Cooley (UK) LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Cooley (UK) LLP
22 Bishopsgate

Living Wage

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 2

No longer overshadowed by its more well-established US offering, Cooley (UK) LLP provides a compelling offering to clients forming, scaling and investing in high-growth often disruptive companies through a company’s life cycle. As well as its transactional prowess, which includes a considerable amount of transatlantic work, the ‘hard working and pragmatic team contributes to thought leadership in the sector’, including its continued involvement for the BVCA on revisions on Series A funding round model documents. ‘An incredibly experienced high-growth company advisor‘, US-qualified team head Ryan Naftulin  has ‘unparalleled understanding of UK and US venture’.  Aaron Archer  is ‘a real powerhouse’ and ‘always keeps the commercial interests of all parties top of mind’. 

Practice head(s):

Ryan Naftulin

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Archer


‘The hard working and pragmatic team contributes to thought leadership in the sector.’

‘Aaron Archer is a real powerhouse. He drives transactions hard and always keeps the commercial interests of all parties top of mind.’

‘Aaron Archer is incredibly efficient and focuses on the right issues. He is opinionated, but his opinions are good. Aaron is a standout player in his ability to deliver outcomes.’

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s London team acts across a broad spectrum of PIL matters. Its coverage ranges from investment treaty and international trade disputes, to providing Law of the Sea advice to coastal states. The group also assists with state responsibility issues, and has longstanding expertise in international asset recovery work. The PIL practice of London disputes head James Maton incorporates both investor-state arbitrations and treaty disputes; Laurence Harris is an expert in advising clients on their government asset recovery programmes; and Henry Stewart's PIL workload includes anti-corruption matters. The 'absolutely superb' John Brown is a renowned consultant on Law of the Sea matters, who advises on maritime boundary delimitation issues, as well as freedom of navigation issues at geo-political levels; and associate Juan Nascimbene routinely acts in major PIL-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Maton


‘John Brown is absolutely superb.’

‘John Brown is the ultimate team player, displaying top-notch technical know-how and savvy strategy skills.’

‘In terms of John Brown’s availability and engagement, quality, efficiency and communication, they are all rated as excellent.’

Key clients

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Government of the Republic of Maldives

Government of Turks & Caicos Islands

Work highlights

  • Represents Odyssey Marine Exploration in an arbitration brought under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement against Mexico (UNCITRAL Rules).
  • Advising (as co-counsel) the Government of the Republic of Maldives on the delimitation of maritime boundaries and continental shelf matters.
  • Acting for the TCI Government in its civil claims to recover land and money from parties involved in corrupt practices/fraud.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

The team at Cooley (UK) LLP is known for its ‘deep industry knowledge‘ and ‘unparalleled experience‘ in matters concerning clinical trials and manufacturing issues, and acts for a number of notable clients, including Hummingbird, Athenex, and Biograil. Nicola Maguire jointly leads the practice with John Wilkinson; Maguire assists a number of large bioscience and pharmaceutical companies with M&A and equity funding, while Wilkinson advises medtech companies on research collaborations and the purchase of vaccines. Frances Stocks Allen has broad expertise in acting for both public and private companies on supply arrangements, co-promotional issues and collaboration agreements.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Maguire; John Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent team with a focused commercial mind and deep industry knowledge. One of the best in the area with unparalleled experience.’

Key clients

DJS Antibodies



The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI)

Orchard Therapeutics


Bavarian Nordic

Zealand Pharma

Bicycle Therapeutics

Quell Therapeutics

Emergex Vaccines


Ascend Gene and Cell Therapies



Work highlights

  • Advised DJS Antibodies Ltd on its proposed licensing of its technology and subsequent acquisition for $255m.
  • Advised Amryt Pharma on its agreement to be acquired by Chiesi Farmaceutici in a $1.48bn cash and contingent value right (CVR) transaction.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP assists clients across the full product lifecycle encompassing product liability litigation, B2B disputes, product safety and regulatory compliance issues. The practice also advises on investigations, product recalls and compliance issues with expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors. Rod Freeman leads the team with experience in disputes work and policy interventions. Sascha Grimm is well-versed in crisis management issues, litigation and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Rod Freeman

