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Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP has particular expertise in technology and data-related advice, including the outsourcing and procurement of technology, licensing arrangements and the distribution of digital content. Chris Coulter leads the practice and is a member of the firm’s technology transactions group. He specialises in advising clients on a range of technology, data, cyber security, contract and intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):Chris Coulter

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's team has a transactional focus, supporting the firm's private equity and capital markets teams on taxation matters relating to firm-wide  key sector specialisms  in life sciences and technology. Natasha Kaye leads the practice, with expertise in private equity transactions; acting for both institutions and management teams. David Wilson, who joined the firm from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in May 2018,  has extensive experience in finance transactions, often with cross-border aspects.

Practice head(s):Natasha Kaye

Other key lawyers:David Wilson

Key Clients

Pizza Hut Restaurants UK

Clearlake Capital

Primary Capital

Orchard Therapeutics

RockRose Energy plc

23andMe

Work highlights

  • Provided the lead buy-side tax structuring advice on the management buyout (MBO) of the Pizza Hut UK business, backed by Pricoa Capital Group
  • Advised Acelity on tax aspects of transactions including its acquisition of Crawford Healthcare and its sale of a manufacturing facility to Scapa Healthcare
  • Provided tax advice to Orchard Therapeutics on its acquisition of GSK’s rare disease gene therapy portfolio
  • Advised 23andMe on an important collaboration with GSK

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is best known for its technology and life sciences sector expertise, and handles corporate M&A for clients within these areas. Much of the work is private M&A for large TMT and pharmaceuticals corporations, with the firm utilising its strong US presence in transatlantic mandates. Justin Stock is managing partner of the London office, and is most active in M&A, corporate finance and private equity matters.

Practice head(s):Justin Stock

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Able to tap into the expertise of the firm's US offices (including a significant Silicon Valley offering) as well as benefitting from practitioners based in London with UK and US expertise, Cooley (UK) LLP excels in deals that involve a transatlantic component. Recent highlights include advising Accel and General Catalyst as lead investors in UK digital bank Monzo’s £85m fund raising. As well as the firm's transactional expertise, clients also benefit from the firm's impressive IP expertise.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP advises clients on multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, asset recovery, arbitration, and commercial, contractual, product liability and public international law disputes. Clients include private companies, states, public sector bodies and individuals. James Maton and Laurence Harris head the team, in which Henry Stewart and Sascha Grimm were promoted to partner. Louise Delahunty left the firm for McCann FitzGerald.

Practice head(s):James Maton; Laurence Harris

Other key lawyers:Henry Stewart; Sascha Grimm; Tim Daniel; Rod Freeman; Tom Epps

Key Clients

Allergy Therapeutics plc

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Government of Trinidad

Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance

Work highlights

  • Representing Allergy Therapeutics Limited against Inflamax Research and three of its directors in High Court proceedings relating to a clinical trial undertaken in 2015; the total value of the parties’ combined claims is approximately $25m.
  • Representing AMCON and the receiver of Arik Airways in High Court proceedings against former directors of Arik.
  • Handling various asset recovery claims for the government of Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Obtained a worldwide freezing order on behalf of Med Re against one of its former directors.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Leading individuals

Tom Epps - Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'commercial litigation team is second to none in terms of knowing its clients' business and giving targeted advice'. The London litigation team's work is international and frequently multi-jurisdictional, and it covers asset recovery, employment, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences, product liability, public international law, technology disputes and IP. James Maton heads the UK disputes practice, Laurence Harris  is vice chair of the global litigation department and Rod Freeman is an experienced product litigation lawyer. Also key to the group are Kevin Perry and Mark Deem. Sascha Grimm and Henry Stewart have been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):James Maton

Other key lawyers:Laurence Harris; Rod Freeman; Kevin Perry; Mark Deem; Sascha Grimm; Henry Stewart

Testimonials

'James Maton is a valued partner to clients. He makes it his job to understand every aspect of clients' business, which makes his advice an invaluable tool'.

Key Clients

Allergy Therapeutics

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Bambino Holdings

Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands

Maritime Heritage Foundation

Tata Steel UK

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company

Whirlpool

Work highlights

  • Advised Allergy Therapeutics in High Court proceedings against Inflamax Research and three of its directors. The proceedings relate to a clinical trial in 2015.
Leading individuals

Kevin Perry - Cooley (UK) LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'practice group comprises individuals who work strongly together as a team to produce meaningful results'. Its key strengths are international commercial (particularly oil and gas exploration matters) and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations. James Maton heads the London litigation team, which also includes Mark Everiss, Mark Deem and Laurence Harris, along with David Kendall, Kevin Perry and special counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien. Henry Stewart was promoted to partner, while James Crabtree left for Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):James Maton; Mark Everiss

Other key lawyers:Mark Deem; Laurence Harris; David Kendall; Kevin Perry; Christophe Bondy; Joshua Brien; Henry Stewart

Testimonials

'The team is quite exceptional'.

