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Cooley LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has a strong track record in helping clients avoid second requests for information from government agencies. In a recent highlight, antitrust chair Jacqueline Grise assisted Snyder’s-Lance with obtaining clearance of its acquisition of Snack Factory/Pretzel Crisps from Diamond Foods without a second request being issued by the FTC. The firm has a particularly notable following of pharmaceutical and life sciences clients, including Medivation, Pathology, Horizon Pharma and Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Howard Morse, Marc Schildkraut and Francis Fryscak (San Francisco) are recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 5

Cooley LLP

At Cooley LLP, New York-based William Schwartz chairs the white-collar and regulatory defense practice. His work includes the representation of individuals in very high-profile investigations. Highlights for global litigation department chair Michael Attanasio, based in San Diego, included obtaining the dismissal of all charges against an individual indicted for money laundering who previously had entered a guilty plea. New York lawyer Jonathan Bach filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court concerning the government’s right to restrain assets on behalf of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. Other New York lawyers include Ian Shapiro and Alan Levine.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is particularly adept at handling complex litigation in the technology and life sciences sectors. In a recent highlight, Michael Rhodes and Matthew Brown in San Francisco successfully defended Facebook against class actions consolidated in the Northern District of California concerning its users’ privacy rights. In a long-running dispute involving claims of unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duty, among others, Alan Levine, Ian Shapiro and Celia Goldwag Barenholtz in New York represented AIB as plaintiff against Citibank, which settled favorably in 2016.

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Leading trial lawyers

Stephen Neal - Cooley LLP Stephen Neal secured a favorable outcome for Pure Storage in a case filed by EMC alleging patent infringement, confidential data misappropriation and conspiracy to poach customers and employees. He defended Qualcomm against a $500m patent infringement claim filed by ParkerVision in the electromagnetic signal conversion sector. In another highlight, Palo Alto-based Neal acted for Sony and its subsidiaries in multidistrict litigation, including two class actions and several direct actions and allegations of a conspiracy to fix lithium-ion battery prices with other manufacturers in breach of section 1 of the Sherman Act.

Leading trial lawyers

Stephen Neal - Cooley LLP

Michael Rhodes - Cooley LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 5

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is ‘dominant in the technology space’. Peers describe it as ‘an outstanding firm with very talented lawyers for technology matters on the West Coast’, including the ‘very impressive’ John Dwyer in Palo Alto and Stephen Neal in San Francisco. Also singled out for praise is ‘very strong lawyer’ Lyle Roberts in Washington DC. The firm acted as co-counsel for global semiconductor company AMD in a securities class action in California alleging the company made false and misleading statements about the production and demand for a combined CPU and graphics processor.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to underwriters - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s entrepreneurial practice is widely regarded as ‘the first port of call for start-ups’ and it secures an impressive share of technology and life sciences deals. In 2016, Palo Alto-based partners Frank Rahmani and John McKenna advised Myovant Sciences on its $217.5m IPO, which was the largest biotech IPO of the year. Other highlights saw the team assisting AveXis with its $95m IPO and then in its subsequent $168m follow-on offering. The firm continues to strike a good balance between issuer and manager-side work, and it also handled several sizeable deals for underwriters. Most notably, San Francisco-based global capital markets co-head David Peinsipp teamed up with San Francisco’s Andrew Williamson and Palo Alto’s Eric Jensen to advise the underwriters on Atlassian’s $531.3 IPO. San Diego-based department co-chair Charlie Kim is also recommended.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is best known for its emerging companies and venture capital practice, with a client roster that includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financial institutions focused on the life sciences sector. The team strengthened its resources with the arrival of Jeffrey Libson and Geoffrey Starr from Pepper Hamilton LLP, as well as Manya Deehr, formerly of Life Sciences Law Group, and highly regarded IP attorney Mika Reiner Mayer, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Recent highlights include advising Otsuka Pharmaceutical on its collaboration and licensing agreement with Akebia Therapeutics for vadadustat and acting for longstanding client Jazz Pharmaceuticals on its $1.5bn acquisition of Celator Pharmaceuticals. Palo Alto-based Barbara Kosacz is recommended for public securities offerings and collaboration agreements and Laura Berezin has particular expertise in corporate securities, M&A and corporate finance transactions. In New York, Ivor Elrifi is recommended for patent prosecution, as is Wendy Goldstein for fraud and abuse investigations. Washington DC-based Michael Tuscan is another key name.

