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Cooley (UK) LLP

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Cooley is one of the leading law firms in the world for technology and life sciences. It leads in tech, life sciences and venture-backed IPOs. Since 2010 the firm has handled more than 1,000 M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of over $395+ billion, making its practice one of the most active in the world. The firm is a leader in complex litigation, including in high-stakes IP, white-collar and insurance work.

The firm: Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established ts partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high stakes litigation, often where innovation meets the law.

Cooley’s UK practice has strengths across many of its core practice areas, among them corporate/M&A, tax, complex high-stakes litigation, private equity & venture capital, technology transactions, IP, insurance and reinsurance, product compliance, competition, employment, privacy and data protection.

Cooley has over 1,000 lawyers across 15 offices in the United States, China and Europe, ensuring an international reach for international clients such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Apollo Global Management, Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands, Guardian Media Group plc, iGas Energy, Lloyd's Market Association, Primary Capital Partners, Tata Steel, Twitter Inc and many others.

Principal areas of work : Antitrust/EU Competition: The firm advises clients on the full range of EU and UK competition law issues, including competition litigation, merger control, agency investigations, licensing and distribution issues, pricing, abuse of dominance, joint ventures and strategic alliances, market and sector investigations and compliance.

Asset Recovery (Fraud): The firm acts for Governments seeking to trace, freeze and recover misappropriated public funds and bribes from dishonest public officials, their companies, trusts and associates, and advise on the complex political, practical and legal issues that arise.

Banking & Finance: The firm represents lenders, borrowers, trustees, and distressed debt investors in connection with cross-border and domestic financing transactions, acquisitions and restructurings.

Commercial Litigation & Arbitration: Cooley has a leading general commercial litigation and international arbitration practice. The firm advises companies, governments, state entities and foreign lawyers on the full range of commercial disputes, many of which have a cross-border element. Its lawyers are expert in all forms of dispute resolution and the team includes a specialist white collar crime partner.

Compensation & Benefits: The firm advises clients on the operation of UK, US and international incentive arrangements and remuneration strategies for their employees, directors and consultants and structure and establish a wide variety of equity and cash plans.

Corporate: Cooley acts on a range of transactions including M&A, corporate finance and private equity and venture growth capital transactions. The team advises trade buyers and multinational corporations on acquisitions and disposals (primarily cross border) of both controlling and non-controlling interests. Our lawyers advise leading issuers, investment banks and investors in equity and debt transactions that raise capital through the global public and private capital markets. We are the most active law firm for technology and life sciences IPOs.

Employment: The firm advise clients on a range of employment issues such as employee contracts and benefits, service agreements, discrimination, employee intellectual property considerations, and confidentiality and noncompete agreements. It offers capabilities in contentious employment matters, advising on High Court restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation, as well as statutory and contractual claims before employment tribunals.

Insurance & Reinsurance: The team represents policyholders, brokers, insurers, reinsurers and investors. It has significant experience in insurance and reinsurance litigation, regulation and transactions, as well as in-depth experience in insurtech issues, both regulatory and corporate. We provide advice on product development, the negotiation and placement of policies; assist with claim presentation, negotiation and settlement; and litigate coverage claims for policyholders, insurers and reinsurers.

Intellectual Property: The firm’s trade mark team advises individuals through to multi-national companies, on selection, acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of trade marks, brands and designs throughout the EU and worldwide. Its patent practice offers clients the full range of patent drafting and prosecution services in Europe, EPO opposition work and general patent-related advice including freedom to operate analyses, infringement and validity opinions, due diligence and management of global technology.

Life Sciences: The London team works with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies on collaborations, M&A, equity fundings, public offerings and other negotiated transactions, as well as on a wide range of transactional, IP, licensing, regulatory and competition matters within the sector. The firm advises on highly complex alliances and joint ventures, co-promotional and co-marketing and distribution and supply agreements.

Privacy & Data Protection: The firm provides multi-disciplinary depth and breadth of experience across a variety of sectors in data protection, privacy and data security compliance, privacy by design, cyber security, data breach management, incident response, breach preparedness, and related litigation, especially in large breaches and those with multi-national issues.

Product Compliance and Product Liability: Working within the most complex and highly regulated industries, including technology, life sciences, cosmetics and consumer products with market-leading experience in managing regulatory investigations, litigation, product recalls, risk assessments and international compliance and liability needs.

Public International Law: The firm provides governments and other clients with advice, assistance and research on a range of subjects that includes sovereign immunity, international boundaries, anti-corruption issues and state asset recovery.

Tax: The firm has a broad corporate advisory and transactional tax practice, advising on UK and international direct and indirect tax issues in relation to corporate, financing, outsourcing and IP transactions and planning.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT): The firm helps clients put together commercial transactions, especially involving technology, digital content and IP. It advises on a wide variety of commercial matters such as: outsourcing projects, technology licensing, distribution, mobile and online commerce, technology JVs, IP asset exploitation, social media and complex services agreements.


  • Number of UK partners: 30
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 70
  • Total staff figures in London: 199
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Mandarin Chinese

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