But there is a way to be decent about these things. The people at VentureSource might need to brush up on their etiquette. The venture capital resource group sent out the following email to many of their subscribers, including some people who are still affiliated with Heller Ehrman:
Heller Erman[sic] dissolved its practice last week. This week, dozens of venture capital firms and portfolio companies may be in search of new legal representation.
See all the clients–including their financial details and key contacts–available in VentureSource. You can also use the database to spot other potential clients in every industry and region in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and China.
Don’t wait: Call me at [redacted] or send me an e-mail to subscribe to VentureSource or set up a personal demonstration.
Position Your Business to Benefit from the Fall of Heller (& Others)
Verily, the funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage table.
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that 15 partners from Heller Ehrman will join the Firm. Ten partners will join Cooley in Silicon Valley, four in Seattle, where Cooley will open an office, and one in Washington, DC. In addition to comprising the core of Heller’s Venture Law Group (VLG) in these offices, the partners joining Cooley include the heads of Heller’s firm-wide business and intellectual property transactions practices, the co-heads of its energy and clean technology practice, the co-chair of its life sciences practice and two VLG co-founders.
Heller receives an apology from VentureSource after the jump.
Heller people we’ve talked to have been happy to see their colleagues land on their feet at Cooley and other places. But they were not at all happy with the VentureSource email.
VentureSource reversed course and sent around this apology to all of their subscribers:
We apologize for today’s VentureSource email, which was in poor taste. It should have focused on the attributes of VentureSource and its value to your business at this time, and less on a company’s unfortunate demise. We did not mean to offend Heller Ehrman, who has been a loyal client of ours over the years. Again, we sincerely apologize for this error.
Heller Ehrman is not dead yet.
Cooley Adds 15 Corporate and Technology Partners, Expands to Seattle [Cooley Godward]