Michelle Fernandes



Michelle joined Index in 2020 as Lead Counsel in the U.S., where she advises entrepreneurs and investors on legal matters arising during all stages of a company's lifecycle. Michelle assists Index's U.S. investment team on the negotiation and execution of investments, divestments, and general corporate matters.

Prior to Index, Michelle spent four years as a Senior Corporate Associate at Gunderson Dettmer in San Francisco. She advised leading venture-backed private companies of all sizes and across various industries on debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and general corporate governance matters, as well as several leading venture capital firms. Michelle began her legal career as a corporate associate focused on mergers and acquisitions at Wilson Sonsini in New York and San Francisco.

Michelle is admitted to practice law in California and New York. She received a B.S. degree from Cornell University and her JD from Fordham University School of Law, both in New York. Outside of work, Michelle is an avid foodie and enjoys biking, skiing and traveling.