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Cooley (UK) LLP

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DASHWOOD, 69 OLD BROAD STREET, LONDON, EC2M 1QS, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP supports clients in commercial matters underpinned by technology and data, such as the outsourcing and procurement of technology and technology-related services, licensing arrangements and the distribution of digital content, among others. Chris Coulter is the main contact at the firm, which acts for clients such as National Farmers Union Mutual, Flexion Therapeutics and Reckitt Benckiser Group. Sarah Pearce recently moved to Paul Hastings LLP.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's tax team has a transactional focus, and draws on the firm's substantial client-base in the technology and life sciences sectors; advising both corporates and private equity funds. The group is led by Natasha Kaye who, in addition to expertise in general corporate tax issues, has a niche in outsourcing and IP transactions. Highlights included assisting RZC Investments on the purchase of Rapha, which gave rise to novel tax issues and elements of US tax law. The group also advised the senior management of ATCORE Group on structural tax matters and treatments concerning its acquisition by Inflexion Private Equity. Cross-border tax expert David Wilson joined the firm at partner-level in May 2018 from a consultancy position at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Cooley (UK) LLP

The practice at¬†Cooley (UK) LLP¬†is ‚Äėresponsive and gives good advice with the right level of detail‚Äô and is noted for its significant experience in the e-commerce, TMT and life sciences sectors, as well as handling consumer protection matters. Practice head¬†Becket McGrath¬†‚Äėhas an academic approach and level of knowledge, yet adapts those skills to the client's commercial needs‚Äô. Becket‚Äôs headline projects include advising Zenith Hygiene on the CMA‚Äôs review of its acquisition by Bain Capital, and working as part of a cross-office team with the Washington DC and Boston offices to handle client SilverRail‚Äôs sale to Expedia.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP 's department is especially strong in technology and life sciences. Its work tends to be in private M&A rather than public M&A, though the team has no shortage of listed clients; David Bresnick acted for Zenith Hygiene Group on its recommended final cash offer to sell to Bain Capital Private Equity through its investment in Diversey. 3Legs Resources is another listed client. In the retail space, department head  Justin Stock advised RZC Investments and Steuart Walton on the purchase of upmarket cycling brand Rapha, while on the technology side Stephen Rosen was instructed by senior management of ATCORE group on relation to the company’s acquisition by Inflexion Private Equity. Other clients include Apollo Global Management, Syncsort and YummyApps.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP 's relatively new London office continues to gain market visibility and excels in deals which involve a transatlantic component. 'Excellent' US-qualified team head Ryan Naftulin represents companies and investors who are forming and financing disruptive high-growth companies, particularly in the technology and life sciences sectors. He recently advised SoftBank as the lead investor on London-based virtual reality company Improbable’s $502m Series B funding round. Although he is better known for his midmarket private equity prowess, Stephen Rosen also has experience in the venture capital market and in a deal which involved significant input out of the US, recently acted for Orchard Therapeutics on its $110m Series B financing. David Bresnick is also recommended. Other clients include Business Growth Fund, Draper Esprit and Sapphire Ventures.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional asset recovery claims. It often acts for governments and state enterprises. The firm continues to act in an asset recovery case for the Government of Bermuda which is estimated to be worth over $100m. James Maton, Laurence Harris, Louise Delahunty and Tim Daniel head the department. Rod Freeman joined as partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'very approachable, timely team offers practical advice and costs are reasonable'. Its diverse practice covers asset recovery and claims arising from corruption, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and investment treaty disputes as well as IP and life sciences litigation, product liability and technology disputes. Kevin Perry acted for Bambino Holdings in the defence of proceedings brought by US company, Bluewaters Communications Holdings, which relates to the sale of shares in Formula 1 racing in 2005. James Maton heads the firm's UK disputes practice; Laurence Harris is vice chair of the firm's global litigation department; and Mark Deem 'brings his considerable experience into play with quick and insightful analysis'. Product litigation lawyer Rod Freeman   joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP  and investment treaty special counsel Christophe Bondy was hired from Volterra Fietta.

