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

Cooley (UK) LLP
22 Bishopsgate
LONDON
EC2N 4BQ
England

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Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP's London team acts for clients across a broad spectrum of PIL areas, with work ranging from investment treaty and international trade disputes to Law of the Sea advice, state responsibility issues and international asset recovery. Leading the firm's UK disputes practice is James Maton, whose PIL experience covers investor-state arbitration and treaty disputes. His team includes Laurence Harris, whose broad practice includes cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes, and litigator Henry Stewart. The department also features consultant John Brown, who was previously the head of the law of the sea group at the UK Hydrographic Office. In addition, independent consultant Tim Daniel has extensive experience of international arbitration proceedings under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules.

Practice head(s):

James Maton  

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Consultant John Brown is very personable, responsive and a great team player.

John Brown is excellent to work with, very knowledgable and willing to engage in different activities – a really great individual to work with.

John Brown is at the core of the public international law team. With his prior background working in the government and military, he really understands the clients.

Key clients

Maritime Heritage Foundation

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Government of the Republic of Maldives

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Government of Turks & Caicos Islands

Government of Qatar

Tekfen İnşaat ve Tesisat A Ş

TML İnşaat A Ş

Work highlights

  • Representing Odyssey Marine Exploration in an UNCITRAL arbitration, brought under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, against Mexico.
  • Ongoing advice to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government on claims for the recovery of land and money from parties involved in corrupt practices/fraud.
  • Acted for The Government of Maldives in delimitation of maritime boundaries and continental shelf matters, in response to claims from Mauritius’ government.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP advises biotech and specialised pharmaceutical companies. It often takes on roles opposite 'big pharma' companies and is therefore able to handle licensing and disposals work without conflict issues. Transactional expertise makes up a core component of the team's work, with the group advising on corporate and financing work in the sector from London. John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire lead the City team and have experience working on complex and novel collaboration and partnership agreements. The group is well-placed to handle cross-jurisdictional matters, drawing on the firm's notably strong US life sciences capabilities, and has a strong team of industry-focused practitioners across its IP, employment and tax groups.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Maguire; John Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Rosen

Testimonials

‘Nicola Maguire provides very good broad, pragmatic advice and is always ready to help.’

‘Cooley has a huge depth of life sciences experience and the Cooley team support us across several key aspects of our business. The deep experience they bring enables them to find really creative solutions to challenges we face.’

‘The London office is distinctive in its deep experience of supporting life sciences clients, allowing a consistent, informed approach at all stages of projects and engagement with internal stakeholders. They are natural and creative problem solvers, informed by a wealth of experience in life sciences and biotech.’

‘Nicola Maguire brought a deep understanding of a biotech’s needs and considerations during our first cross-border acquisition. Strong commercial sense and advice informed by extensive experience working alongside leading life science companies, and sound industry knowledge of the dynamic biopharma landscape.’

‘Takes a holistic view of our business, and genuinely invested in supporting our continuing growth.’

‘Fantastic technical knowledge and understanding of our business enabling them to make solid recommendations on creative solutions that work for all parties.’

Key clients

Bavarian Nordic

Immunocore

Adrestia Therapeutics Limited

Silence Therapeutics

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI)

Hummingbird Bioscience

Autolus Therapeutics

Bicycle Therapeutics

Syneos Health

Artios

Work highlights

  • Advised Adrestia Therapeutics Limited on a multi-project discovery collaboration with GSK that involved the pharmaceutical giant using Adrestia’s disease rebalancing platform to discover and validate novel disease rebalancing therapeutic and/or diagnostic targets in up to five collaborative projects.
  • Advised Silence Therapeutics on a strategic collaboration with AstraZeneca to discover, develop and commercialise small interfering RNA therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular, renal, metabolic and respiratory diseases.
  • Advised the late-stage biotechnology company Immunocore on a dual track process to determine whether to proceed with a Nasdaq listing or SPAC (merger with a special purpose acquisition company listed on Nasdaq). Immunocore commenced initial negotiations with a SPAC but ultimately the transaction resulted in a $273 million IPO and listing on Nasdaq.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP advises clients from the life sciences, technology, cosmetics and consumer products industries on compliance and liability matters. Its team has considerable experience in the full scope of product liability work, offering support in product liability litigation, B2B disputes, product safety and regulatory compliance issues, and international product recalls. The practice is led by the highly regarded Rod Freeman, who has longstanding experience in contentious matters. Sascha Grimm is well versed in crisis management and contentious cases. Special counsel Claire Temple has a particular focus on advising technology sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Rod Freeman 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Cooley team is unique because of its full lifecycle view and understanding of how issues arise and how stakeholders see them, and consequently its ability to partner with clients to drive best outcomes, when and if conflict arises. The Cooley team has unparalleled deep regulatory and legal expertise, and the way they relate to issues and clients sets them apart from all other firms.’

