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Commentators describe Mr. Hoffman as 'best in class' for his work advising clients in the venture capital sector in a range of emerging industries.

Chambers 2017

Daniel Scott Hoffman

  • 200 Clarendon Street
  • Boston, MA 02116
  • USA

Dan Hoffman advises emerging and late-stage technology and life sciences companies throughout their life cycle, including on venture financings and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Hoffman advises companies on:

  • Early-stage formation and strategy
  • Seed, venture and growth financings
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Employment matters
  • Equity incentives
  • Securities law compliance
  • Corporate governance matters
  • University spin-outs

He draws on extensive company-side experience and a sophisticated sense of the technology industry landscape to provide founders and management with commercial and actionable advice.

Mr. Hoffman ranked best in class for Massachusetts Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment by Chambers USA 2017.

Mr. Hoffman was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2021, a distinction provided to rising stars of the local legal community.

Mr. Hoffman was recognized by Legal 500 in 2021 as “a terrific advisor” and an “unbelievable hard worker [that] understands and simplifies very complex problems.”

Mr. Hoffman’s representative work includes advising:

Venture Capital Financings

  • Affera, a medical device company, in its US$75 million Series C financing
  • ASAPP, an artificial intelligence software company, in multiple venture capital financings, including its US$120 million Series C financing
  • Drizly, an e-commerce company, in multiple venture capital financings
  •, a data analytics company, in multiple venture capital financings
  • Impact, a partnership management platform, in its US$150 million financing
  • Mainstay Medical, a medical device company, in its US$108 million financing
  • Omio, an online travel company, in multiple venture capital financings 
  • Portal Instruments, a medical device company, in multiple venture capital financings 
  • pulseData, an artificial intelligence and machine learning kidney care platform, in its US$16 million Series A financing
  • Nasuni, a file data service company, in its US$60 million growth equity financing 
  • Rent the Runway, an e-commerce company, in its Series D financing
  • Sense Labs, a smart home sensor company, in its US$100 million Series C financing
  •, an artificial intelligence company, in its US$50 million Series B financing
  • Verve, a wearable robotics company, in its US$15 million Series A financing
  • VillageMD in its US$1 billion investment and US$5.2 billion investment from, and commercial partnership with, Walgreens  

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Area 1 Security, a cyber security company, in its $162 million sale to Cloudflare
  • Amphenol in multiple acquisitions
  • in its US$500 million sale to IAC
  • Cartera in its sale to Ebates
  • CityMaps in its sale to TripAdvisor 
  • Cloud Health in its sale to VMWare
  • Drizly, an e-commerce company, in its sale for US$1.1 billion to Uber
  • Desktop Metal, a 3-D printing company, in multiple acquisitions, including its US$575 million acquisition of ExOne
  • Evolv Technology, an artificial intelligence security company, in its US$1.7 billion deSPAC merger
  • Headspace, an online provider of well-being care, in its US$3.0 billion merger of equals with Ginger 
  • Keybase in its sale to Zoom 
  • LogMeIn in its acquisition of the GoTo Business of Citrix Systems
  • SpaceClaim in its sale to ANSYS 
  • The Echo Nest in its sale to Spotify 
  • Thought Industries in its strategic growth investment from Luminate Capital
  • Veracode in its US$614 million sale to CA Technologies

General Corporate Advice

  • 5-Out, a restaurant tech machine learning platform
  • Cuely, a workplace mindfulness platform
  • Fairwinds, a Kubernetes security, policy and governance company
  • Feather, an e-commerce platform for furniture rentals
  • Imago, a wearable robotics company
  • Intain, a blockchain finance company
  • Lexington Medical, a medical device company
  • Metalenz, a meta-optics company
  • Pison Technology, a gesture control company
  • Pipedream, a hyperlogistics company
  • Raise Marketplace, an e-commerce platform for selling new and used gift cards
  • RapidDeploy, a mapping and analytics platform for public safety
  • Realtime Robotics, a motion planning and robotics company
  • Smallhold, an AgTech company
  • Sublime Systems, a cement de-carbonization company
  • Transcend Software, a design automation company
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