Leading individuals

Kevin Perry - Cooley (UK) LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'lawyers stand out due to their¬†exceptional experience in the field of international investment law and their commitment to accomplish the best result for their clients'. The practice covers¬†international¬†commercial arbitration work, including¬†oil and gas exploration matters,¬†licensing rights in the Middle East, technology licensing rights, bio‚Äźsciences and product testing disputes, and international supply agreements. It also acts in¬†investment treaty arbitrations and¬†insurance and reinsurance-related¬†arbitrations.¬†James Maton¬†is London litigation head;¬†Mark Everiss¬†focuses on reinsurance litigation; and¬†Mark Deem¬†is 'a tough negotiator, but brings valuable commercial¬† perspective to the dispute resolution process at the right time'. Other key contacts are David Kendall,¬†Kevin Perry¬†¬†and James Crabtree.¬†Special counsels¬†Christophe Bondy, who¬†'has incredibly deep experience of investor-state arbitration', and¬†public international law specialist¬†Joshua Brien¬†joined from¬†Volterra Fietta¬†and The¬†Commonwealth Secretariat, respectively.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP hired Christophe Bondy from Volterra Fietta, while special counsel Joshua Brien was recruited from the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, where he was the head of the oceans and natural resources division. Bondy led advice to West African Aquaculture, as claimant, in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of the Gambia, which concerned the direct expropriation of the claimant's aquaculture business by the Gambia; and Brien has extensive experience advising states on maritime boundary issues and stands out for continental shelf claims. James Maton is the head of litigation in the firm's London office; and independent consultant Tim Daniel's work includes representing states before the ICJ in significant land and maritime boundary disputes and in international arbitration disputes. Laurence Harris is also a key name and John Brown is a Law of the Sea consultant.

Leading individuals

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 Yorke has a strong reputation in the market for handling restructurings/insolvencies within the insurance sector and continues to represent the administrators of insolvent reinsurance company, MedRe. John Clark also handles restructuring work as part of his broader finance remit. Other clients include Ambridge Europe, Hyperion Insurance Group and ProSight Speciality Insurance.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'responsive and knowledgeable' team has substantial strength in cross-border matters (particularly involving the US) and advises on the share elements of corporate transactions. In a recent highlight, practice head Paula Holland advised SendGrid on the incentive aspects of its IPO in the UK and the Netherlands; she also handled the share elements of Nightstar Therapeutics' Nasdaq IPO and assisted SilverRail Technologies with the share plan components of its sale to Expedia. Holland also focuses on the technology and life science sectors, with example clients including Oxford BioTherapeutics, Appian and Fuze.

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London: Insurance

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

Cooley (UK) LLP

‚ÄėResponse times are always quick and advice is detailed and to the point‚Äô at Cooley (UK) LLP, which offers a ‚Äėvery in-depth knowledge‚Äô of the sector. While it is best known for complex insurance and reinsurance disputes in arbitration or in the Commercial Court, the firm‚Äôs expertise extends to insurance run‚Äźoff and insolvency and cross-border work, particularly in the US market. An extensive and prestigious client base in the US, Bermuda, Europe, London market and South East Asia includes the likes of Lloyd‚Äôs Market Association, Munich Re, Swiss Re, AXA and XL Bermuda. David Kendall, who is¬†'intelligent, sophisticated, supportive and guileful, in the best possible sense‚Äô,¬†acted for the latter in relation to disputes in London arbitration concerning coverage under Bermuda Form liability insurance policies.¬†In another recent highlight, ¬†‚Äėextremely knowledgeable, efficient and effective‚Äô practice head Mark Everiss, assisted by¬†Sam Tacey, obtained a worldwide freezing order on behalf of Med Re against one of its former directors. The team also includes the ‚Äėstrategic and business orientated‚Äô James Crabtree.

Leading individuals

David Kendall - Cooley (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sam Tacey - Cooley (UK) LLP

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

Cooley (UK) LLP

The international service at Cooley (UK) LLP¬†‚Äėhas always been excellent‚Äô and clients receive ‚Äėquick response times with detailed and to-the-point advice‚Äô. The team offers ‚Äėa very in-depth understanding‚Äô of the sector to clients in the London and European markets, North and South America, Bermuda, South Africa, and Hong Kong. These include, among others, Lloyd's syndicates, P&I club managers, trade associations, insolvency practitioners, and brokers. At the helm is the ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable, efficient and effective‚Äô Mark Everiss, who recently took the lead in advising Rollings Butt, the administrator of¬†insolvent reinsurance company MedRe, in relation to all matters arising from the insolvency.¬†Jon Yorke¬†and¬†David Kendall¬†are also key members of the team.

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

Cooley (UK) LLP

Specialising in restructuring insurance companies, both insolvent and solvent, Cooley (UK) LLP is often instructed by clients in the financial services sector with regard to fraud or mis-selling of products, which can include regulatory investigations and the involvement of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Practice head Mark Everiss has been director of the Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association for ten years and David Kendall is a member of the Insurance Scoping Forum of the Financial Markets Law Committee. Kendall recently advised PwC as provisional liquidator of Lehman Re on the structured reinsurance transactions entered into by Lehman Re. Jonathan Yorke is leading the team advising Rollings Butt, the administrator of Med Re, an insolvent reinsurance company, in relation to all matters arising from the insolvency.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Yorke - Cooley (UK) LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP  significantly enhanced its product liability practice with the recruitment of Rod Freeman  as practice head from Hogan Lovells International LLP in 2017. Since his appointment the practice has acted on a number of high-profile matters: Freeman is leading on defending Whirlpool in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, as well as advising its rollout of a $250 million product safety action for customers globally. New clients for the practice include Esteé Lauder, Sony, Nike and Motorola. Other significant matters for the team include acting for XL Insurance’s Bermuda business on London arbitration of disputes. Associate Sarah-Jane Dobson brings experience in cross-border matters and a biomedical background; she has been involved in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s consultation and report on product safety law in the era of the internet of things.

Leading individuals

Rod Freeman - Cooley (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Jane-Dobson - Cooley (UK) LLP

Sascha Grimm - Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

The 'absolutely outstanding' privacy and data protection team at Cooley (UK) LLP acts for both large corporates and SMEs, and attracts praise for its 'great value for money'. It is instructed by several clients including software company Lumeon, TalentSky and US-based defence company Leidos on GDPR compliance programmes, which has included advising on matters of data processing, access and international data transfers. The group is  jointly led by Mark Deem and Ann Bevitt who focus on litigation and non-contentious compliance respectively. Former co-head Sarah Pearce left the team to join Paul Hastings LLP. Clients also include Lloyd's Market Association and the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Leading individuals

Louise Delahunty - Cooley LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP¬† is frequently instructed by international clients on trade mark portfolio management, cross-border brand protection and prosecution work. The practice, headed by Nicholas Bolter¬†advises an impressive roster of clients within the technology, retail, food and drink and automotive sectors.¬†¬†The five-partner team includes Colm Murphy, a chartered patent attorney with a ‚Äėextensive knowledge‚Äô of the life sciences sector. The firm is known for its substantive EU trade mark practice; recent client wins for Bolter include TGI Fridays, which it is representing in a trade mark protection case. Bolter is acting alongside¬†Martin Henshall¬†and Martin Whittle¬†for Twitter on all European trade mark work including clearance, filing and enforcement matters. Other highlights for the team included managing the trade mark portfolios and filing for Williams Grand Prix Engineering and beverage supplier Sazerac Co.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Busy largely on commercial and investment matters, particularly on the venture capital end, Cooley (UK) LLP's department is especially active in insurtech, payments and blockchain. Financial institutions also instruct the practice on outsourcing and IT procurement matters. IP and technology specialist Chris Coulter heads the group; Justin Stock, David Bresnick and senior associate Aaron Archer are noted for their corporate and M&A experience. Financing expert John Clark is often active in the technology space. Clients have included Receipt Bank, MoneyFarm, ShieldPay, Mastercard and NFU Mutual.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

