Arshad Ahmed serves as Counsel in the firm’s Corporate Group.  At VLP, he specializes in supporting and counseling entrepreneurs, startups, venture capitalists and angel investors located around the world, primarily along the Silicon Valley model. 

Arshad’s representation of companies spans the complete business life-cycle, from formation to exit, including pre-incorporation advice, general corporate counseling, investment rounds, technology transactions, employee incentivization, mergers and acquisitions, and winding up.  Having worked with many leading private equity, venture capital and angel investors, Arshad is adept at resolving business issues, and works closely with clients to pre-plan strategies for achieving their known and unanticipated business objectives. 

His career experience gives Arshad unique insights into advocacy on behalf of founders, investors, shareholders, and boards.  Prior to VLP, Arshad founded an investment fund to support startups in underserved and underinvested markets.  Before that, he served in San Francisco as Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, one of the nation’s premier law firms and an Am Law 10 firm, where he represented private equity funds and their portfolio companies in all aspects of business legal and strategic planning.  Arshad began his legal career in the Washington DC and Silicon Valley offices of Latham & Watkins LLP, another Am Law 10 firm and one of the nation’s premier law firms, where he represented all kinds of businesses in numerous sectors.  He has served over the last decade as adjunct faculty at various top tier law schools, teaching business and finance courses such as Introduction to Private Equity and Venture Capital at institutions such as Vanderbilt Law School, Wake Forest Law School and UC Berkeley Law School.  

Arshad was bestowed his Juris Doctor degree by the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he also earned his stripes at the Wharton School.  He holds a B.S. degree in engineering from Cornell University, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into The Cornell Tradition.  Born in Washington, DC., Arshad has resided at times in Singapore, Jakarta, and Istanbul, and has made his home in the hearts of blue California and New York and deep in red Texas; and he loves them all, as it should be.


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1999
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1996, cum laude