Other key lawyers:

Sascha Grimm

Key clients

Estee Lauder






Stanley Black & Decker




Work highlights

  • Acting as the sole legal representatives for Whirlpool in the Grenfell Public Inquiry which was instituted by the UK Government following the Grenfell Tower Fire.
  • Represented IQVIA, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development services, in its dispute with Cardiorentis, a Swiss pharma company that engaged our client to conduct an enormous global clinical trial (excess of twenty-three countries) to test its primary product – a heart failure treatment.
  • Acted as international products counsel for a global cosmetics manufacturer, providing strategic product liability focused advice on a large portfolio of brands and products, across the entire product lifecycle.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s ‘strong and very approachable’ team is praised for its ‘unique combination of US law expertise paired with extensive knowledge of the European capital markets’, particularly in cross-border mandates. The team works on a wide range of ECM transactions, representing issuers, investment banks and investors on IPOs and secondary offerings, with a growing focus on founder-led and VC-backed companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. Claire Keast-Butler heads up the team, representing issuers, investment banks and investors on capital markets and securities regulation matters.

Practice head(s):

Claire Keast-Butler


‘Cooley is focused on helping founder-led businesses access the capital markets and combines market-leading experience advising on U.S. IPOs by European companies. Deep experience working on listings on key exchanges across Europe.’

‘Unique combination of US law expertise paired with extensive knowledge of the European capital markets, in particular regarding Germany.’

‘Team is strong and very approachable. Pragmatic for being US law. Very good availability.’


Key clients

Silence Therapeutics




Super Group Limited





Verona Pharma

Wizz Air

Work highlights

  • Advised Silence Therapeutics in a USD56.5 million registered direct offering of 5,950,000 American Depositary Shares, each representing three ordinary shares, at a price of USD9.50 per ADS.
  • Advised Redx Pharma plc, on its placing of ordinary shares to existing and new investors raising £34.2m

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 3

Led by the highly experienced Stephen Rosen, the ‘knowledgeable, intelligent’ team at Cooley (UK) LLP is well-versed in all manner of transactions, working with buyers, sellers, shareholders, financial advisers and private equity funds. The practice regularly handles cross-border matters in the technology and life sciences sectors, and is noted for its expertise in the startup and venture capital space. Ben Shribman specialises in advising venture capital backed clients in a range of transactions, while managing partner Justin Stock, and senior partner David Bresnick are further key names to note. Life sciences expert Simon Amies joined the team in May 2023 from Covington & Burling LLP, strengthening the team’s sector-specific offering in M&A, IPOs, capital raisings and venture and growth capital investments. Michal Berkner  has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rosen

Other key lawyers:


‘The team’s particular strengths are knowledge of the life sciences market and client management. They are knowledgeable, intelligent and easy to work with.’

‘Laurence Harris is a very experienced and intelligent lawyer.’

Key clients

Amryt Pharma Plc


Chegg, Inc.

ICS Learn

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.




Battery Ventures and its portfolio company ResourceWise

Nasuni Corporation

UiPath Inc.

DigitalOcean Holdings, Inc (DigitalOcean)

Digital Shadows Ltd

Bavarian Nordic


Work highlights

  • Advised Amryt Pharma in its US$1.48 billion acquisition by Chiesi Farmaceutici  S.p.A., an international, research-focused biopharmaceuticals and healthcare group.
  • Assisted Redx Pharma, a UK clinical-stage biotechnology company, on its all share merger with Jounce Therapeutics, a US clinical-stage immunotherapy company, in a $425 million and contingent value right transaction.
  • Advised Biote in connection with its merger with SPAC Haymaker Acquisition Corp. III and subsequent US listing.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 3

Noted for its strong focus on mid-market tech sector deals, Cooley (UK) LLP works with a litany of high-profile management teams on all manner of transactions. Practice head Stephen Rosen works with a range of VC-funded growth-companies and life sciences investors, with recent highlights including multi-million-pound cross-border acquisitions. Ben Shribman, a specialist in PE and growth capital fundraisings, is also recommended. Michal Berkner has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rosen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Alcuin Capital

Susquehanna Private Capital LLC

Brainlabs (owned by Livingbridge)

ICS Learn (owned by Primary Capital)

Instructure (owned by Thoma Bravo)

Battery Ventures

Management team of Calypso

Insight Terra


Work highlights

  • Advised Zuora on its acquisition of Zephr.
  • Advised Kpler on its acquisition of COR-e to expand into European power markets.
  • Advised Alvotech on its merger with SPAC Oaktree Acquisition Corp II and subsequent US listing.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Praised by clients for the ability to ‘cover a wide range of countries and situations’, Cooley (UK) LLP frequently advises on the employee schemes aspects of large M&A transactions, and establishes new share plans for tech and life science companies. Additionally, the team frequently advises the boards of public and private companies on directors’ pay and hirings. Practice head Paula Holland sports extensive transactional expertise extending to UK and US IPOs. Nicola Squire, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, has longstanding experience in advising clients on private equity transactions and M&A. Bethan Chalmers has deep knowledge of share-based and cash-based incentive arrangements for employees and executives. Jia Xie is a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Paula Holland

Other key lawyers:


‘I mainly use this team for the ability to work on share schemes and rely on their knowledge and scope to cover such a wide range of countries and situations.’

‘Their ability to cover both executive and non-executive programmes has not been rivaled by any other firm I have dealt with. The service is consistently fast, accurate and the team are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Nicola Squire deserves special mention, she is always available, very responsive and gives excellent advice that is commercially grounded.’

Key clients

Berkeley Group Holdings plc

Amryt Pharma Plc

Chegg, Inc.

DigitalOcean Holdings, Inc

DJS Antibodies Ltd

Kpler Holding SA

Digital Shadows Ltd

UiPath, Inc.


Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Zephr Ltd

Endava plc

Exscientia plc

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 4

Counting business owners, high-net-worth individuals, and c-suite executives amongst its key clients, Cooley (UK) LLP’s white-collar defence and investigations team is praised for its advice in global SFO corruption cases and complex tax evasion proceedings. With ‘worldwide resources and expertise’, the practice is renowned for its work across the natural resources, aviation, and finance sectors. Practice head Tom Epps demonstrates ‘consummate skill’ in fraud and corruption cases, while Sascha Grimm is noted for her expertise in asset recovery and privacy compliance issues. Ben Sharrock and Monica Mylordou are also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Tom Epps


‘Tom Epps heads up a team with deep, worldwide resources and expertise, able to address any problem with consummate skill and bags of experience.’

‘Tom Epps is widely recognised as one of the most talented lawyers of his generation. He is disarmingly calm, taking everything in his stride, yet, below the surface, his brain turns over at a thousand miles an hour. He is sensitive with clients, a pleasure to work with and achieves outstanding results.’

‘Tom Epps would be who I would call especially if it was a global investigation. He is excellent at dealing with sensitive situations.’

‘Tom Epps is the finest in his generation. He stands above his contemporaries – an extraordinary talent.’

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 4

Embedded in data privacy and cybersecurity matters, Cooley (UK) LLP is a key port of call for various fintech companies, investment firms, and payment service providers, who turn to the team for its capabilities in areas such as intellectual property protection, outsourcing requirements and capital raisings. Practice chair Guadalupe Sampedro is well placed to advise on complex regulatory matters in the payments and financial services space. Chris Coulter is noted for his in-depth knowledge of intellectual property transactions, while Yulia Makarova frequently advises on regulatory approvals for venture capital.

Practice head(s):

Guadalupe Sampedro

Other key lawyers:


‘Cogent team of professional advisors.’

‘Yulia Makarova is personable, professional and efficient.’ 

Work highlights

  • Advising eBay on a wide range of data protection and ecommerce matters related to its payments business globally.
  • Advising Dapple on all the data protection, privacy and financial services regulatory issues related to the launch and operation of its NFT platforms.
  • Advising an international platform aimed at the tokenisation of employer/employee relationships on  regulatory framework and regulatory perimeter matters.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP's highly international tax team is extremely active in complex M&A transactions, and provides key expertise in cross-border capital markets and private equity matters. Department head Natasha Kaye's practice covers both advisory and transactional matters, and has private equity as a key focus. David Wilson advises on M&A, debt financing, and reorganisations. Associate Jack Jones is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Kaye

Other key lawyers:


‘Their key strength to my mind is their practical mindset. The team were always willing to give their insights into particular challenges we faced & brought a collaborative approach to getting to answers were acceptable to all parties. They do a great job of sorting the key points from the noise so that a deal doesn’t get bogged down in immaterial minutiae.’

‘There was a modesty and practicality to the team at Cooley that was noteworthy and made working with them a smooth experience. Compared with many other firms, there was a distinct lack of grandstanding. I believe they focused on adding value in everything they did rather than trying to maximise fees at the client’s expense. I was very impressed and would use again.’

‘The Cooley team was great in helping us navigate the complexities and local practices of a UK acquisition. They increased my personal knowledge base considerably and were extremely responsive, practical and diligent.’

‘David Wilson was a great resource. Always responsive, always willing to spend extra time to educate and help us understand the rationale and risks associated with the transaction and our ongoing presence in the UK.’

‘Collaborative style working with counsel on the other side and getting to a good solution.’

‘Natalia Kay – very pragmatic, simple explanations, reach solutions.’

‘Cooley have been a great business partner and I have found working with them, in some ways, comforting (which is extremely rare for legal-types). In so much as I trust the team are competent, pragmatic, willing to be flexible and driven to achieve the best possible outcomes on my behalf.’

‘Natasha Kaye has been my primary point of contact and embodies all the positive qualities mentioned above. In particular, Natasha was able to ensure that UK tax law was at the forefront of a US-led project – not easy – and in this case, absolutely essential to the success of the project.’

Key clients

Amryt Pharma plc



Yum! Brands, Inc

Karo Pharma AB

Immunocore Holdings plc

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc

ONE Finance

Battery Ventures

DJS Antibodies Ltd

Ascend Gene Therapy

Zealand Pharma

Endava plc

Professional Fighters League, LLC

Nasuni Corporation


Work highlights

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP's London asset recovery team advises a wide range of private and public entities across a variety of sectors and jurisdictions, with work spread as far afield as the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa. Headed by UK disputes head James Maton, the team's work encompasses insurance, corruption, and debt recovery, amongst others. Other integral team members include Laurence Harris, business litigator Henry Stewart and Sascha Grimm, who leads the firm’s crisis management team.

Practice head(s):

James Maton

Key clients

Aux Cayes FinTech Co Ltd (trading as OKX)

The Governor and Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)

Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG)

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP has a full-service cyber, data, and privacy offering with strength in cross-border projects, GDPR compliance, and multijurisdictional data breaches. Guadalupe Sampedro helms the practice and advises clients in the fintech and financial services sectors, while the ‘very knowledgeableAnn Bevitt handles data transfers, breach notifications, and internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Guadalupe Sampedro

Other key lawyers:


‘Global data privacy team. Very accessible, sociable and communicative. Responding quickly with profound but pragmatic advice and solutions.’

‘Ann Bevitt is very knowledgeable and sound, but also quick and pragmatic in providing direct legal advice as well as obtaining advice from multiple teams on global or multinational issues through her network.’

‘In-depth experience of the tech and payments industry, very pragmatic, great insights into regulatory activities.’

‘Guadalupe Sampedro is fantastic!’

‘The practical business guidance is what makes Cooley so unique. Cooley is like having your own in-house counsel “dream team” of experts who specifically understand the in-house deadlines and drama. I receive rapid, actionable, thoughtful, analysis and guidance.’

