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Cooley LLP

101 CALIFORNIA STREET, 5TH FLOOR, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-5800, USA
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Work +1 415 693 2000
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Fax +1 415 951 3698
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www.cooley.com

United States: Antitrust

Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s team, which is led by Jacqueline Grise, assists clients with the antitrust aspects of US and international M&A, which includes handling related merger investigations. The group, which also includes Howard Morse and Marc Schildkraut, is particularly well known for acting for clients from hi-tech industries. Grise is acting for BroadSoft in its $1.9bn acquisition by Cisco. Another highlight involved assisting Dynamic Network Service with obtaining DOJ clearance for its sale to Oracle Corporation. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Cooley LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 4

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has particular expertise in the technology and life sciences spaces, where it represents corporations and individuals involved in government investigations, as well as criminal and regulatory proceedings. In a major highlight, the group is representing Retrophin, following the removal of Martin Shkreli by the board of directors, in connection with internal, SEC and Congressional investigations relating to securities fraud and drug pricing structures. It also represents various high profile individuals facing allegations of corruption and bribery. The practice is led by William Schwartz in New York and includes Ian Shapiro, Jonathan Bach, and veteran litigators Celia Goldwag Barenholtz and Alan Levine.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 5

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has extensive technology litigation expertise and is regularly sought out by leading TMT companies for representation in complex disputes. It had another successful year in 2017. Among its victories, Angela Dunning and Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria in Palo Alto represented Blurb in a copyright suit brought by PETA concerning the well-known series of photos known as the ‘monkey selfies’ taken by a crested macaque; PETA appealed the dismissal of the suit to the Ninth Circuit, after which a settlement was reached. San Diego-based Steve Strauss obtained a complete victory for client Rancho Valencia Resort Partners in a private nuisance and tort dispute.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP handles a mix of investor-state and commercial arbitration mandates. The team is representing BM Holding in an ICSID arbitration against the UAE under the Turkey-UAE BIT, and is representing Bursel Tekstil Sanayi Ve Diş Ticaret, Burhan Enuştekin and Selim Kaptanoğlu Bursel in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Uzbekistan arising under the Turkey-Uzbekistan BIT. It is also representing Koch in an ICSID arbitration concerning the expropriation of a nitrogen and ammonia fertilizer plant in Venezuela. Department chair Mark Beckett, who is praised for his ‘depth of experience’, Rachel Thorn and Marc Suskin joined the firm in December 2016 from Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Named individuals mentioned are based in New York.

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Leading trial lawyers
Leading trial lawyers

Michael Rhodes - Cooley LLP

Stephen Neal - Cooley LLP

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

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP is an outstanding firm for litigation involving companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. During the last five years, it has defended more life sciences companies in shareholder litigation than any other firm. Koji Fukumura in San Diego is chair of the securities litigation practice and he secured victory for Celladon in a class action alleging that it misled investors about clinical trials for its leading drug candidate Mydicar. Lyle Roberts in Washington DC, John Dwyer in Palo Alto and Stephen Neal in San Francisco are also recommended.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Cooley LLP

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

Cooley LLP

Technology powerhouse Cooley LLP is ‘a growing force in major deals’, with sources highlighting it as ‘at the vanguard of trends in the equity capital markets arena’. The firm’s specialist sector focus ranks it among the top for IPOs by technology, life sciences and venture-backed companies, with its ‘accessible and smart lawyers’ also commended for their ‘strong complementary experience in M&A and complex private matters’. Palo Alto’s Eric Jensen has ‘first-class industry knowledge’ and advised longtime client, Snap, on its $3.4bn IPO - notably, the second largest tech IPO in history. In another company-side highlight, San Diego-based department co-chair Charlie Kim assisted Akcea Therapeutics with its $143.8m IPO. On the manager side, Jensen acted for the Goldman Sachs-led underwriter syndicate on Redfin’s $159m IPO. The group also includes San Francisco’s Andrew Williamson, New York-based Div Gupta and San Francisco-based practice co-chair David Peinsipp, who is ‘a great relationship builder’. The group was further strengthened by several new hires in 2017, which included a three-partner team from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati comprising of Washington DC-based Robert Sanchez and New York partners Adam Dinow and Sacha Ross.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s practice has considerable strength handling matters for start-ups and emerging companies. It is led by Palo Alto-based Barbara Kosacz, who often advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including collaborations, financings and IPOs. New York-based Ivor Elrifi specializes in patent prosecution, licensing and transactional work, among other IP-related matters. In Silicon Valley, Mika Reiner Mayer has particular expertise assisting life sciences companies, as well as investors, with due diligence matters. Other names to note are Jeffrey Libson, Geoffrey Starr and Manya Deehr in Princeton, as well as Wendy Goldstein in New York and Michael Tuscan in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Barbara Kosacz - Cooley LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

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

Cooley LLP

With a strong track record in the technology and life sciences sectors, Cooley LLP’s broad litigation practice combines district and appellate expertise with PTAB experience. Recent highlights include successfully representing BroadSoft in a declaratory judgment suit against Callwave Communications after BroadSoft clients had been sued for patent infringement by Callwave Communications regarding call processing systems. Orion Armon in Broomfield, Colorado and Michael Rhodes in San Francisco are key contacts. Thomas Friel joined King & Spalding LLP. James Brogan left.