Leading lawyers

Barbara Kosacz - Cooley LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has a particular strength in matters at the intersection of technology and sport. In the San Francisco office, Michael Rhodes represented Golden State Warriors in litigation concerning the use of fans’ smartphone microphones by an official app, while in the Washington office, Adam Chase led a team advising DraftKings on its merger with FanDuel. More traditional work included Thomas Hopkins advising the owners of the Vegas Golden Knights on the NHL expansion deal, and Boston-based Michael Sheetz advises the Pac-12 Conference on a range of matters. San Diego-based Steve Strauss represents the family of 12-time Pro Bowler Junior Seau - who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) - in wrongful death litigation against the NFL following his death by suicide in 2012.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 5

Cooley LLP

At Cooley LLP, notable work included defending start-up manufacturer Amplidata in a patent case filed by Cleversafe; obtaining a PTAB and district court victory for Boku in all claims asserted by Xilidev; and representing Facebook in two infringement cases filed by Bascom Research regarding various computer-based technology. Broomfield, Colorado lawyer Jim Brogan represents a mix of technology and life sciences companies in high-stakes patent trials; Michael Rhodes has strong privacy and data protection expertise; and Orion Armon focuses on IPRs and covered business method review proceedings. Other clients of the firm include Certusview, Gevo and King.com.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 6

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s IP capability was strengthened in 2016 when it hired the highly regarded medical devices and life sciences specialist Mika Reiner Mayer and 11 other attorneys and patent agents from Morrison & Foerster LLP. The group is led by New York-based Ivor Elrifi, who advises clients such as Exosome Diagnostics and Flexion Therapeutics on global patent strategies. Other healthcare sector clients include Auris Medical, Abaxis, SciFlour Life Sciences and Epizyme. San Francisco-based Nan Wu focuses on developing patent strategies and portfolios for investors as well as private and public companies in the biotech industry, and Boston-based Joe Teja is ‘extremely knowledgeable and approachable’. The group also regularly handles patent litigation in district court and parallel PTAB proceedings.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has a strong corporate partnering and licensing practice, particularly regarding life sciences, which makes it a popular choice for a range of established and start-up pharmaceutical and medical devices companies. Recent highlights include assisting Senomyx with its international patent portfolio, including advising on partnerships and licensing revenues, and assisting CytomX Therapeutics with its partnership agreements with Pfizer and Bristol-Meyers Squibb. In another highlight, Reston-based Scott Talbot assisted BrightSpec with the development of its patent portfolios licensed from Harvard and the University of Virginia. San Francisco-based Nan Wu, Boston-based Mika Reiner Mayer, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2016, and New York-based patent counseling and prosecution practice head Ivor Elrifi are the key names to note.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is particularly recommended for handling contentious trademark matters in the technology sector and also regularly acts for clients in a variety of other industries. The highly regarded team litigated several cases for key client Google, including a long-lasting dispute with VIA Technologies regarding rights to the ‘Chrome’ mark and an action to prohibit the internet marketing firm Local Lighthouse Corp from using Google’s trademarks. The team also assisted Sazerac to protect its ‘Fireball’ brand of cinnamon-flavored whiskey with a trademark infringement suit regarding an online search advertising feature against competitor Jack Daniels and with another action against Stout Brewing Company regarding its ‘Fire Flask’ malt liquor. Practice chair Peter Willsey in Washington DC is recommended along with Janet Cullum in New York and John Crittenden in San Francisco. The Los Angeles office of the firm has been strengthened with the arrival of Bobby Ghajar from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Leading lawyers