‘Guadalupe Sampedro has the gravitas, professional EQ, and executive presence to calm stressful situations. I walk away feeling well-advised and that there is a clear executable plan.’

Key clients

eBay, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc.

Grinder LLC

Colt Technology Services

Work highlights

  • Advising eBay on a wide range of data protection matters relevant to their payments business globally (EU, UK, US, Australia).
  • Assisted Yum!Brands, a global restaurant brand, with global data privacy compliance.
  • Representing the social networking app Grindr before the ICO in an investigation regarding its compliance with the GDPR and a Freedom of Information request.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s London team is routinely mandated for matters involving oil and gas exploration work, licensing rights in the Middle East, technology licensing, and disputes involving life sciences sector clients. It is additionally sought out by blue-chip insurers and reinsurers from the UK, US, Bermuda, and continental Europe to assist with disputes. Henry Stewart acts in high-value arbitrations for life sciences companies, while James Maton is UK disputes head. Laurence Harris also has notable international arbitration experience.

Practice head(s):

James Maton

Other key lawyers:

Henry Stewart; Laurence Harris; Juan Nascimbene


‘Clever, hard workers and critical minds.’

‘Knows how to put problems and questions, and is able to solve issues.’

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

The 'highly skilled' competition group at Cooley (UK) LLP is well-placed to advise its clients on a range of matters, including merger control, commercial agreements, abuse of dominance and agency investigations. Work in the tech and life sciences sectors forms the cornerstone of the practice, cementing its reputation as a go-to firm for industry giants. Spearheading the team is the 'very experienced' Caroline Hobson who is praised for her ability to provide 'sound, pragmatic and business-oriented advice.' Associate Anna Caro advises clients on the full spectrum of competition law matters, with a particular focus on the tech and healthcare industries.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Hobson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Epps; Christine Graham; Anna Caro


‘The UK Cooley competition team is highly skilled. They are very knowledgeable concerning the CMA activity, responses and potential enforcement activity. The team is very responsive and provide insightful information for the client.’

‘Caroline Hobson is a very experienced competition counsel. She provides sound, pragmatic and business-oriented advice.’

‘Anna Caro is a very good competition counsel. As a former CMA counsel, she has extensive knowledge regarding its work and enforcement capabilities and priorities.’

Key clients

Intersect ENT

Trelleborg AB

Condor Flugdienst GmbH (Condor)

Arena Pharmaceuticals

Turning Point

Insurance Anto



Apollo Endosurgery

Meredith Corporation

Horizon Therapeutics


Zoll Medical


Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised Intersect ENT, a global ear, nose and throat medical technology company, on the global antitrust aspects of its sale to medical technology company Medtronic in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.1 billion.
  • Advising Trelleborg, a Sweden-based that specialises in engineered polymer solutions, in its divestment of one of the group’s three divisions to Japan-based Yokohama.
  • Providing advice to Condor on a range of antitrust matters.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Cooley (UK) LLP's London practice head Ann Bevitt assists clients with the employment aspects of establishing operations in the UK, as well as advising on risk management and defending tribunal claims including age discrimination and unfair dismissal cases. Nicola Squire and Chris Stack are further names to note. The US-headquartered firm specialises in acting for clients in the tech and fintech space and has a longstanding reputation for its work in these markets.

Practice head(s):

Ann Bevitt

Other key lawyers:


‘Accommodating, responsive, practical, thoughtful and extremely professional.’

‘The team are very understanding and work well to stay up to date and support you even if there are absences in the team.’

‘Chris Stack was very understanding, helpful and supporting’

‘Chris Stack knows his subject matter area incredibly well, but more importantly to me is able to give practical and efficient guidance. Also, he spent some time in the US and is able to give perspective on differences in UK law vs others. Chris is also extremely personable and responsive.’

‘The Cooley team was incredibly responsive, practical and quite good teachers. I feel like a greatly enhanced my comfort and experience with UK (and other jurisdictions) employment requirements and practices through working with the team.’