‘Rod Freeman is in a class of his own. He is a recognised global regulatory and legal expert, but it is his deep commitment to clients and their objectives that truly distinguishes him. Rod has also curated a team of bright, engaged lawyers who, as an ensemble or as individuals, are expert, responsive and outcome-oriented.’

‘Cooley is the kind of firm that takes its time to get to know its clients. It is amazing to find a law firm that is well versed in so many different areas of the law that impact our business; it is even better to find a firm that is dedicated to keeping us one step ahead. The individuals at Cooley take their expertise and knowledge and build out processes and flows for their clients. It is much more than giving advice and leaving a client to sort out the information for themselves. They build up their clients, ensuring their success.’

‘The individuals we work with seem like a family, not just a firm looking for billable hours. If anyone is ever unsure about a question they try very hard to connect you with someone that can help, whether that person is inside the firm or outside of it. Whenever we have an emergency they are right there as if they work full time at our company. They will pull together training and format it in a way that fits our company and how we learn. I have never seen this response rate and ability to get the information we need quickly and efficiently from a firm before.’

‘A collaborative global team with great people.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Claire Temple is fantastic to work with.’

‘A team with vast experience and a global perspective on product safety and compliance, with an extensive network.’

‘Rod Freeman and Claire Temple are effective in their communication, being clear and straight to the point. This, in combination with their deep specialised knowledge and vast expertise, makes them an excellent team to work with.’

Key clients

Whirlpool

ACCO Brands

Shimano

Stanley Black & Decker

Polaris

Work highlights

  • Acting as the sole legal representative for Whirlpool in the Grenfell Public Inquiry, as well as representing the client in relation to all related regulatory and litigation issues.
  • Acting as international co-ordinating counsel for a complex, multi-jurisdictional global product modification programme for Foshan Midea Carrier Air-Conditioning Equipment.
  • Acting as sole counsel on Whirlpool’s long-running and significant tumble dryer corrective action campaign, which remains one of the most prominent product recalls in the UK.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

With a strong focus on the technology sector, Cooley (UK) LLP specialises in commercial transactions, fundraising rounds and investments. It is also well-equipped to advise clients on GDPR compliance, procurement, licensing and joint ventures, particularly in relation to the use of innovative technology such as fintech, insurtech and medtech. Chris Coulter leads the team, and boasts a wealth of experience in technology, IP, data and cybersecurity law. Associate Amy Collins is also a key name to note, given her work for a variety of start-ups and growth stage companies in relation to all of their regulatory and commercial matters.  Leo Spicer-Phelps stands out for his strength in data privacy and software licensing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Chris Coulter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Cooley have been incredibly collaborative. It always feel like they put the time into really understanding our business and work as a real partner to deliver what we’re looking for. The team are so knowledgeable but they combine that with great communication, I never doubt that they understand the problem and that I can trust their approach.’

‘Amy Collins consistently goes the extra mile for her clients and provides very high quality drafting and well reasoned arguments to support her negotiations.’

‘They really care about your business and often think about the implications of decisions far beyond the legal area. They are incredibly commercially minded. They are very responsive and can turn work around that always matches the required timescale.’

‘Chris Coulter has been remarkably caring about our business and has gone far beyond our expectations in terms of accommodating our legal needs and financial ability. Chris is very commercially minded and has provided outstanding legal and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Babylon Healthcare Services Limited

Be For Beauty

Bottomline Technologies Limited

Lumeon

DocuSign

Elliptic Enterprises Limited

FaceApp, Inc.

Gravity Sketch

Humio

Kheiron Medical Technologies

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited

NerdWallet

Nuvo Prime

ShieldPay

Snap

Splice Machines Inc.

