost exclusively to fund services since 1996.

Professional Activities
 Mr. Axelrad has been an active member of several American Bar Association and State Bar of California committees regarding tax, partnerships and limited liability companies. He has served as an Advisory Board member for The Journal of State Taxation; Private Equity Partnership Terms and Conditions, an Asset Alternatives report; and the PE/VC Partnership Agreement Study 2010-2011, published by Reuters.

Professional Experience
 Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Axelrad was a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he led (and then co-led) that firm's fund services practice. Earlier in his career, he was an associate in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Bar and Court Admissions
 Mr. Axelrad is admitted to practice in California.

 Mr. Axelrad has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (National Ranking for Venture Capital/Fund Formations) and The Legal 500 U.S., and was named a "top dealmaker" by AlwaysOn magazine.


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1987 (Claude R. Lambe Fellowship)
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1984 (Phi Beta Kappa)

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