Sean Caplice

Sean Caplice is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP. Sean’s corporate and securities law practice focuses on the structuring, formation, organization and operation of venture capital and other private equity funds and their general partner and related management company entities.

Sean advises funds in all stages of their operations, to include the preparation of offering materials, negotiating with investors regarding fund formation matters, drafting partnership, limited liability company and other governance agreements, and counseling fund managers on all aspects of day-to-day operations. Sean serves as fund counsel for a number of top-tier venture capital firms and provides advice regarding all segments of venture fund formation and governance matters, including securities laws and compliance with the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, ERISA as well as other statutes and regulations within the regulatory framework applicable to venture and private equity funds.

Sean’s representative clients include: Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, August Capital, Benchmark Capital, Harrison Metal Capital, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Meritech Capital Partners, SV Angel, Tiger Global and True Ventures.

Sean has been recognized as a leading fund formation attorney by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers, and has been featured in the Daily Journal as one of its “Top 100 Lawyers” in California.

Sean obtained his law degree from Stanford Law School and his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. In addition, he holds FINRA Series 63 and 65 exam licenses, is a registered investment adviser in California and is a Charted Advisor in Philanthropy.


J.D., Stanford Law School
B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point, NY