Snyk

Vault Platform

Universal Quantum Ltd

Wippit Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Danish  Humio on a global OEM agreement with IBM Corporation, whereby IBM will include Humio in the IBM Edge ecosystem, and the IBM Cloud.
  • Advised Snyk in relation to three separate matters in the past year, including its $200m Series D financing, which made them the UK’s latest unicorn, with a valuation in excess of $2.5bn.
  • Advised Universal Quantum on the negotiation and preparation of a Collaboration Agreement relating to the development, standardisation and commercialisation of quantum computers.

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

Claire Keast-Butler leads Cooley (UK) LLP's capital markets practice, which advises issuers and underwriters on ECM transactions involving disruptive industries, notably the technology and life sciences sectors. US-qualified partner David Boles is the other key figure in the team, which had a strong flow of work in 2020, including advising European issuers on IPOs and dual listings in the US. Highlights included acting for the underwriters, led by Cowen & Company, on the $127.5m IPO and NASDAQ listing of Compass Pathways. In addition, Boles led advice to the founders and senior management of a Euronext Amsterdam listed technology company on a €693m accelerated bookbuild transaction.

Practice head(s):

Claire Keast-Butler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very responsive and knowledgeable team. Good at cross-border securities work.’

Claire Keast-Butler is very proactive and helpful.’

As a general observation, Cooley is a bit of the new kid on the block in European equity transactions but has successfully leveraged on its #1 position in tech and life science IPOs in the U.S. market in order to establish itself as the leading firm helping European companies access the U.S. capital markets through U.S.-registered offerings.’

Key clients

Wizz Air Holdings Plc

RenalytixAI

Immunocore

Silence Therapeutics

Autolus Therapeutics plc

Bicycle Therapeutics plc

Berenberg

Cowen & Company

Jefferies Group

J.P. Morgan

Endava plc

Bavarian Nordic

Scancell

Zealand Pharma

Pharming

MaxCyte

Work highlights

  • Advised Cowen & Company as the underwriters on the $244.8m public offering of American Depositary Shares by Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, a leader in cell therapy to treat cancer.
  • Advised late-stage biotechnology company Immunocore, LLC, on a $273m IPO and listing on NASDAQ.
  • Advised RenalytixAI, an AI enabled diagnostics company, on its $85m global offering and dual listing on NASDAQ.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

Praised by clients for its 'broad bench of high quality practitioners', Cooley (UK) LLP handles a varied mix of corporate transactions for clients in the technology, life sciences, consumer goods, education and media sectors. The group is especially strong in the fast-growth medtech and life sciences arena, where practice head Stephen Rosen steers the team on complex cross-border deals. Michal Berkner, who is is dual qualified in New York and England & Wales, also regularly leads on public & private M&A – including SPAC combinations – for the firm's impressive tech and life sciences client base. David Bresnick has a strong tech practice and also represents major retailers, while Ben Shribman – who joined from Jones Day in early 2020 – is noted for his capabilities in private equity and VC-backed deals. London managing partner Justin Stock is also a highly regarded corporate practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rosen

Testimonials

‘Cooley has a very broad senior team and a very strong bench. Senior partners across multiple specialties are available at short notice and around the clock and the associates are excellent and tireless.’

‘Everyone is smart, completely focused on and committed to the client, know what they don’t know, and work incredibly hard.’

‘Very commercial. Experienced with all aspects to support PE businesses, from commercial, employment, and M&A.’

‘Stephen Rosen epitomises the Cooley approach. Very humble but incredibly experienced. Understands the commercial side completely and looks for the best way for the company, rather than just their fees.’

‘Very broad bench of high quality practitioners.’

‘High level of expertise, great advice along the way, just totally competent.’

‘I have concluded several MBOs and exits with Stephen Rosen and he is the best I have dealt with.’

‘The Cooley M&A team is responsive to the client in all ways. They set and meet appropriate timelines with counterparties, communicate effectively with my team and react effectively to deal issues that need navigating. The collaboration between practice areas is particularly impressive.’

Key clients

DocuSign

Humio

Decibel

Brandwatch

Brainlabs

ICS Learn (International Correspondence Schools)

Snyk

Splice Machines Inc.

Thras.io

Snap Inc.

Teneo

IRIS Software

Syneos Health

Bottomline Technologies

Primary Capital

Battery Ventures

NerdWallet

WeGotPop

Anchiano Therapeutics Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Brandwatch on its sale to Cision.
  • Advised cloud log management startup Humio in connection with its sale to security company CrowdStrike.
  • Advised Snyk in respect to its acquisition of DeepCode, a Swiss provider of real-time semantic code analysis.

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

Cooley (UK) LLP bolstered its London private equity team in 2020 with the hire of  Ben Shribman from Jones Day , further adding to the team's expertise in transactions in the technology sector. Beyond tech, the team is active in sectors including retail, sports, and hospitality, acting for UK PE houses as well as drawing on its links with the US to advise US-based funds. Stephen Rosen leads the team and, in addition to acting for sponsors, also advises on the management side of transactions, particularly for VC-funded companies.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rosen

Testimonials

‘Ben Shribman is super knowledgeable, calm in a storm and holds your hand through the whole process; in most cases winning over the client on the other side too. Because they have a brilliant VC practice they can straddle the track. They get growth style PE in a way that many without VC credentials don’t or can’t.’

‘Ben Shribman is the go to for me. Hard working, straight down the line dealmaker. He pays for his fees many times over with practical foresight of how the legals will affect our ability to manage the business post close.’

‘A huge amount of experience in the team in managing these type of transactions. They know and have worked with all of the PE companies, advisors, and private companies and as such have good working relationships and a great reputation. They are also very commercially focused and know when to push and when not to, what’s a risk and what’s not etc. To be honest there is no one else that comes close to Cooley.’

‘Stephen Rosen is honest, trustworthy and completely focused on getting the best result possible for you. He highlights risks ahead of time, ensures the wider team are all on the same page and aligned. He explains clauses in layman’s terms where necessary and will give his professional opinion as to whether it’s acceptable or not when asked. Nothing ever slips through the net and the end result is better than you’d otherwise get. He’s also a very genuine good guy and a pleasure to have on your side.’

Key clients

Primary Capital

Alcuin Capital

Bowmark Capital

GIC

Burda Principal Investments

Brandwatch

ContentSquare

VJ Technology

Carrick Capital

Management team of Calypso

Horizon Capital

Battery Ventures

Astra Capital Management

Management Team of CSL

Teneo Holdings

ICS Learn

Pizza Hut Restaurants UK

WeGotPOP

Work highlights

  • Advised Primary Capital in connection with its significant investment in Sigma Sports, the UK’s leading premium omni-channel retailer of cycling equipment.
  • Advised Burda Principal Investments (BPI) on the sale of Notonthehighstreet.com (NOTHS) to Great Hill Partners and BPI’s reinvestment of proceeds alongside Great Hill for £150 million.
  • Advised the management team of Calypso Technology, Inc. on its sale to Thoma Bravo, a leading private equity investment firm focused on the software and technology-enabled services sectors, from international private equity group Bridgepoint and global growth investor Summit Partners for $3.75 billion.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 3

The 'rock solid' team at Cooley (UK) LLP 'knows the venture business inside out' and is well-placed to provide 'commercial and result-oriented advice' to investors and investees throughout the funding lifecycle. Able to draw from the resources and knowledge of the firm's market-leading US offering and US capabilities on the ground in London, the firm excels at handling cross-border deals and advising US-based investors. US-qualified partner Ryan Naftulin excels at advising on mandates involving a strong transatlantic component, and co-heads the team alongside Aaron Archer, who provides advice to investors and venture-backed companies in the life sciences and disruptive technology space. Notably, Archer was also recently selected to advise the government on the establishment of the Future Fund.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Naftulin; Aaron Archer

Other key lawyers:

Tom Goodman; Eric Davison

Testimonials

The firm is rock solid and knows the venture business inside out, executing deals fast and very transparently.

The team provides commercial and result-oriented advice.’

Aaron Archer is emerging as the lawyer to beat in venture tech. He’s always on the ball and intensely focused on delivering results for his clients.’

Key clients

General Catalyst

Accel

Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)

Andreessen Horowitz

Snyk

Wagestream

Humio

Decibel

Ogury

Burda Principal Investments

Felix Capital

Hoxton Ventures

LocalGlobe

Stride VC

Immunocore

Lumeon

Cledara

Rem3dy Health

Unmind

WeGift

Work highlights

  • Advised co-leads Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst and participant Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in connection with investments in Hopin.
  • Acted for Snyk on its $300m Series E financing round, having previously represented the client in connection with its Series D financing round worth $180m.
  • Advised Bain Capital Ventures as lead investor in recurring payment platform GoCardless’ $95m financing round.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

At Cooley (UK) LLP, Chris Coulter focuses on technology transactions and data and cybersecurity mandates. Managing partner Justin Stock also contributes to the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

The contentious insurance team at Cooley (UK) LLP acts for insurers and reinsurers on a range of domestic disputes, as well as international insurance matters, including professional indemnity, D&O, product liability and business interruption claims. Practice head and ‘great negotiatorMark Everiss has a broad practice that also includes cyber claims and warranty and indemnity disputes. David Kendall continues to provide ‘pragmatic advice’ to clients as a senior counsel, while Richard Hopley and Sam Tacey are key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Everiss

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mark Everiss is technically very skilled, fast in responses and a great negotiator.’

‘Cooley’s insurance and reinsurance litigation team has swooped in to provide advice and guidance on a number of international matters for us. We bring them the weird and wonderful Lloyds of London disputes and they put together the right team even if it means pulling from different international offices. They are a real tool in the arsenal.’

‘David Kendall – responsive and provides pragmatic advice.’

‘The team is highly skilled and knowledgeable about the workings of the Lloyds market.’

Key clients

Lloyd’s Market Association (the LMA)

MMI

Ambridge Partners

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited

Equitas

Hiscox

FM Global

OTM Insurance Specialists LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited (MMI) on its ability to recover UK EL claims on its reinsurance programme covering the period 1950-1990 and the way in which it should seek to recover these claims.
  • Acting for Texas broker OTM, applied to the High Court for an emergency injunction to restrain UK broker Basil Fry for acting in breach of a restrictive covenant.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP’s multidisciplinary practice is led by Mark Everiss, who is well-versed in insurance and reinsurance policy wording, coverage advice and dispute resolution. He also acts for clients operating in the insurtech space. Everiss is supported by senior counsel David Kendall, whose work includes advice on Brexit-related issues and insurance underwriting. Richard Hopley, who is experienced in the restructuring of insurance and reinsurance portfolios, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Everiss

Key clients

The Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA)

Municipal Mutual Insurance (MMI)

The Mediterranean Insurance and Reinsurance Company Limited (Med Re)

Ambridge Partners

FM Global

Work highlights

  • Advising the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) on the impact of Brexit on its members (all of the syndicates) and Lloyd’s and formulating ways of addressing the problems presented by the UK’s exit from the EU.
  • Advising Rollings Butt, the administrators of Med Re, an insolvent reinsurance company, in relation to all insurance/reinsurance matters arising from the insolvency.
  • Advised Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd (MMI) on its ability to recover UK employers’ liability claims on its reinsurance programme covering the period 1950-1990, and the way in which it should seek to recover these claims.

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

Cooley (UK) LLP is known for representing senior-level company managers and employees as both suspects and witnesses at all stages of high-profile fraud investigations and prosecutions. The group’s recent workload reveals its strength in advising witnesses with respect to compelled interviews conducted by the SFO in accordance with Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987. The team is also able to rely upon the firm’s presence in the US for cross-border issues in the financial and energy industries, as well as mandates in the firm’s traditional sectors of strength including the life sciences and technology industries. Department head Tom Epps is ‘a very experienced and resourceful lawyer with a particularly amiable and calm approach to complex issues’. Following her arrival from Brown Rudnick LLP in the spring of 2020, senior associate Marie Kavanagh has quickly gained clients' praise due to her ‘excellent’ client care skills.

Practice head(s):

Tom Epps 

Other key lawyers:

Marie Kavanagh; Ben Sharrock; Oliver McGlashan

Testimonials

‘Very amiable staff that is more focused on efficiency rather than office grandeur. The white-collar team led by Tom Epps is excellent in providing appropriate advice. Cooley has a stated aim of being the go-to firm for complex high-profile cases involving senior individuals at global organisations. They have a track record in representing clients in exposed industries like financial services, energy and others.’

‘Absolutely first-class, highly experienced, incredibly detailed and easy to work with.’

