Cooley LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded corporate practice with significant strengths in the life sciences and technology industries. Statewide coverage includes formidable offerings in Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Diego. Acts for clients of all sizes, from emerging companies to multinational corporations, in a variety of transactions, including M&A and joint ventures. Also has significant experience acting for financial advisers in complex transactions.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "I think it is tremendous. It represents a really great blend of having the quality of a top firm, while also understanding smaller, entrepreneurial companies."

Another source says: "They're very talented across the firm and are pleasant to be around."

Clients highlight the firm's strengths as "subject matter expertise, thoroughness, quality of work and quality of service."

Work highlights Advised Tableau Software in connection with its acquisition by Salesforce for $15.7 billion.

Represented SendGrid in its sale to Twilio for $2 billion.

Notable practitioners

Steven Tonsfeldt is sought out by public and private companies to handle a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions. Clients say: "Steve is a great lawyer. He's well informed on the market, very focused on finding solutions and has a practical approach to M&A lawyering and a calming presence about him."