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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 fields a prolific patent application practice in the technology and life sciences sectors, but also has strong PTAB expertise. The group’s experience includes IPRs alongside covered business method reviews and ex-parte reexaminations. New York’s Ivor Elrifi heads the practice.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s core area of expertise are transactions in the life sciences sector, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. The team regularly acts as an outsourced patent licensing business development counsel. Scott Talbot in Reston, Nan Wu and Mika Reiner Mayer in San Francisco and Ivor Elrifi in New York are the main contacts.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s department excels in cross-border litigation and has particular strength in the UK and in European jurisdictions. It counts high-profile brands such as Google, Facebook and Nintendo among its clients. Led by the well-regarded Peter Willsey, who is based in Washington DC, the department also includes Janet Cullum in New York and San Francisco-based senior counsel John Crittenden, who specializes in litigation involving trademark, false advertising and copyright issues.

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

At Cooley LLP, the department has experience advising clients ranging from start-ups to SMEs across a broad range of sectors. In Washington DC, department head Peter Willsey specializes in trademark prosecution and development matters. New York-based Janet Cullum often assists clients with registration and enforcement issues. San Francisco-based counsel John Crittenden’s clients include Yelp, Tesla Motors and Nintendo.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 5

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP has a strength in venture capital funds. Jordan Silber, who is ‘recommended with respect to venture funds and his in-depth knowledge of the Chinese market’, advised Banyan Capital on forming its third dollar-denominated fund, which raised $350m alongside a side-fund from its own management team; Mark Tanoury and John Dado handled the formation of Menlo Ventures’ 14th fund, which raised $450m. Shane Goudey assisted Lux Ventures with raising its fifth fund, which has a strategy aimed at early-stage technology and science companies. The named lawyers are located in Palo Alto, other than Silber in San Francisco. On the East Coast, Nicole Peppe assisted CAVU Venture Partners with forming a $209m fund investing in food and beverage startups. Craig Dauchy in Palo Alto, who advises Institutional Venture Partners, heads the practice.

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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

Often acting in buy-side M&A for high-growth public and mature private companies, Cooley LLP also assists with sell-side work, and the practice is highly rated for its sector expertise in technology and media, life sciences, medical device and healthcare, consumer goods, education, and defense. Highlights included advising BroadSoft, a global communication software and service provider, on its sale to Cisco; and acting for RBmedia, known for spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, on its acquisition of audiobook publishing company Gildan Media. Large deal matters include advising Zeltiq Aesthetics on its approximately $2.5bn all-cash sale to Allergan. Key names include Reston-based business department chair Mike Lincoln, who focuses on emerging companies, venture capital and M&A; San Diego-based M&A co-chair Barbara Borden, who advises strategic and financial buyers and sellers on public and private acquisitions, and who has significant experience in counseling boards of directors on M&A and related governance and anti-takeover matters; and San Francisco-based M&A co-chair Jamie Leigh, who acts for clients such as Uber, Tableau, AOL, Medivation, and Morgan Stanley. Other highly rated advisers include San Francisco-based Garth Osterman; 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

Cooley LLP - for many the benchmark venture capital and emerging company firm - stands out for its Silicon Valley status, geographic coverage across key emerging company centers, and its broad industry specialism. Moreover, it remains committed to start-ups, while having the breadth and expertise to help later-stage companies go public or be acquired. Life sciences, tech and cybersecurity are key areas of strength. The ‘top-class’ firm advised Zeltiq Aesthetics on its $2.5bn all-cash sale to biopharmaceutical giant Allergan. It also advised Uber on its joint venture with Russian online taxi booking service Yandex.Taxi. Other clients include BroadSoft, ConvergeOne, Evidon, FrontLine Education, HBM Healthcare Investments, SeatGeek, Thalmic Labs and xAd. Reston partner Mike Lincoln leads the business department and is ‘number one in the Washington DC area’, according to one client. San Diego-based Fred Muto is a leader in life sciences, Jim Fulton is a prominent figure in New York and Palo Alto’s Mark Tanoury has an outstanding reputation in Silicon Valley. Craig Dauchy and Eric Jensen, who is a leader in IPOs and equity offerings, are also big names in the Bay Area.

