He has bridged German super brands in the automotive & banking industries with Silicon Valley incubators

Daniel Zimmermann

Partner, WilmerHale, Palo Alto, USA

Why you should listen

Daniel Zimmermann is an accomplished lawyer with extensive experience in complex corporate transactions and venture technology issues.

For nearly 20 years, he has advised emerging companies and technology startups, and draws on his global experiences counseling companies in the United States and Europe.

He provides sophisticated counsel on a variety of corporate governance and finance matters, as well as exit transactions such as public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

He further counsels Silicon Valley-based venture capital firms, as well as global venture and private equity funds in their portfolio investments in the US and abroad. He has helped bridge these companies with well-known German super brands in automotive and banking industries.

Hear Daniel’s stories and how he navigates the complicated legal world of Silicon Valley at WORLDWEBFORUM 2020.

About WilmerHale

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale) is a leading, full-service international law firm with 1,000 lawyers located throughout 13 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our lawyers work at the intersection of government, technology and business, and we remain committed to our guiding principles of:

— providing quality, world-class legal and client services;
— developing diversity among our lawyers and staff;
— fostering an environment that promotes an entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration and collegiality by drawing on the exceptional talents and varied experience of our lawyers;
— encouraging lawyers and staff to perform public service and give back to the community through pro bono work, government service, service to the bar, teaching, and supporting public institutions and charitable organizations; and
— hiring and retaining exceptionally talented lawyers who possess the common trait of outstanding academic and personal achievements.



Daniel Zimmermann is known for his vast experience in dealing with complex corporate transactions and venture technology issues.

He has advised emerging companies and technology startups for nearly 20 years.

Global in scope, his experience working with companies in the United States and Europe allowed him to provide sophisticated counsel on a variety of corporate governance and finance matters. He also has gained expertise in advising Silicon Valley-based venture capital firms and bridging them with well-known German automative and banking brands.

His practice involves representation of clients in global expansions and off-shore acquisitions by US companies.

From 2007 to 2008, he was seconded to a European law firm where he worked on private equity, capital markets, and venture capital transactions in both London and Munich.

Mr. Zimmermann is a member of the California and New York Bar Associations and the International Law Sections of the American, California and New York Bar Associations.

Mr. Zimmermann has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California for the 2009-2010 term and as Chairman of the Board of the German American Business Association.

Mr. Zimmermann also previously served as president and board member of Alto International School in Menlo Park and serves as primary pro bono counsel to the School.