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Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s commercial contracts work is a core part of its technology transactions practice, where it handles joint ventures and strategic alliances, outsourcing, manufacturing and supply agreements, and distribution agreements. The team, which includes Chris Coulter and Sarah Pearce, is acting for The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society on various outsourcing projects associated with its core systems, infrastructure and security services. In another 2016 highlight, Pearce led the advice to The Leisure Pass Group on the outsourcing of web development services to Webheads, and also of app development services to Oakley Mobile.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Cooley (UK) LLP

With particular strengths in the TMT and life sciences sectors, the practice at Cooley (UK) LLP continues to provide competition law advice and to assist clients with investigations by the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority. Practice head Becket McGrath (who is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘delivers good results and risk assessments’) advised Rovi Corporation on the non-US merger control aspects of its acquisition of TiVo. Other key clients include the Guardian Media Group, The Pokémon Company, Harrods, and new clients OpenLink and ChannelAdvisor.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s department is especially strong in technology and life sciences. Its work tends to be private M&A rather than public M&A, though the team has no shortage of listed clients; David Bresnick acted for Journey Group on its proposed takeover by Jaguar Holdings. 3Legs Resources is another listed client. In the technology space, Bresnick advised Swiftkey on the company’s $250m acquisition by Microsoft, and Stephen Rosen, who arrived from Olswang in May 2016, acted for Autodata on its £340m sale to Solera Holdings. Rosen’s other clients include Edif Group, Syncsort, Teneo Strategy and technology provider CSL. Justin Stock heads the group.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s nascent London offering is an attractive proposition to both investors and investees, thanks in large part to its sizeable US platform. US-qualified partner Ryan Naftulin is vice chair of the firm’s business department and acts for investors and investees within the technology and life sciences sectors across the full lifecycle of the venture capital process; he has a particular emphasis on transactions which have a US nexus. Naftulin’s recent highlights include advising Eve Sleep, an e-commerce company with operations in the US and Europe, on its £15m investment round led by Woodford Investment Managers and DN Capital. David Bresnick has significant experience in the venture capital industry and recently advised General Catalyst Partners, one of the investors in a $275m Series E financing for Deliveroo. Stephen Rosen joined in May 2016 from Olswang, bringing his extensive experience on behalf of high-growth companies and investors.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

At Cooley (UK) LLP, James Maton advises companies and governments on various contractual, commercial and regulatory disputes, and Laurence Harris acts for public and private companies and public sector bodies in fraud and asset tracing matters. Recent work includes advising the Turks and Caicos Islands Government on civil recovery efforts in relation to a major land sale, and representing a former Serco Company director in an SFO investigation regarding a contract with the Ministry of Justice.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Mirroring the firm’s strengths, Cooley (UK) LLP’s litigation practice is focused on life sciences and technology disputes. The practice acted for the family trusts of Bernie Ecclestone, through Bambino Holdings, in the defence of proceedings that related to the sale of shares in Formula 1 racing. James Maton heads up litigation in the London office, and Kevin Perry’s experience includes contentious banking issues, fraud asset tracing, general contract, construction and civil engineering disputes. Laurence Harris and Mark Deem are highly rated advisers.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s practice is noted for international commercial arbitration work; arbitrations relating to the insurance and reinsurance sector; and oil and gas exploration matters. Other areas of strength include disputes over licensing rights in the Middle East; technology licensing rights; bio-sciences and product testing; and international supply agreements. James Maton is London litigation head and Mark Everiss focuses on reinsurance disputes. Mark Deem, David Kendall, Kevin Perry and James Crabtree are other key contacts. Christophe Bondy joined the firm.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP hired Law of the Sea consultant John Brown following his retirement as the UK Hydrographic Office’s Law of the Sea head. The practice is known for advising on disputes between states; and claims involving international boundaries, land (including lakes and rivers), and maritime issues. Other areas of note include representing states and their anti-corruption agencies in seeking to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption; implementing the United Nations Convention Against Corruption; sovereign immunity; and Law of the Sea issues. It advised the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) on sovereign immunity issues, which arose from the attempted enforcement in England of a substantial Nigerian judgment against FGN. Independent consultant Tim Daniel has acted for a number of governments and parastatals, particularly in the developing world. Laurence Harris and James Maton are other recommended practitioners. Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien joined the firm.

