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Mike Penney is co-head of Arnold & Porter's Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice. He advises on startup, venture capital and M&A transactions, as well as public company reporting and compliance matters.

His clients include startups, growth stage companies, private equity portfolio companies and global corporations in the technology and life sciences industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Penney served as General Counsel of Hercules Capital, a venture financing firm focused on venture-backed and publicly traded life sciences and technology companies.

Mr. Penney previously served as Vice President and Senior Counsel at State Street Corporation, where he negotiated and led domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investment transactions.



  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2002, cum laude
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, 1999


  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts