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Cooley (UK) LLP

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IT and telecoms Tier 2

As well as traditional technology work, Cooley (UK) LLP handles a range of matters related to AI, blockchain, data management and data privacy. The full service firm has particular expertise acting for emerging technology clients and advising on cross-border work. Practice head Chris Coulter advises on technology, data, cybersecurity, contract and intellectual property issues. At the associate level, Amy Collins handles commercial and non-contentious technology and data privacy matters, as well as outsourcing, procurement and licensing issues; and Leo Spicer-Phelps advises on consumer law, acquisitions, data privacy and software licensing mandates.

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Babylon Healthcare Services Limited

Bottomline Technologies Limited


Clearmatics Technologies Limited


Dstbtd Limited

Elliptic Enterprises Limited

FaceApp, Inc.


Genus Technologies Ltd

Gravity Sketch Limited

Groupmove Ltd

Humio Limited

Johnson Controls

Kheiron Medical Technologies

Lilt, Inc.

Product liability: defendant Tier 2

The team at Cooley (UK) LLP has notable expertise in regulated sectors, including the life sciences, technology, cosmetics and consumer products fields. Clients instruct the group on reviewing the designs of products and the team also advises on launches, regulatory risks, compliance issues and sensitive product liability claims. Practice head Rod Freeman has an excellent market reputation; he is also well versed in protecting the reputation of brands. Sascha Grimm combines experience in regulatory investigations and civil litigation, while associate Sarah-Jane Dobson has a biomedical degree. The practice was further enhanced by the arrival of special counsel Claire Temple, who joined in late 2018.

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Strong, well-connected global practice group which is seamlessly connected with other experts.’

The team is well rounded, sophisticated, nimble, and attentive.

The individuals are very client-oriented, deeply knowledgeable about global practices, have a vast depth of experience, and are just plain fun to work with.

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Kids II

Acco Brands


Stanley Black & Decker



Spin Master

Step 2


Public international law Tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'highly experienced team deals with some of the largest multinationals in the context of international treaties, regulatory law and EU law. ' The group works across a broad spectrum of PIL matters, including investment treaty and international trade disputes and advisory work; Law of the Sea mandates on behalf of multiple states; issues of state responsibility in areas of high regional contention; and international asset recoveries. The experience of London litigation and PIL head James Maton includes advising governments on a range of PIL issues, and acting in proceedings seeking to trace, freeze and recover corruptly acquired assets. Also key to the group are vice-chair of the litigation department Laurence Harris; independent consultant Tim Daniel, who represents states before the ICJ in the Hague in boundary disputes and international arbitration proceedings; and consultant John Brown, who was previously the head of the law of the sea group at the UK Hydrographic Office.

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‘John Brown stands out at the core of the public international law team. With his prior background working in the government and military, he brings very important understanding of the clients.’

‘Highly commercially experienced team, dealing with some of the largest multinationals in the context of international treaties, regulatory law and EU law.’

‘The team at Cooley (UK)LLP has been fantastic in their work with us. Throughout our continued engagement with them, it has become clear to us that Cooley LLP stands out among the rest in their absolute commitment to the tasks that we engage them with and their determination to provide us with a result that is always constructive and useful. In this sense, their resourcefulness in Public International Law matters is incomparable to other firms. Furthermore, their accuracy and practicable skills in lawyering and matter’ management remains to be a standard above the rest and a threshold for others to meet.’

‘Throughout our engagement with Cooley LLP, we have worked with John Brown and James Maton hand-in-hand on Public International Law matters. In detail, John Brown’s expertise has shown through his constant engagement with our matters even after office hours and across time-zones. More importantly, John’s continued offering of clearly structured advice has been essential to our work and tantamount to our successes. James’ qualities stand out in his analytical prowess in being able to peer into our matters and offer advice that is considerate of the multi-faceted nature of our work, with careful consideration for both the practical and purely legal elements of said work. Together, they are an invaluable team that offer legal advice that can be relied on as the backbone of an organisation’s agendas and plans.’

Key clients

Maritime Heritage Foundation

Odyssey Marine Exploration Ltd

West African Aquaculture Ltd.

Government of the Republic of Liberia

Government of the Republic of Maldives

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Government of the Cook Islands

Government of Turks & Caicos Islands

Government of Qatar

TMT Tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP acts for established international tech companies and emerging UK companies on a range of matters. The firm’s experience includes M&A transactions, finance, blockchain and GDPR advice. Notable in the area are Chris Coulter, who focuses on technology, data, cyber security and intellectual property issues; and Justin Stock, who has expertise in M&A, corporate finance and private equity.

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FaceApp, Inc.


Genus Technologies Ltd

Nativo, Inc.

Odeon UCI

Research Innovations, Ltd

Rockley Photonics Limited

Syncsort Incorporated

Unmind Limited

Zoom Video Communications

Bottomline Technologies Limited


Clearmatics Technologies Limited

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

The white-collar defence and investigations team at Cooley (UK) LLP has been bolstered by the 2019 arrival of Tom Epps, as new head of team, from Brown Rudnick LLP. With experience gained in a plethora of high-profile cases, including a number of current SFO prosecutions, Epps handles a range of business crime issues and regulatory investigations. The team acts for suspects, whistle-blowers and witnesses across a variety of sectors, including energy, pharmaceutical, accounting and legal, public corporations and technology. Louise Delahunty left for McCann FitzGerald.

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‘The addition of Tom Epps to lead the team shows that Cooleys are intent on building up the white-collar team’.

‘Senior partner Tom Epps brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous positions’.

‘Tom Epps has recently moved to Cooleys and is establishing himself quickly as someone who is very capable handling corporate as well as individual matters’.

‘Tom Epps is a stand-out lawyer in this field’.

‘The team are highly responsive, innovative and practical, as well as excellent lawyers’.

‘Tom Epps is the solicitor who barristers would call if they were in trouble; he is an outstanding strategist with a very great intellect’.

‘Tom Epps is very responsive and has an excellent manner with clients’.

‘Tom Epps has real emotional intelligence and is dedicated to his clients’ cause’.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP's contentious insurance practice acts for insurers and reinsurers both in the UK and abroad. Recently, the team has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and has been active in the High Court and the Supreme Court. Practice head Mark Everiss provides a 'first-class service' and handles matters ranging from cyber claims to warranty and indemnity disputes. David Kendall retired as a partner at the end of 2019, but continues to act for clients as a senior counsel. Associate Sam Tacey is also a key contact.

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‘Cooley’s insurance practice provides detailed and technical advice across all areas of insurance law. The quality of advice provided is outstanding, particularly when advising on extremely technical and complex issues across different jurisdictions.’

‘Mark Everiss always puts his client’s needs first and goes all out to provide a first class service, which stands out against other firms. Mark’s approach is very technical, but his advice is always crystal clear and practical.’

Key clients

Lloyd’s Market Association (the LMA)

Munich Re

Municipal Mutual Insurance (MMI)

RiverStone Management Limited

Ambridge Partners

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited – in Administration (Med Re)



FM Global

OTM Insurance Specialists LLC

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP advises pharma and biotech companies on a full range of corporate matters, such as acquisitions, sales and joint ventures. In addition, it fields practitioners with bank finance and capital markets expertise. Nicola Maguire and John Wilkinson, who are the joint heads of the team, assist clients with complex licensing and collaboration agreements in order to develop and commercialise drugs. They also advise on distribution and supply agreements, and related disputes. The group works closely with colleagues in the USA, Europe and elsewhere on cross-border transactions. Stephen Rosen acts for high growth companies, investors and management teams on company sales, M&A and private equity deals, and venture capital financings. Recent work included advising the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness on a partnering agreement with a biotech company over the commercialisation and funding for the development of vaccines for infectious diseases with major unmet needs.

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The depth of expertise is greatly admired. The individual partners’ diversity of knowledge and virtuosity is and should be admired industry-wide. The Cooley team’s ability to be present in the moment and focus on the challenges at hand as they were an integrated part of our team is unprecedented. Its EU and US coverage makes it an ideal partner for our company with presence in both geographies.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic, value for money, nice people to work with, real technical strength in their area as well as being good at providing advice on what is marketable or not.’

They have drive, the ability to deliver, knowledge of the sector/industry, and are easy to get hold of for discussions.’ 

Nicola Maguire is extremely knowledgeable of the life sciences/biotech industry, discreet, professional, patient and knows when to dip in and out of the project. She is accessible, approachable and really easy to work with.’

‘Associates I have worked with in the practice clearly have great drive and mentorship. They are comfortable to take a lead on workstreams and get things done.’

Key clients

Addex Therapeutics


Allergy Therapeutics

Autolus Therapeutics

Azeria Therapeutics

Bavarian Nordic

Bicycle Therapeutics

Bit Bio

Clinigen Group

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI)

CRT Pioneer Fund/Six Element Capital

DalCor Pharmaceuticals

F Star

GW Pharmaceuticals

Hummingbird BioScience

Mission Therapeutics

Pharming Group BV

Realm Therapeutics plc

Silence Therapeutics

Storm Therapeutics

Zealand Pharma

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

Cooley (UK) LLP acts on a wide range of M&A transactions for corporates, private equity houses, venture/growth capital and financial advisers, regularly advising on cross-border and domestic acquisitions, disposals, mergers, joint ventures and investments. The firm's tech and life sciences focus mean it has a strong client list in these areas, with clients also turning to the capital markets team for listings advice. Private equity specialist Ben Shribman joined the practice from Jones Day and brought with him significant experience advising strategic and financial investors. Justin Stock leads the department.

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‘In depth knowledge, high availability and pleasant to be with’

‘Michal Berkner is very energetic and competent’

‘Stephen Rosen is pleasant and very capable’

‘Excellent technology expertise gained from representing both buyers and sellers. The M&A team is a standalone function at Cooley rather than generalists who do all corporate work’

‘Justin Stock is great outside counsel. I trust him to keep deals running while also bringing up the issues that I need to focus on as in-house counsel.’

‘The Cooley team works to make the process as seamless as possible so that the client deliverables and interactions are streamlined’


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Bottomline Technologies



Primary Capital

Alcuin Capital

Bavarian Nordic A/S

Clinigen Group

Instil Bio


Therachon AG





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

Cooley (UK) LLP is able to combine transatlantic tech expertise with mid-market UK private equity links, with its hire of Ben Shribman from Jones Day in early 2020 boosting its City offering. Shribman has previously worked with clients including Inflexion and Bain Capital Credit. The wider London team advises buyout funds, tech-focused investors, and management teams on a range of transactions in the lower to upper-mid market, working with the likes of GIC and Alcuin Capital. Stephen Rosen leads the practice, and advises on a range of PE buyouts, investments, venture capital transactions, and company-side sales to funds. London managing partner Justin Stock works on portfolio company M&A and public-to-private deals.

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Primary Capital No

Alcuin Capital Yes

Bowmark Capital No


The management team of Aston Lark

The management team of Aspen Pumps




VJ Technology

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

The commercial litigation team at Cooley (UK) LLP in London is known for its 'wide experience in technology disputes' and counts life sciences and manufacturing among its other sector specialisms. James Maton (who focuses on the technology and manufacturing sectors) leads the team alongside Laurence Harris who is particularly active in cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes. The group also has strong banking litigation and product liability expertise, for which Kevin Perry and Rod Freeman are the respective contacts to note, while Mark Everiss and Richard Hopley handle insurance and reinsurance disputes.

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The team has wide experience in technology disputes understanding the problems that arise and the difficulties in evidencing them at a very practical level.

The team works fast and with precision. Very strong technically.

Mark Everiss and Mark Deem are simply outstanding in terms of quality and delivery.

Key clients


Allergy Therapeutics

Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government



Therapeutic Frontiers Limited

University of Notre Dame (USA) in England (UND)

Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K)

eBay & StubHub

Municipal Mutual Insurance (MMI)

Government of the Republic of Maldives

Tata Steel

Employee share schemes Tier 4

The compensation and benefits department at Cooley (UK) LLP demonstrates expertise in the share incentive aspects of public takeovers, UK and cross-border private acquisitions, US mergers, UK and US IPOs, schemes of arrangement, demergers, venture capital investments and private equity transactions. Head of the department Paula Holland has particular experience in employee benefits and executive compensation. The ‘exceptionalNicola Squire focuses on the establishment and operation of equity incentive plans in the UK and internationally by public and private companies.

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‘Responsive, pragmatic, value for money, nice people to work with, real technical strength in their area as well as being good at providing advice on what is market or not.’

‘Nicola Squire has been exceptionally responsive and reactive to our requests. She and the team have been great at getting us drafting and advice needed in a timely manner and I have not once been left without the advice when I needed it. They are a commercial team and provide easy to understand pragmatic advice and tips on market practice, which is also really useful. Also great at getting us local law advice globally and filtering those responses, which has made my life so much easier! I would definitely recommend working with the Cooley team.’

‘Cooley’s team are super responsive and extremely knowledgeable. They are always on hand to help us and have a wealth of experience across the board which help us to drive our goals and legal arrangements forward in the best possible way.’

‘I work at a US-based company with a UK affiliate – Cooley was able to help me with a complex employee shares issue from both a US and UK perspective. They came up with sound, creative solutions that were easily and cost effective to implement for both entities.’

‘Nicola Squire was exceptional. She’s responsive, communicates well, and delivers exceptional client service.’

Key clients

Bicycle Therapeutics PLC

The Berkeley Group PLC

Babylon Holdings Limited

Pelartion AB

RockRose Energy PLC

Bud Financial Limited

Depop Limited

IRIS Software Group

Enphase Energy, Inc.

Fastly, Inc.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Under the leadership of Mark Everiss, Cooley (UK) LLP handles a range of matters including advising on warranty and indemnity policies, handling Brexit-related policy transfers, and issues arising from insurer and reinsurer insolvencies. Everiss focuses on insurance and reinsurance policy wording and coverage disputes, while senior counsel David Kendall advises on all elements of non-contentious insurance and reinsurance matters.

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The Lloyd’s Market Association

Municipal Mutual Insurance

The Mediterranean Insurance and Reinsurance Company Limited

Ambridge Partners

FM Global

Venture capital Tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'commercial and responsive' team has gained significant market share acting for investors and investees, effectively leveraging the depth of experience the firm has in the US. The 'highly engaged and experienced' US-qualified team head Ryan Naftulin has been key to the firm's heightened profile in the market and 'leads the charge on importing US habits into the UK'. The 'personable and capable' Aaron Archer is the other partner in the team and is developing a strong following among investors and investees as a result of his ability to 'not only provide excellent legal advice, both strategically and tactically, but also to do it in a fair and holistic way'.

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‘They are starting to build a good venture practice in London, clearly have the legal & technical experience and are becoming well known in the industry being at the forefront of VC projects. It still feels like a small team in London but they are focused and effectively leverage the real depth of VC knowledge and experience they have in the US. Always commercial, responsive and quick to react.’

‘Ryan Naftulin is very commercial, pragmatic and smart. He’s seen most of it before so a wise head when you need it. Extremely responsive.’

‘Aaron Archer is a very personable and capable lawyer, commercial and responsive too.’

‘Cooley brings a strong experience set from the US and Europe – this global outlook is hugely beneficial in terms of best practices, prior experience in a multitude of situations that we face in our business financing startups. They are great people overall. They genuinely know what they’re doing.’

‘I work mostly with Aaron Archer who is a Partner on the Ventures team in the UK. He’s excellent because: a) he knows the market extremely well and is in very close touch with the startup and early-stage venture ecosystem, b) he is extremely quick in providing feedback and does so in a very commercial and practical manner c) he is diligent and very thoughtful in providing advice.’

‘Ryan Naftulin – highly engaged and experienced. Leads the charge on importing US habits into the UK.’

‘Cooley is simply the ‘go to firm’ in our industry. Their knowledge, network and pricing makes them the first firm I suggest startups speak with when they need a lawyer.’

‘Aaron Archer – fun yet professional. Startups like to have him on their side of the table.’

‘The team is at the cutting edge of thinking around the tech and healthcare space, which they own in the US and are building up rapidly in London. They have great lawyers, are quick at responding to requests, and are a valuable partner around the softer aspects of our relationship.’

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General Catalyst


Air Street Capital

Hoxton Ventures

Stride VC

MMC Ventures

Battery Ventures




Kheiron Medical Technologies



Decibel Insights




Fraud: civil Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP's team specialises in corruption investigations and asset recovery mandates. James Maton stands out for his work advising states throughout the world on asset recovery in major corruption cases, which often involve parallel civil and criminal proceedings. Laurence Harris has a wealth of experience in cross-border fraud and asset tracing.

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Allergy Therapeutics

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands

Government of Trinidad & Tobago

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited (in Administration)

International arbitration Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP's strengths cover international commercial arbitrations and arbitrations in the insurance and reinsurance arenas. James Maton heads up the London litigation team, while Mark Everiss is insurance and reinsurance practice head. The practice also fields experienced partners Laurence Harris, Kevin Perry and Henry StewartDavid Kendall retired from the partnership but remains as senior counsel.

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‘Responsive, detailed and thoughtful, this team is a trusted adviser.’

‘Mark Everiss has years of experience of resolving market issues and has a relentless eye for detail.’

‘Cooley’s attention to detail and personal service distinguishes them from all other law firms. I have found their partners and lawyers to be highly dedicated, available at all hours of the day and night to progress cases.’

‘The individuals we have partnered with at Cooley (namely Mark Everiss and David Kendall) have been highly personable but incredibly diligent professionals, who will ensure the optimal resolution is always achieved. Moreover they are honest and reliable experts who will not sugarcoat a difficult position. Their honesty and integrity is greatly admired and they bring an unparalleled experience and knowledge to each case.’

Key clients

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited (MMI)

Odyssey Marine Exploration Ltd.


Corporate tax Tier 6

The 'very approachable and practical' team at Cooley (UK) LLP has a wealth of knowledge of the life sciences and technology sectors, where it can draw on the firm's overarching expertise in private equity and capital markets transactions. The group is led by Natasha Kaye, who focuses on tax issues arising from private equity transactions. David Wilson is also recommended.

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Very approachable and practical.’

Natasha Kaye is very insightful on the deal issues and how to resolve them.’

Key clients

Bavarian Nordic A/S

Carlyle Investment Management LLC

SpotXchange/RTL Group

Endava plc

Realm Therapeutics plc

Roivant Sciences Ltd

Rockrose Energy plc

IRIS Capital Limited

Primary Capital Partners LLP

F-Star Technology Limited



Flyt Limited

Vertical Networks US LLC

Battery Ventures

Bottomline Technologies Limited

Charles River Laboratories


EU and competition Tier 7

Cooley (UK) LLP is active in matters involving the firm’s traditional lines of expertise – life sciences, media and technology. The practice focuses on merger control, investigations and commercial agreements. For EU law issues, the team can rely upon the expertise of lawyers based at the firm's newly opened office in Brussels, where practice head Alexander Israel is based. He is supported by a team of associates spread across the Belgian capital and London, including special counsel Stella Sarma, who joined the Brussels office from Latham & Watkins LLP in 2019.

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Tableau Software

Looker Data Sciences

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

TiVo Corporation


Bavarian Nordic A/S

Sazerac Company

Rockwell Automation

Racecourse Media Group

Lloyd’s Market Association

Kylie Cosmetics / Kylie Skin

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 1,100+ lawyers across 16 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.

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
Employment, privacy & data protection 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…
 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 : 28
Number of other UK fee-earners : 67
Total staff figures in London : 199
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The Lex 100 Verdict

'International' and 'forward-looking' Cooley (UK) LLP is a US-headquartered global firm with a strong tech focus and recent move the UK legal market. With 'impressive international clientele and a very collegiate and supportive environment', the firm is emerging as a favourite with trainees, particularly those looking for City-work with a small intake size and an 'inclusive feel'. With its 'fairly-flat hierarchy' and 'high levels of responsibility and high-quality work', the firm's training programme is rated very highly by current trainees. A respondent comments that 'it sounds like my training is more comprehensive and that I get more involved in deals and have better quality of work as opposed to photocopying and bundling all the time'. With the small intake comes more responsibility and attention from senior colleagues, and trainees feel that 'we get a lot more support from associates and partners than at some bigger firms'. A trainee comments that 'I haven't met anyone who's intimidating, mean, or unwilling to answer questions. The culture here is very unlike the rumours you sometimes hear about City firms'. The firm is a Lex 100 Winner for inclusivity and has a strong 'focus on diversity and wellbeing of employees, friendly and inclusive colleagues, teamwork culture, with the opportunity to be heard and seen as a trainee'. Cooley also secured a Lex 100 Winner award for financial remuneration. Drawbacks focused on the hours, 'sometimes the day goes slowly until the US offices start to wake up', and the occasional 'late night bundling'. However, trainees applaud the 'opportunity to take the initiative', the 'wide range of pro bono opportunities' and client secondments. If a US-firm salary and workload are what you are after, Cooley delivers with a personalised touch.