John Crittenden - Cooley LLP

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

The ‘efficient and pragmatic’ team at Cooley LLP is well known for its work in the technology sector, but also regularly acts for clients in a variety of other industries. Peter Willsey in Washington DC manages prosecution and enforcement of Mozilla’s trademarks, including new trademark applications for Firefox in numerous jurisdictions. Janet Cullum in New York assists LinkedIn with assessing, developing, implementing and enforcing its international trademark strategy. John Crittenden in San Francisco acts as primary trademark counsel to Lonely Planet, Tesla Motors, RadPad, and Kamut International.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 5

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has a strong reputation for venture capital work and has grown its private equity practice with two significant hires: Ron Hopkinson in New York, who joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and Eric Schwartzman, who joined in Palo Alto from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Also recommended are John Dado and venture capital head Craig Dauchy in the Palo Alto office; Nicole Peppe in Boston; and Jordan Silber and Ian O’Donnell in San Francisco. Key mandates in 2016 included advising Founders Fund on the formation of a $1.3bn fund.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP distinguishes itself in the national market through high-profile technology and life sciences deals. The team is also experienced in medical device and healthcare, consumer products, education, defense and media. Highlights included assisting Horizon Pharma with its cash acquisition of Crealta Holdings and, in a key large deal, advising biopharmaceutical company Medivation on its agreement to sell to Pfizer for approximately $14bn. It also acted for Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its agreed $1.5bn acquisition of Celator. The M&A co-chairs are San Diego-based Barbara Borden and San Francisco-based Jamie Leigh. Also in San Fransisco, Garth Osterman is particularly focused on cross-border transactions, including transactions in Eastern Europe, South America, Central America and Asia. Other notable names include Rama Padmanabhan in San Diego, Palo Alto-based Craig Menden and Steven Tonsfeldt, Alfred Browne in Boston, and Colorado-based Kevin Mills and Laura Medina.

Leading lawyers

Barbara Borden - Cooley LLP

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 1

Cooley LLP

San Francisco-based Matt Bartus and Boston-based Pat Mitchell lead Cooley LLP’s acclaimed practice, which is well known for advising high-growth technology companies and investors. New hires include Eric Schwartzman in Palo Alto, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in May 2016, and Ron Hopkinson, who joined the New York office from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Recent work highlights include advising Cardlytics, an advertising and technology company that connects buyers and sellers, on its $21m bridge financing. Mike Lincoln of the Reston office led advice to Hyperloop One (formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies) on its $80m Series B preferred stock financing, involving investors such as Khosla Ventures, France’s national rail company SNCF, and GE Ventures. In Santa Monica, Dave Young led Dollar Shave Club’s $75m Series D funding round, which included existing investors Technology Crossover Ventures and Forerunner Ventures and new investor Dragoneer Investment Group. In May 2016, Tom Hopkins led advice to The Honest Company on its $100m Series D financing round. Jim Fulton in New York, Fred Muto in San Diego and Mark Tanoury in Palo Alto are also key contacts, and Boston-based David Bartholomew is an associate to watch.

Leading lawyers

Fred Muto - Cooley LLP

Jim Fulton - Cooley LLP

Mark Tanoury - Cooley LLP

Next generation lawyers

David Bartholomew - Cooley LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 2

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s lawyers advised on 26 data security breaches during 2016 and defended over 50 class actions, largely against government regulators. Matthew Brown and Michael Rhodes in San Francisco and Randy Sabett in Washington DC are co-heads of the practice. Rhodes and Brown recently defended Facebook in a consolidated class actions suit involving the alleged violation of users’ privacy rights, which was dismissed in June 2016. Sabett acted for a dating application when its servers were being used to access servers of another company and also advised an HR services company when an employee was targeted by a phishing email which ultimately led to the exposure of personal employee information. Other highlights included defending Twitter in a privacy class action alleging violations of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act.