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Tim Daniel - Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Cooley (UK) LLP

At Cooley (UK) LLP, Jon Yorkeknows everything there is to know about schemes of arrangement, and has orchestrated most of the big ones - particularly in the insurance market’; he is currently advising the administrators of Mediterranean Re, an insolvent reinsurance company. The arrival of finance partner John Clark from Mayer Brown International LLP in March 2016 enhanced the team’s expertise, not only on new money mandates, but also restructurings and on behalf of distressed debt investors.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s ‘very responsive’ compensation and benefits practice ‘provides great advice’ across a broad range of issues for public and private companies, with particular strength in cross-border matters. Practice head Paula Hollandprovides a great deal of help’, and recently advised Berkeley Group on complex amendments to its long-term incentives plan to comply with its new share buy-back policy. Holland and capital markets partner Ed Lukins have been advising AIM-listed company Tiziana Life Sciences on a new option plan that will cover a number of jurisdictions. Other clients include Journey Group, KalVista Pharmaceuticals and EFG Hermes.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Lauded for its ‘excellent’ service, Cooley (UK) LLP is retained by high number of well-known insurers and reinsurers, including Hiscox, Gen Re and Swiss Re. The firm is respected for run-off and insolvency work, with David Kendall acting for PwC, as provisional liquidators of Lehman Re, in various disputes with financial institutions and reinsurers regarding structured reinsurance transactions; the cases have involved cross-border proceedings and challenging matters relating to life insurance products, swap transactions and industry loss warranties. The ‘outstandingJames Crabtree is ‘a highly experienced and solution-oriented lawyer’ and Richard Hopley and practice head Mark Everissprovide detailed and succinct advice’. The latter is acting for The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company in a dispute, which saw Everiss obtain a worldwide freezing against a former director. Employers’ liability claims, arbitration actions and reinsurance disputes were among recent mandates for the team. Associate Sam Tacey is well regarded for a broad range of work, including High Court litigation.

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Sam Tacey - Cooley (UK) LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s ‘excellent, commercial lawyers’ provide ‘sound advice on the law’ and ‘are aware of how to act to best protect the client’s commercial interests’. The team handles the full range of insurance and reinsurance-related matters, offering support with policy placement negotiation, book sales and purchases, compliance matters and insolvencies. Notable work included advising Rollings Oliver, the administrators of MedRe, on all matter arising from its insolvency including claims negotiation, administration agreements and policy construction. The team also acted for Ambridge Europe as underwriter in over twenty transactions, and advised NFU Mutual on several outsourcing, licensing and technology procurement contracts, as well as its £18m cyber security programme. Key practitioners include Jon Yorke, who has notable insolvency and restructuring expertise and advises extensively on schemes of arrangement; Mark Everiss, who focuses on M&A due diligence and policy construction issues; and David Kendall, who has substantial experience across contentious and non-contentious insurance.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

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Cooley (UK) LLP provides ‘an excellent and committed service’, and the team is ‘highly responsive’ and ‘clearly understands the context of each matter, offering swift and sound advice’. The firm has recently assisted with various schemes of arrangement, most notably within the financial services sector, and also handles regulatory and compliance matters associated with insolvencies and restructuring activity. Highlights included advising Rollings Butt as administrators of Mediterranean Re on all matters arising from the latter’s insolvency, including obtaining a worldwide freezing order against one of its former directors. Practice head Jonathan Yorke has particular expertise in insolvency matters within the financial services sector, and John Clark, who is a recent arrival from Mayer Brown International LLP, is ‘an excellent commercial lawyer who provides sound advice’ and is ‘aware of how best to act to protect the client’s interests’. Emily Farrington is another key name.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Rod Freeman joined Cooley (UK) LLP as practice head from Hogan Lovells International LLP and has a track record in high-stakes litigation and international matters spanning all manner of work, including defective medical devices and pharmaceutical products and large product recalls. Global companies also instruct him in non-contentious matters relating to reputational management, product safety and regulatory compliance work. Associate Sarah-Jane Dobson joined from the same firm and is noted for international mandates. Laurence Harris is the other key figure with David Kendall, who is representing XL Insurance Bermuda in various arbitration actions against policyholders in relation to coverage under Bermuda Form liability policies regarding medical devices, pharmaceuticals, construction defects and numerous other matters. The firm, which is praised for its ‘excellent’ service, also acts for Swiss Re, Munich Re and Textron.