‘Ann Bevitt is great, not only during the acquisition process but as a continued trusted advisor for our expanding UK operations. Incredibly responsive (seemingly always available despite the time zone differences between Los Angeles and London), practical and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The support is fast and high level’

‘I worked with Ann Bevitt and she’s a top-level lawyer.’

Work highlights

Industry focus > TMT

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

Headed by 'extraordinary talent' Tom Epps, the Cooley (UK) LLP white-collar defence team demonstrates strong cross-border expertise across sanction compliance matters and AML proceedings.

The firm

Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients 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, complex high-stakes litigation, private equity and venture capital, capital markets, tax, technology transactions, IP, insurance and reinsurance, product compliance, competition and privacy.

Cooley has over 1,500 lawyers across 18 offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, and a total workforce of 3,300.

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.

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

Capital Markets: Cooley is a global market leader for equity capital markets, particularly in the life sciences and technology sectors. The London practice is led by partners with extensive experience acting on some of the largest equity capital markets transactions in London and across Europe. The firm regularly represents foreign private issuers (FPI) in both transactional and day-to-day legal matters, enabling it to be a strategic advisor to both seasoned and newly public companies in the US and throughout the globe.

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/M&A: 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.

Cyber/Data/Privacy: 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.

Dispute Resolution: 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.

Emerging Companies & Venture Capital: Cooley works with startups to launch dynamic new ventures and take them forward. The firm has been at it since the venture industry began, having formed America’s first venture fund in Silicon Valley and advise on 1,000+ VC financings annually, with an equal split between investor and company representation.

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 & Insurtech: Providing a full range of legal services to the global insurance and reinsurance industry. Cooley offers full insurance and reinsurance services across the firm’s broad client base, from advice regarding the negotiation and placement of policies, to assisting with claim presentation, negotiation and settlement, to litigating coverage and rescission claims for policyholders, insurers and reinsurers. The firm also has market-leading experience advising companies on insurtech matters.

Intellectual Property: The firm’s patent practice offers clients, particularly in the life sciences sector, on 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. The trade mark team advises individuals through to multi-national companies, on selection, acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of trade marks, brands and designs.

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.

Product Compliance & Product Liability: Working within highly regulated industries, including technology, life sciences, cosmetics and consumer products, the team has 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 Transactions: 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.

White Collar Crime: The practice is best known for providing entrepreneurial fast growth corporate and senior individual clients with seamless white collar advice in joint UK/US investigations. The team acts for business executives in connection with high profile and sensitive white collar crime global investigations instituted by the UK Serious Fraud Office, the UK Financial Conduct Authority and all the primary UK, as well as overseas, enforcement agencies.