The 'responsive, highly skilled and knowledgeable' information technology team at Cooley (UK) LLP¬†is often instructed to advise emerging companies¬†in innovative technology matters, but also acts well-known brands on matters including procurement projects. The¬†'highly efficient' team is jointly led by commercial lawyer¬†Chris Coulter¬†(Sarah Pearce¬†having moved to Paul Hastings LLP), litigator Mark Deem¬†and¬†Ann Bevitt¬†(who specialises in data protection). Coulter has 'a¬†very strategic mind' and¬†is leading a team acting for Elliptic¬†Enterprises¬†‚ÄĒ a company offering cryptocurrency forensics and analysis to enforcement agencies and financial institutions¬†‚ÄĒ on matters concerning¬†data¬†acquisition, customer¬†engagement¬†and on new¬†business¬†ventures. In another work highlight the department is assisting Eve Sleep with commercial and strategic matters relating to online sales and advertising.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

The 'excellent' intellectual property team at Cooley (UK) LLP¬†attracts praise for being 'easy to work with, proactive and for offering practical advice'. The group is particularly known for trade mark work;¬†clients include Twitter, for which it handles on all aspect of its European trade mark matters, from filing to enforcement. The group also act for¬†VF¬†Corporation and Yum! Brands on trade mark issues.¬†The 'highly responsive' Nicholas Bolter¬†¬†is recommended as being 'business-friendly advice and great results' particularly in relation to trade mark and design rights. Other key names to note include Nicola Maguire¬†and John Wilkinson,¬†who focus on the life sciences sector.¬†Maguire led a team advising Enterome on its¬†‚ā¨40m joint venture with Nestl√© Health Science, which included joint venture agreement, cross licences and an agreement for the provision of services.

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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 expertise spans IP, copyright, trade marks, advertising, marketing, commercial, outsourcing, disputes, competition and corporate transactions; and has a growing its music and digital content practice. IP lawyer Nicholas Bolter  head of trade marks and acts for Twitter on its European trade mark work; and advises Netflix on its UK trade mark work. Becket McGrath handles EU and UK competition law and is instructed by BuzzFeed to represent it before the CMA on the authority’s phase 2 media public interest review of  21st Century Fox’s acquisition of Sky. The London team worked closely with the firm’s US office to advise Meredith Corporation on its $2.8bn agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Time. Advising Union Square Ventures on SoundCloud's investment from The Raine Group and Temasek is another key highlight. IP and commercial lawyer Chris Coulter and Mark Deem  who specialises in TMT litigation, are also noted. Sarah Pearce has joined Paul Hastings LLP and Brian Chadwick has joined Fieldfisher.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP

The 'excellent' Cooley (UK) LLP handles IP and transactional matters in this sector. The 'outstanding' John Wilkinson jointly heads the practice and has 'an encyclopaedic knowledge of life sciences and legal detail'. He has expertise in the areas of IP, regulatory, competition and transactions, and recently advised Addex on its collaboration with Individior with the aim of developing a product to treat addiction. Fellow practice head Nicola Maguire is an expert in non-contentious IP issues and assisted PhoreMost with licensing technology from the University of Turin. Patent attorney Colm Murphy defended Illumina against challenges to its patents after it acquired Solexa. Corporate transactions specialist Stephen Rosen advised Orchard Therapeutics on its $110m Series B financing from Baillie Gifford and ORI Capital. Corporate specialist Ed  Lukins is also recommended.

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