Leading lawyers

Randy Sabett - Cooley LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is highly recommended for its advice to companies from the software, semiconductor, big data and education technology sectors, and also has expertise in digital media, fintech, telecoms, software as a service (SaaS) and Internet of Things (IoT). Colorado-based Keith Berets chairs the technology transactions practice group. Adam Ruttenberg, who divides his time between Reston and Washington DC, represented Binary Fountain, a provider of healthcare reputation management, in a strategic partnership with Press Ganey Holdings, which provides patient experience measurement and performance analytics. In Washington DC, David Wittenstein advised Suddenlink Communications on its retransmission consent agreements with Nexstar Broadcasting Group; and Adam Chase acted for SeatGeek, the world wide web’s largest event ticket search engine, in its exclusive sponsorship and ticketing partnership with Major League Soccer. Key Palo Alto advisers include Carolyn Craig, Peter Burns and Robin Lee; Craig assisted TiVo, which develops and markets digital video recorders, on its transaction with Millicom International Cellular to deploy TiVo products and services to pay-TV platforms in Latin American territories. The client list also includes Platform.sh, Vubiquity, Cox Communications and Agari Data.

Leading lawyers

Adam Ruttenberg - Cooley LLP

Next generation lawyers

Adam Chase - Cooley LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s practice, which is co-led by Michael Basile and Robert McDowell (who joined from Wiley Rein LLP in November 2016), is particularly strong in the wireless and satellite sectors, and on advising broadcast and cable television clients. Basile and Kevin Mills advised Fox Affiliates Group on regulatory and policy issues relating to the television and video delivery industries, John Feore is advising CBS Affiliates Association on similar issues, and David Wittenstein is acting for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in issues relating to the FCC’s proposed regulation of telecoms services provided to businesses and wireless companies. Wittenstein is also advising the Weather Channel on the regulatory elements of the sale of its non-programming business to IBM. In another recent highlight, Anne Swanson assisted Mitre with multiple spectrum matters, including obtaining regulatory approvals for a two-week exercise to test unmanned aerial vehicle counter-technology. Cox Communications, Garmin International and Gray Television are also clients.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

The Washington DC-based team at Cooley LLP is led by Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell, who joined in late 2016 from Wiley Rein LLP and regularly assists commercial broadcasters and cable television companies, such as Cox Communications, The Weather Channel and CBS Affiliates Association. In a recent highlight, Basile advised Digity Companies on its $264m sale to Alpha Media; Basile is also working with Kevin Mills for Meredith Corporation in its proposed merger with Media General. The team is highly active in the spectrum space, advising clients on licensing issues and representing multiple television broadcasters in various spectrum auctions. Other noteworthy team members include senior counsel John Feore, Anne Swanson and David Wittenstein.

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United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning
Land use/zoning - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is headed by Mark Looney from the Reston, Virginia office. The team’s primary focus is on residential real estate and infrastructure projects. Over the past two years, the firm has advised on rail and road development approvals and multifamily housing projects. The group has also extended its practice into retail and was advising Macerich on rezoning approvals for the Tysons Corner Center, which will include a shopping mall, metro station and residential and commercial units; Antonio Calabrese led the advice.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s ‘well-respected’ contentious tax practice handles federal, state and international tax disputes, and is led by senior counsel Stephen Gardner from New York. The team has litigated in the US Tax Court, the Court of Federal Claims and in other federal and state jurisdictions, and has handled tax appeals in federal circuit courts. Tax co-chair Kathleen Pakenham is ‘brilliant’. Todd Gluth in San Diego is also recommended.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has established a firm reputation for providing tax advice to clients in the biopharmaceutical, technology, energy, telecoms and real estate sectors, covering a range of issues, from SALT matters to tax structuring and investment. Highlights included advising Digital Companies on its $246m sale to Alpha Media and assisting Battery Ventures with the $329m sale of Industrial Safety Technologies to Tyco International. Palo Alto-based Mark Winfeld-Hansen jointly chairs the practice with Kathleen Pakenham in New York. Jeremy Naylor is another name to note.

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