Babak (Bo) Yaghmaie

Adjunct Professor (Fall term)
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Contact Information
Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Fax: (607) 255-7193

Lyndsey Clark
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Babak (Bo) Yaghmaie is the firmwide corporate head of vertical initiative & strategy at Cooley LLP. Bo's practice entails the representation of private and publicly held emerging growth, high technology and life science companies, leading investment banks and venture capital funds, with a particular focus on seed and venture financings, IPOs, public offerings of equity securities, and mergers and acquisitions.

Bo is widely regarded as a leading participant in the New York venture capital and emerging growth markets and regularly represents a broad range of startups, venture-backed companies and venture capital funds. He has led well over 250 venture financing transactions and has been involved in many of the leading corporate and financing transactions in the New York area.

Bo has represented issuers and underwriters in more than 30 IPOs and dozens of equity public offerings by venture-backed issuers across a variety of verticals in the technology and life sciences industries. He has served as counsel to many leading investment banks, including Cowen & Company, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Friedman Billings Ramsey, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, Piper Jaffray and Stifel. Bo has been named among the Top 100 IPO Lawyers in the United States.

Bo also is among the authors of the widely used book, "Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation," published by Aspen Law & Business. He is a senior contributing editor of VC Experts' Venture Capital Encyclopedia and a contributing writer at Entrepreneur Magazine. He is a Techstars Mentor and a member of the Entrepreneurial Sounding Board at Columbia University's Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center. Bo has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers," and by AlwaysOn as a "New York City Power Player" in digital media each of the last three years.

Prior to joining Cooley, Bo headed the New York corporate & securities technology group and venture capital practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Prior to that, he was a co-founding partner of the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


B.A., Emory University, 1989
J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1992