‘I liked the preparation, as well as the meticulous and in-depth as well as overall empathetic (it was a fairly stressful situation) but yet assertive approach.’

‘Tom Epps is a very experienced and resourceful lawyer with a particularly amiable and calm approach to complex issues. He is well-versed in the workings of the law. Tom is ably assisted by associate Ben Sharrock who is an excellent researcher and supporting aid to Tom.’

‘Tom is a standout star in this field. He considers every angle and ensures the very best results for his clients. His commitment is total.’

‘Tom Epps and Marie Kavanagh stand out. Superb guidance. Their responsiveness, meticulousness, ability to quickly zero-in on the facts and calmness under pressure all proved essential.’

‘Marie Kavanagh is an associate who is hardworking, clever, sensible, and has great judgement. Her client care skills are also excellent.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

The commercial litigation team at Cooley (UK) LLP is particularly strong for life sciences and technology sector disputes. Practice head James Maton handles a range of commercial, contractual, product liability and public international law issues, Laurence Harris and Kevin Perry have a breadth of experience in cross-border disputes while Henry Stewart is noted for contractual disputes and asset recovery work and Sascha Grimm for reputation management disputes. Mark Deem joined Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Maton

Key clients

IQVIA Healthcare

Tata Steel

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited (MMI)

Ambridge

Hiscox

Work highlights

  • Representing IQVIA, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development services, in its dispute with Cardiorentis, a Swiss pharma company that engaged IQVIA to conduct an enormous global clinical trial (excess of 23 countries) to test its primary product – a heart failure treatment.
  • Advised Municipal Mutual Insurance on its ability to recover UK EL claims on its reinsurance programme covering the period 1950-1990 and the way in which it should seek to recover these claims
  • Representing Tata Steel UK Limited in proceedings against Motherwell Bridge Limited for the defective construction of a large gasholder at the Port Talbot Steelworks, which caused intermittent issues requiring the gasholder to be taken out of service and the import of natural gas to the steelworks.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP is noted for its expertise with the life sciences and technology sectors, often for companies with a presence in both the UK and US. Paula Holland works at the helm and is well versed in share incentive regulations, as well as advising on the share scheme aspects of M&A, IPOs and SPACs. This has also involved advising entrepreneurs from the aforementioned sectors on the growth of startups and emerging companies, venture capital investments and exits. She is supported by associates Nicola Squire and Samuel Marriot, both of which share the same focus.

Practice head(s):

Paula Holland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Paula Holland is very responsive, knows her stuff, is commercial, and gives helpful suggestions.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable about the UK legal requirements relating to employee share schemes. In particular, they have an exceptional grasp of the interplay of UK and US requirements/practices. This is very important for us with our parent company (of which I am general counsel) based in the US and a significant operating subsidiary in the UK.’

‘They also have great experience working with pharma/biotech companies like ours.’

‘Paula Holland has deep insight into legal requirements, practices and related matters. In addition, my team is based on the west coast of the US and she makes herself available at all hours (even very late her time). She is also very quick to prepare and deliver work product to us. ‘

‘Cooley are very start up focused with a huge amount of experience in fast growth venture funded businesses who upscale their teams aggressively. They have a global reach with local experts on hand to help with individual and specific market needs as well which is great for us as we are trading across both the EU and USA.’

‘Our Partners and associates at Cooley are professional, efficient and smart. They care about our business and our future and it shows. Specifically for Employment matters we have had exemplary support from Nicola Squire and Paula Holland.’

 

Key clients

DocuSign

Immunocore Holdings Plc

Renalytix AI Plc

Babylon Health

Bicycle Therapeutics Plc

Silence Therapeutics Plc

Sketch BV

WeGotPop Limited

Syneos Health

Snyk

Volta Trucks AB

PhonePe

HG Insights

Lastline

InstilBio

Asana

Verici DX plc

Luna Innovations

Work highlights

  • Advised DocuSign on the remuneration aspects of its acquisition of Seal Software.
  • Assisted filmtech startup WeGotPop with its acquisition by Entertainment Partners, owned by TGP Capital.
  • Advised Immunocore on UK and US issues arising under multiple option and growth share arrangements in the context of its pre-IPO reorganisation.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP provides fraud assistance covering corruption, investigations and asset recovery, representing clients from the public and private sectors. The practice handles advisory and litigation support in a range of civil recovery and criminal proceedings, as well as being known for assisting sovereign states in the investigation of corruption and recovery of lost assets. James Maton leads the team and specialises in fraud and asset recovery cases.

