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Cooley LLP
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United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

Cooley LLP handles repeat buy-side M&A work for high-growth public and mature private companies as well as sell-side work for private and public companies. The practice stands out for deals involving the technology, life sciences, medical device and healthcare, consumer, education, defense and media industries. Key active clients are Clearlake Capital, Jive Communications, SiteLink Software and RockRose Energy. Mehdi Khodadad in Palo Alto advised Clearlake Capital, an investment firm focused on private equity and special situation transactions, on its recent acquisition of software solutions company Perforce Software; also in Palo Alto, Steven Tonsfeldt led advice to FareHarbor, a reservation platform for tours, activities, rentals and attractions, on its sale to Booking Holdings, known globally for online travel and related services. Elsewhere, Meredith Beuchaw in New York acted for cloud-based HR company PeopleDoc on its sale to Ultimate Software, an American technology company that develops and sells UltiPro, a cloud-based human capital management solution for businesses. The M&A chairs are San Diego-based M&A Barbara Borden and Jamie Leigh in San Francisco; Borden advised Perella Weinberg Partners, as financial advisers to clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Cascadian Therapeutics (CT), on CT’s sale to Seattle Genetics, and Leigh acted for Shipt, an online same-day delivery platform, in its $550m sale to Target. Other highly rated advisers are co-fintech chair Al Brown in Boston, Washington DC-based Kevin Mills, New York’s Ron Hopkinson and San Francisco-based Eric Schwartzman and Ben Beerle.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Cooley LLP is a strong choice for transactions which require FCC approval, particularly with former commissioner Robert McDowell among its ranks, and is distinguished by its prominent work in broadcast transactions. McDowell leads the group along with transaction specialist Michael Basile and broadcast regulatory expert John Feore. Basile advised long-term client Cordillera on the sale of most of its television businesses to Scripps, as well as the sale of its Tuscon operations to Quincy Media, for a combined $600m. McDowell has been retained by T-Mobile in connection with its proposed merger with Sprint, serving as regulatory and public affairs counsel. In cooperation with the firm’s M&A and antitrust departments, Feore, Basile and McDowell are advising Gray Television on its $3.65bn acquisition of Raycom Media, one of the largest local broadcasting merges in recent years. A recent key area of work for the firm is broadcast transactions arising from the FCC’s incentive auction, where the firm acts for several clients including Cox Media Group in post-auction transactions and channel-sharing arrangements. Kevin Mills is the name to note for telecoms and media clients seeking corporate advice, and recently handled Meredith’s $2.8bn acquisition of Time along with Basile and members of the firms antitrust and debt finance practices.