Firm / Organisation

Cooley LLP

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CEO: Joe Conroy
Chairman: Stephen Neal
Number of partners: 300+ Number of lawyers: 1,000+

Firm Overview:
Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies with an emphasis on technology, life sciences and other high-growth industries. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley maintains an environment of inclusion and is proud to be one of Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For.’ The firm has 1,000+ lawyers across 14 offices in the US, China and Europe.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Key corporate strengths include capital markets, M&A, emerging companies, venture capital, technology transactions and life sciences corporate partnering and licensing. Cooley is continuously ranked as the most active law firm representing issuers and underwriters in IPOs in the life sciences and technology sectors. Cooley’s leadership in this area gives it deep industry-specific experience as corporate counsel to high-growth companies.

Key litigation strengths include advertising, antitrust, appellate, class actions, employment, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, international arbitrations, ITC, patent, privacy and cybersecurity, product liability, regulatory, securities, tax, trademark and white collar. Cooley’s global trial practice has won verdicts and awards worth billions of dollars and protected market share for innovative clients against competitors, consumers and regulators. The team includes five partners who are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and 20+ former assistant US attorneys and Department of Justice lawyers.

Intellectual Property:
Cooley has one of the largest full-service IP practices of any law firm in the US. The firm serves as IP counsel to 1,000+ companies across all industry sectors worldwide. Key strengths include IP litigation across all major venues, patent counseling and prosecution, trademark, copyright and advertising, and due diligence, licensing and strategic transactions. Cooley is a top law firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and has one of the most active IP litigation practices in the US including numerous trial wins. The firm also has the largest life sciences and medical device patent team of any law firm in the US. In the last five years, Cooley lawyers have filed 10,000+ patent applications and 5,000+ trademark applications worldwide and have collectively led 1,000+ investor-side and company-side due diligence reviews.

Key strengths include antitrust and competition, communications, financial services, government contracts, insurance, healthcare, education, international trade, media and securities. Cooley has significant experience representing clients in investigations and matters involving nearly every federal agency.

Antitrust & Competition:
Providing a full range of counseling, litigation, agency representation and arbitration services, Cooley handles all aspects of antitrust/competition law and trade regulation matters for Fortune 500 corporations and growing companies in virtually every sector of the economy.

Capital Markets:
Cooley has advised on 440+ completed public offerings since 2015, leading all law firms for VC-backed technology and life sciences IPOs for the last 15 years and for company counsel for US venture-backed IPOs, according to IPO Vital Signs.

Cooley’s cyber/data/privacy practice is a large, global team of lawyers focusing on all aspects of cyber, data protection and privacy. The firm represents clients across all industries, which range from emerging to Fortune 500 companies, on the full spectrum of privacy, cybersecurity and information management issues. Additionally, Cooley has successfully litigated a wide range of cases involving privacy and data breach issues, including class actions and government enforcement actions, on behalf of clients.

Emerging Companies:
Cooley represents 6,000+ private companies across all industries. Over the past decade, Cooley has represented thousands of technology, life sciences and other highgrowth businesses on all aspects of their formation and development. The firm is involved in 1,000+ financings annually and is ranked #1 in the US for number of private company equity financing deals in 2018 by PitchBook.

Intellectual Property Litigation:
Cooley’s IP litigators win cases across the US and UK in every conceivable forum and manner. They are experienced in all types of IP cases including patent, Section 337 investigations, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, copyright, false advertising, domain name and licensing matters.

Life Sciences:
With 1,200+ public and private life sciences company clients worldwide, Cooley is the leading deal firm across all aspects of corporate and transactional practices, including M&A, IPOs, financings and private equity work. Cooley represents more than 50% of the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index and is widely known as a best-in-class firm for handling corporate partnering and licensing transactions.

Since 2012, Cooley has handled 1,300+ M&A transactions with an aggregate value of $440+ billion, making the firm’s M&A practice one of the most active in the country, particularly for technology and life sciences companies.

Public Companies:
Cooley counsels public companies in high-stakes, complex business and litigation matters across the globe. The firm represents 1,200+ publicly traded companies and serves as principal corporate governance and securities counsel for 175+ publicly traded companies.

Securities Litigation:
Cooley has one of the most active practices for the defense of issuers in shareholder litigation in the US. With 500+ representations over the past decade, the firm’s securities litigation clients include a diverse range of businesses and individuals, including startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Fund Formation:
Cooley is counsel to 450+ investment fund organizations. The firm completed 250+ fund closings in 2018, raising more than $27.5 billion in capital commitments.

Private Equity:
Cooley’s world-class transactional team has guided leading private equity sponsors in some of the market’s largest and most complex transactions. The team has advised on 50+ private equity sponsor-side deals in the last five years and 90+ growth equity sponsor-side deals in the last two years.

Cooley has a market reputation for innovative, tax-efficient structuring of business transactions and effective resolution of significant tax controversies.

Real Estate:
The Cooley real estate team’s diverse capabilities allow it to explore all facets of real estate development and craft the best business-oriented solutions for clients.

Technology Transactions:
Cooley’s technology transactions team combines an intellectual property practice with a commercial transactions practice and is trained in best practices in these disciplines, enabling it to meet the demands of a fast-evolving, increasingly global environment.