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

Cooley LLP

Data privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 2

Cooley LLP

With ‘brilliant industry knowledge and considered advice’, Cooley LLP’s ‘responsive and dependable team’ was recently bolstered by the recruitment of Boris Segalis in New York and Colorado-based David Navetta from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Washington DC-based special counsel Anthony Jannotta from Dentons. Michael Rhodes, who is ‘simply the best’, and Matthew Brown, both in San Francisco, jointly lead the department, which also includes Washington DC-based vice-chair Randy Sabett and Charles Haley in San Diego, who was recently promoted to the partnership. Rhodes and Brown successfully represented Facebook in a multidistrict litigation relating to its alleged use of browser cookies, while Sabett’s recent work includes advising a virtual reality company on compliance issues and assisting a nonprofit organization with its response to a data breach.

Leading lawyers

Randy Sabett - Cooley LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 1

Cooley LLP

Headquartered in Palo Alto, Cooley LLP has one of the largest dedicated technology transactions groups in the country. The firm’s technology transactions lawyers combine elements of an IP practice with a commercial transactions practice, and work with companies of all sizes and at all stages of development. The team has particular expertise in areas such as software, semiconductors, digital media, e-commerce, electronics, IT, telecoms, and alternative energy. Highlights included advising data protection company Datto on its definitive sale to Vista Equity Partners (Vista) and merger with Vista portfolio company Autotask; and acting for Cell Design Labs in its sale to Gilead Sciences. The team also advised online social networking service Meetup on its sale to WeWork, one of the fastest growing start-ups in the world, and acted for BroadSoft in its sale to global technology player Cisco. Colorado-based Keith Berets heads the technology transactions practice. Other recommended names are Adam Ruttenberg, who divides his time between Reston and Washington DC; and Washington DC-based David Wittenstein and Adam Chase. Key Palo Alto advisers include Carolyn Craig and Peter Burns, along with Adit Khorana, who joined from WilmerHale. Robin Lee left to work on public service projects.

Leading lawyers

Adam Ruttenberg - Cooley LLP

Keith Berets - 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 is headed by Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell. Basile has extensive experience in transactional, policy advocacy and regulatory compliance issues. McDowell assisted Iridium Communications with the regulatory aspects of its international spectrum allocations, and advised Mobile Future on FCC matters regarding internet network infringement, the deployment of wireless network infrastructure and mobile marketplace competition. Senior counsel John Feore typically advises on the regulatory aspects of large transactions; recently he has worked with CBS Affiliates Association and Fox Affiliates Group, respectively, in policy and regulatory issues. David Wittenstein is particularly strong on licensing agreements and copyright matters; he assisted Cox Communications with the regulatory aspects of its majority interest acquisition of Unite Private Networks. Anne Swanson joined Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.

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

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s Washington DC-based practice is led by transactions specialist Michael Basile and former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell and is a popular choice for transactions that require FCC approval. Kevin Mills is experienced handling M&A deals and buyouts in the media and communications space and, alongside Basile, advised Meredith on a proposed $2.4bn merger with Media General. Copyright and licensing expert David Wittenstein assisted Cox Communications with its acquisition of a majority interest in Unite Private Networks. Transactions specialist John Feore is also a key individual and recently advised Gray Television on in its acquisition of regional television stations.

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United States: Real estate

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

Cooley LLP

Combining environmental expertise and extensive experience in land use matters, Cooley LLP regularly handles commercial, residential and infrastructure developments. The team handled the approval process for a 470 ft tall headquarters building in the Washington DC region for Capital One, while Mark Looney assisted Comstock Partners with two development applications to expand the Reston Station site. The group continues to work for Miller & Smith / One Loudoun, Boston Properties, Mitre Corporation and Renovate America. John Lavoie heads the practice. In May 2018, Antonio Calabrese moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

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United States: Tax

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

Cooley LLP

At Cooley LLP, Kathleen Pakenham and senior counsel Stephen Gardner negotiated a favorable settlement for dental, medical and veterinary products distributor Henry Schein in a transfer pricing dispute following an IRS determination stating that the client had underreported its 2009-2011 income by more than $120m and establishing penalties of over $16m. The team also acted for RERI Holdings I before the Tax Court to challenge the IRS’s disallowance of a $33m deduction based on a novel interpretation of valuation tables. American Express and Shell are other active clients. Adriana Lofaro Wirtz was made partner in January 2018. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Next generation lawyers

Adriana Lofaro Wirtz - Cooley LLP

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

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s tax practice is particularly experienced in advising start-ups and emerging growth companies throughout their tax life cycles, but it also has broad skills in M&A, investment fund and private estate planning, mostly in relation to technology and intellectual property issues. Boston-based partner William Corcoran, who joined from Canadian firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in April 2017, represented data protection company Datto in its sale to Vista Equity Partners and merger with the latter’s portfolio company Autotask, while Jeremy Naylor in New York advised Plated on its sale to grocery chain Albertsons, of which it became a subsidiary. Other highlights included San Diego-based Todd Gluth advising BroadSoft on its $1.9bn sale to Cisco, and Mark Windfeld-Hansen and Susan Cooper Philpot in New York advising Jazz Pharmaceuticals on its $575m exchangeable senior notes offering.

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