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO (firmwide) Joe Conroy
Managing partner (London) Justin Stock
Antitrust / EU competition Alexander Israel
Banking & finance John Clark
Business/corporate Justin Stock
Capital Markets David Boles and Claire-Keast Butler
Commercial litigation & arbitration James Maton
Compensation & benefits Paula Holland
Cyber/Data/Protection Patrick Van Eecke
Employment Ann Bevitt
Dispute resolution James Maton
Intellectual Property Colm Murphy
Insurance & reinsurance Mark Everiss
Life Sciences Nicola Maguire and John Wilkinson
Product compliance and product liability Rod Freeman
Technology transactions Chris Coulter
Tax Natasha Kaye
White Collar Crime Tom Epps
Photo Name Position Profile
Aaron Archer photo Aaron Archer Aaron Archer is a partner in the emerging companies and venture practice…
Ann Bevitt photo Ann Bevitt Ann Bevitt is a partner in Cooley’s London office, where her employment…
David Bresnick photo David Bresnick David Bresnick is a partner in Cooley’s London office, where he focuses…
John Clark photo John Clark John Clark is a partner in Cooley’s London office where he represents lenders,…
Chris Coulter photo Chris Coulter Chris Coulter is a partner in Cooley’s London office and a member…
Tim Daniel photo Tim Daniel Tim Daniel is an independant consultant at Cooley’s London office. He has acted for…
Tom Epps photo Tom Epps Tom is a partner in our White Collar Defense & Investigations team.…
Rod Freeman photo Rod Freeman Rod Freeman is a partner in Cooley’s London office and an international products lawyer. He…
Sascha Grimm photo Sascha Grimm Sascha Grimm is a partner in Cooley’s Commercial Litigation department in the…
Laurence Harris photo Laurence Harris Laurence Harris is partner in Cooley’s London office and vice chair of the firm’s litigation department.…
Tanya Heare-Rowlands photo Tanya Heare-Rowlands Tanya Heare-Rowlands is special counsel in Cooley’s London office. She has extensive…
Paula Holland photo Paula Holland Paula Holland has over 20 years of experience in executive compensation and equity…
Richard Hopley photo Richard Hopley Richard Hopley is a partner in Cooley’s London office and is a…
Natasha Kaye photo Natasha Kaye Natasha Kaye is a partner in Cooley’s London office. Natasha has a broad corporate…
Claire Keast-Butler photo Claire Keast-Butler Claire Keast-Butler is a partner in Cooley’s London office. Her practice focuses…
David Kendall photo David Kendall David Kendall is a partner in Cooley’s London office and focuses on…
Nicola Maguire photo Nicola Maguire Nicola Maguire is a partner in Cooley’s Life Sciences practice and is…
James Maton photo James Maton James Maton is a partner in Cooley’s London office and heads Cooley’s…
Colm Murphy photo Colm Murphy Colm Murphy is a partner in Cooley’s London office. He is an European…
Ryan Naftulin photo Ryan Naftulin Ryan Naftulin is partner and vice chair of Cooley’s business department. He…
Kevin Perry photo Kevin Perry Kevin is a partner in Cooley’s London office and has a broad…
Stephen Rosen photo Stephen Rosen Stephen Rosen is a partner in our London office. Stephen’s experience is…
Henry Stewart photo Henry Stewart Henry Stewart is a partner in the commercial litigation group in London…
Justin Stock photo Justin Stock Justin Stock is a partner in Cooley’s corporate practice and is managing…
John Wilkinson photo John Wilkinson John Wilkinson is partner in Cooley’s London office and his practice focuses primarily on the…
David Wilson photo David Wilson David Wilson is a partner in Cooley’s London office and advises on…
David Wraige photo David Wraige David Wraige is a special counsel in the Cooley’s London office and focuses…
Number of UK partners : 33
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80
Total staff figures in London : 225
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The Legal 500 Future Lawyers Verdict

Cooley ‘should be the top choice for anyone wanting to work in life sciences or tech’. The US-headquartered firm’s ‘sector focus’, along with its ‘reputation, market-leading partners/associates, client work and small intake’ were among the many reasons trainees chose to start their career at the firm. As part of a small cohort, recruits ‘get lots of responsibility early on’ and are ‘treated like associates and feel embedded within the team’. Cooley is the deserving recipient of an impressive eight Future Lawyers Winner medals this year, namely quality of work, job satisfaction, client contact, vacation scheme, salary, sustainability, legal tech and diversity. The people at Cooley are ‘smart, capable and friendly’ and there is a ‘flat structure’, resulting in a non-hierarchical atmosphere. Negatives are that the ‘visibility of what seats are available isn’t always great’, as well as the fact that ‘you are nearly always the only trainee in your seat. This means that there is often no one to turn to who is at a similar level’. Being one of the only trainees in a team can also mean periods where long hours are the norm, although it is acknowledged that Cooley is much better in this regard than some of its US firm contemporaries. Recruits really enjoyed ‘having the opportunity to work directly with clients, being trusted to run processes independently’, and, especially, ‘leading a client call by myself’. Cooley's pro bono efforts ‘are exceptional - pro bono is also billable. There are all manner of pro bono opportunities’. Trainees appreciate the flexibility afforded by the firm’s work-from-home policies, although ‘not all teams embrace it as much as others’, so there can be some inconsistency. If you like the sound of a training contract with a focus on tech and life sciences in a firm where trainees are respected and high levels of responsibility are the norm, research Cooley.