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Rod Freeman - Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s key practitioners include Ann Bevitt; Mark Deem, who specialises in contentious issues; and Sarah Pearce, who regularly handles e-commerce and data analytics matters. Chris Coulter is also recommended, and has notable transactional expertise, particularly in the technology and telecoms sectors; he recently led advice to the NFU Mutual on its cyber risk programme. Other recent work includes assisting Nikon Europe in relation to the privacy and cookie policies surrounding a new product launch; advising Lucozade Ribena Suntory on data protection guidelines for its employees and contractors; and advising Leidos on data processing agreements relating to the international roll-out of its whistleblowing hotline and website. Senseonics and Tracemyfile are also clients.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
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Louise Delahunty - Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s brand management capability spans a wide range of sectors, with a particular focus on technology and life sciences. Nicholas Bolter heads the practice, which which saw the arrival of patent attorney Colm Murphy from Venner Shipley LLP in May 2016. Bolter is assisting Twitter with a trade mark filing and disputes relating to the launch of the Periscope platform, and is acting for a multinational corporation on IP, advertising and marketing issues within Europe and a range of commercial agreements including sponsorship, agency agreements and outsourcing. Special counsel Claire Lehr is also recommended. Akash Sachdeva joined Keystone Law.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s practice benefits from the firm’s excellent technology capabilities. Its clients mostly comprise fintech companies and investors, particularly on the venture capital side; the team also has experience advising financial institutions on outsourcing and technology procurement. Practice head Chris Coulter is a technology and IP partner with significant commercial expertise in fintech; along with managing partner and corporate expert Justin Stock, Coulter acted for Receipt Bank on its £7m Series A financing by Kennet Partners IV. Investor clients include Omidyar Network, which instructed technology M&A specialist and senior associate Aaron Archer on a £10m Series B investment in Tandem Bank; and Allianz Digital Corporate Ventures, which instructed Archer on a $7m Series B investment in digital wealth-management platform MoneyFarm and a £500,000 Series A investment in QuanTemplate Technologies. Coulter also assisted the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society with various outsourcing, licensing and technology procurement contracts, and advised the same client on its cyber-risk programme. Other clients include MoneyFarm, ShieldPay and Mastercard. M&A expert David Bresnick and financing specialist John Clark are recommended for their technology focus; Mark Deem is recommended for commercial litigation and arbitration in the sector.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s group focuses on technology transactions. Chris Coulter, who heads the team, has core strengths in technology and telecoms transactions. His recent highlights include advising NFU Mutual on outsourcing, licensing and technology procurement contracts, and assisting Ogury with a research and development arrangement and cross-border licensing pertaining to its expansion into Italy, Spain and the US. Mark Deem handles disputes pertaining to privacy, data protection and cyber-security issues. He recently advised Ciber and its UK subsidiary, Ciber UK, on a SAP software-related dispute with Sanctuary Housing. IT specialist Sarah Pearce also handles technology-related transactions. Special Counsel Brian Chadwick is experienced in the digital media, entertainment and gaming sectors. Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group and Nikon Europe are also clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP has a diverse IP practice. Team head Nick Bolter is known for his expertise in trade mark and designs; he recently represented Twitter in various disputes relating to its Periscope platform, and advised Timberland on the protection of its iconic wheat yellow boot. Life sciences patent specialist Colm Murphy was a new arrival from Venner Shipley LLP. Sarah Pearce focuses mainly on the technology sector, primarily handling transactions and Chris Coulter is a key name for technology and telecommunications transactions. Special counsel Claire Lehr, who is noted for her trade mark and design rights expertise, advised YouMedical (a subsidiary of Trimb Healthcare) on its trade mark of the word ‘wartie’ for body and skincare products. European and chartered patent attorney David Wraige is also a key figure. Tesla Motors is another client. Akash Sachdeva joined Keystone Law.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP’s digital media and entertainment team advised MTB Ventures on its 2016 Tie Break Tens event ahead of the ATP Vienna Open, which included broadcasting negotiations and negotiations with sports rights agencies. It also advised two shareholders in Finnish mobile game company, TicBits, on the sale of 100% of their shares to Hong Kong-based mobile publisher Animoca Brands. Guardian Media Group, Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group, Nikon Europe, Warner Music International and Twitter are also clients. The team is headed by commercial and IP lawyer Chris Coulter, who has a particular focus on technology and telecommunications transactions. Other key figures include Nicholas Bolter, who handles IP matters; Becket McGrath, who advises on EU and UK competition law; Mark Deem, who specialises in TMT litigation; and Sarah Pearce, who advises on technology-related transactions. Special counsel Brian Chadwick is experienced in the digital media, gaming and entertainment industry and handles cross-border M&A, corporate finance, and private equity matters.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is particularly strong in the transactional space, where it advises on regulatory, competition, IP and contentious matters. Highlights included advising Apollo Therapeutics on a joint venture between three global pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson) and three universities (Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge and University College London), assisting F-Star with its collaboration agreement with Denali to research and develop antibodies for the delivery of medicines across the blood-brain barrier into the central nervous systems, and representing Illumina in a number of high-value patent oppositions and appeals. The firm’s London office has expanded significantly since its establishment in 2015, most recently welcoming patent attorney Colm Murphy and special counsel Tanya Heare-Rowlands from Venner Shipley LLP and ‘experienced’ corporate partner Stephen Rosen from Olswang LLP. According to one client, John Wilkinson’s industry knowledge is ‘among the best in the pharma field’; he is ‘great to deal with’, according to another. Nicola Maguire and Ed Lukins are particularly known for their experience in M&A transactions, joint ventures, collaboration agreements and other commercial transactions. Associate Tom Goodman is singled out for his ability to ‘understand and articulate complex issues’.

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John Wilkinson - Cooley (UK) LLP

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