Practice head(s):

James Maton

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Harris; Mark Everiss

Testimonials

‘The Cooley team has unique experience in the areas of corruption-related civil asset recovery.’

‘Top-notch experts in the area of civil fraud and asset recovery – they bring to bear years of experience representing governments and government-owned enterprises in successful recovery cases.’

Key clients

Allergy Therapeutics

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited (in Administration)

Work highlights

  • Represents the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands in numerous ongoing civil recovery cases and has done for a number of years. Ongoing matters include a long running dispute involving the transfer of over 1,000 acres of undeveloped land on one of the Islands to a development company in breach of fiduciary duty by the then Ministers involved.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 6

Cooley (UK) LLP has a broad client offering in the private equity and capital markets space, as well as displaying particular strength in the life sciences and technology sectors. Natasha Kaye heads up the practice and advises on a range of transactions, including cross-border and domestic M&A, equity capital markets transactions and reorganisations. David Wilson is 'extremely bright' and 'well respected', with particular expertise in the life sciences space.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Cooley is clearly a tight-knit, collegiate firm with a strong sense of team, and lawyers who enjoy working with clients and each other on challenging, transformative opportunities. The tax team interacts seamlessly with other Cooley functions, offering an integrated perspective and deeply informed perspective for clients. They are natural problem solvers, highly motivated in partnering with clients on complex matters, and always retain a client-centric commercial outlook.’

David Wilson (Partner, Tax): effortless ability in translating complex cross-border tax and restructuring matters to informed, succinct, and pragmatic guidance, in the face of pressing time constraints. Extremely bright tax counsel who is meticulously researched for every discussion, and always appreciates the life sciences angle. Well-respected and tactful negotiator with opposing counsel which greatly streamlined our overall engagement.’

Key clients

Pizza Hut Restaurants UK

Snyk

Immunocore Holdings plc

Bicycle Therapeutics plc

Primary Capital

Battery Ventures

Endava plc

IRIS Capital

Thras.io

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Jeffries

Teneo Business Consulting

Vir Biotechnology

Omaze

Eliem Therapeutics

Syneos Health

Work highlights

  • Advised Pizza Hut Restaurants UK in connection with various tax issues arising out of its restructuring.
  • Advised Snyk on a Series D financing (raising $200m, on a company valuation of $2.6bn), as well as the the acquisition of DeepCode AG, a cutting-edge Swiss AI/tech business.
  • Advised late-stage biotechnology UK company Immunocore on its $312.1m aggregate financing.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Cooley (UK) LLP's London team is experienced in representing sovereigns and investors in disputes, acting for insurers and reinsurers in claims, and handling life sciences and technology-related matters. The practice of UK disputes head James Maton includes disputes between sovereign states and investors, while Mark Everiss' cases cover third party liability, product liability, reinsurance, and warranty and indemnity claims; and Laurence Harris acts in proceedings under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules. Special counsel Sam Tacey's practice also includes arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

James Maton

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Bursel Tekstil Sanayi Ve Diş Ticaret

Tekfen İnşaat ve Tesisat

TML İnşaat

Work highlights

  • Acted for Municipal Mutual Insurance in its attempt to recover UK employers’ liability claims on its reinsurance programme (covering the period 1950-1990).
  • Representing Odyssey Marine Exploration in an arbitration, brought under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, against Mexico (UNCITRAL Rules).
  • Representing Turkish company Bursel Tekstil Sanayi Ve Diş Ticaret and individuals in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Cooley (UK) LLP's employment team in London, fronted by Ann Bevitt, demonstrates noteworthy strengths in the life sciences and tech sectors. The employment aspects of corporate transactions, reputational risk issues, litigation, and data protection work are key areas of strength. In recent news, the 'truly exceptional' Chris Stack was promoted to partner in December 2020. 

Practice head(s):

Ann Bevitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Cooley understands our business context so well, we can transition between corporate and employment law seamlessly. When we are looking for solutions to our challenges they are clear and concise, helping us to understand the legal and practical risks and implications of our choices. This might sound basic but I have not experienced any other law firm do this as well as Cooley do!

The team stands out for its support with complex employment issues, from navigating the pandemic to complex individual situations. They are candid, warm and great at helping us think through our options. I am confident coming out of a conversation with either of them that they will have asked the right questions to fully understand a situation and to help us navigate it. Plus they are both a delight to work with!

The team is what makes Cooley unique. The personal touch, the familiarity and the genuine relationships they have built with us over the years make them not only trusted for their legal expertise, but comfortable and easy to approach and consult with.’

Chris Stack has been our main contact for many years, and is always happy to help with queries large or small. He is friendly, personable and professional and has certainly been a great support to me and to our business over the years.’

Cooley is incredibly responsive to our needs and their advice and guidance is of exceptional quality. The partners and associates we work with are wonderful to work with despite the circumstances we often need their assistance with being less than enjoyable. I wholeheartedly recommend Cooley for their work.’

Chris Stack is truly exceptional, always helpful and willing to jump on a quick call or provide more in-depth support throughout any employee issues we have.’

I like their direct approach, availability, responsiveness.’

I appreciate they deliver always detailed information under request. They explain in detail the problem, possible solutions. They give examples, additional information. It’s very useful when you are not an expert and trying to make important decisions.’

Key clients

VJ Technology

Precisely

Interfolio

Sketch

Fuze

The firm: Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. The firm is one of the leading law firms in the world for technology and life sciences companies and their investors with 1,300+ lawyers across 17 offices in the United States, Asia and Europe. Cooley is committed to fighting systemic racism, bias and injustice.

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

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 and 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. We regularly represent foreign private issuers (FPI) in both transactional and day-to-day legal matters, enabling us to be strategic advisors to both seasoned and newly public companies in the US and throughout the globe.

Commercial litigation and 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 and 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.

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.

Emerging Companies: Cooley works with startups to launch dynamic new ventures and take them forward. We have 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. The London office has deep experience of advising both investors and companies on venture capital financings involving high growth disruptive companies and is regularly involved in the most high profile venture deals in the UK and Europe. The team also advises numerous companies as general corporate counsel on all stages of a company’s lifecycle.

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 non-compete 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 and 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 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. The firm advises on highly complex alliances and joint ventures, co-promotional and co-marketing and distribution and supply agreements.

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 and 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.

White Collar Crime: Our 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
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Aaron Archer  photo Aaron Archer Aaron Archer is a partner in the emerging companies and venture practice…
Michal Berkner  photo Michal Berkner Michal Berkner is a partner in Cooley’s London office, where she leads…
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.…
Mark Everiss  photo Mark Everiss Mark Everiss is a partner in Cooley’s London office and focuses on…
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 : 29
Number of other UK fee-earners : 78
Total staff figures in London : 220
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The Lex 100 Verdict

‘Forward-looking’ Cooley has an ‘exciting client base, especially when it comes to emerging companies’. A ‘relative newcomer to the London market’, the US firm has demonstrated ‘rapid international growth’ and boasts a ‘vibrant culture’ complete with ‘approachable associates and partners’. Indeed ‘no matter how busy people are, they are mindful of how they communicate with you’. The ‘quality of work given to junior lawyers’ was highly praised and the firm is a Lex 100 Winner for its impressive salary. A small intake means that trainees are ‘better known in the office’ and receive more client contact, although the training is described as ‘slightly less structured’ than at larger firms. Cooley’s diversity initiatives deserve a special mention; they are ‘genuine and deeply thought through’. The work/life balance ‘could be better’ though; ‘sometimes work can carry on late into the evenings and, although rarely, on weekends too’. Recruits cited ‘the feeling of making a mistake and letting people down’ and ‘feeling overwhelmed during a transaction due to time pressures’ as some of the lowest points of their training so far. Thankfully, ‘closing a crossover funding round in record time, during which I was given a good amount of responsibility’ and ‘taking the lead on a multi-party pro bono matter’ are compensations. Elaborating on the pro bono offering, trainees spoke of a ‘plethora of opportunities’, the quality of which is ‘phenomenal’. Whilst recruits have ‘missed out on the more natural training you get from being in an office environment’, at least the ‘move to remote working has been as smooth as it could be in the circumstances’. To work with an ‘innovative clientele’, consider Cooley.