'David Kendall is one of the best tacticians in the business'.

'Christophe Bondy achieves significant successes for clients'.

Key Clients

AXA

Equitas

Munich Re

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Tata Steel UK

The Rock Group

West African Aquaculture

XL Insurance (Bermuda)

Work highlights

  • Acted for XL Insurance (Bermuda) (and others) in a group of Bermuda Form arbitrations, which arose out of a range of claims surrounding medical devices, pharmaceuticals, terrorism and construction.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP

At Cooley (UK) LLP,¬†Tim Daniel¬†is noted for his work with a number of governments and parastatals, particularly in the developing world. Key mandates include representing various states before the ICJ in a number of significant land and maritime boundary disputes. Daniel's practice also covers counter‚Äźterrorism and asset tracing for states and private companies; he continues to advise the government of Nigeria on national and international boundaries. James Maton¬†and¬†Laurence Harris¬†act for corporations and governments in a wide range of complex commercial, regulatory and public international law disputes, with a focus on the recovery of¬†proceeds of corruption and enforcing foreign confiscation orders. John Brown¬†is an expert in maritime boundary delimitation and in the definition of maritime zones. Counsels Christophe Bondy¬†and Joshua Brien¬†are also of note for investment-state arbitration, Law of the Sea matters and for issues concerning the continental shelf.

Practice head(s):James Maton

Other key lawyers:Tim Daniel

Key Clients

Government of Turks & Caicos Islands

Government of Bermuda

World Bank: Singapore Office

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

West African Aquaculture Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised the World Bank, Singapore on deep seabed mining in the Asia‐Pacific region, focusing on the application of the precautionary principle and the development of a harmonised approach amongst different jurisdictions to the management and regulation of deep seabed mining on the continental shelf.
  • Acted for West African Aquaculture as the claimant in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of the Gambia regarding the direct expropriation of the claimants’ aquaculture business.
Leading individuals

Tim Daniel - Cooley (UK) LLP

Rising stars

Joshua Brien - Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP specialises 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. The team regularly advises on the exporting of US and UK equity plans around the world and consults on tax, securities law and labour issues in over 60 jurisdictions. Paula Holland, who has over 25 years of experience in the area, heads the team; Nicola Squire is also noted.

Practice head(s):Paula Holland

Other key lawyers:Nicola Squire

Key Clients

Endava Plc

Autolus Therapeutics Plc

RenalytixAI

YesAcelity LP Inc

Adestra Limited

SendGrid Inc NoFuze Inc

Web.com Group Inc

Rockley Photonics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Endava on an equity incentive plan for staff worldwide on its IPO.
  • Advised Autolus Therapeutics on an equity incentive plan for staff worldwide on its IPO.
  • Advised Renalytix on a share option plan on its IPO.
  • Advised Acelity on the acquisition of Crawford Healthcare, negotiated the treatment of existing equity incentive awards and provided drafting and advice on the tax treatment thereof.
  • Advised Avecto on its sale to Francisco Partners, relating to the consequences of the transaction for employees in the UK, including complex analysis in relation to those holding EMI options.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is particularly experienced in advising reinsurers and insurers in the run-off market on liability insurance, reinsurance and coverage matters. Practice head Mark Everiss has a strong track record acting for insurers in the run-off market, while David Kendall - 'one of the best solicitors in the business' - covers coverage run-off and insolvency, third party liability, political risk, D&O and property insurance as well as reinsurance. Associate Sam Tacey is another key member of the practice. Former partner James Crabtree left to join Keystone Law in November 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Everiss

Other key lawyers:David Kendall; Sam Tacey

Testimonials

'The team provides very detailed analysis of legal arguments'

'David Kendall is a vastly experienced insurance and reinsurance litigator with a very calm and steady demeanour. He can grasp complex claims very quickly'

'The leadership of David Kendall is quite exceptional. He is one of the best tacticians and one of the best solicitors in the business'

Key Clients

Lloyd’s Market Association

Munich Re

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

XL Bermuda

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited

Equitas

Ambridge

FM Global

General Re/Faraday

Hiscox

RiverStone Managing Agency

Work highlights

  • Obtained a worldwide freezing order on behalf of Med Re against one of its former directors.
  • Acting for XL (Bermuda) in relation to disputes in London arbitration concerning coverage under Bermuda Form liability insurance policies for claims against policyholders relating to a variety of matters, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, terrorism and construction defect.
  • Represented Equitas in an arbitration for payment of claims on reinsurance contracts brought against a non-paying reinsurer.
  • Representing a run-off insurer in relation to a high value dispute with complex coverage issues arising out of claims in the US for contamination of drinking water by the gasoline additive MTBE.
  • Acting for a German insurance company in a dispute with a major syndicate at Lloyd's regarding a complex reinsurance contract providing $250m cover.
Leading individuals

David Kendall - Cooley (UK) LLP

Rising stars

Sam Tacey - Cooley (UK) LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

The London team at Cooley (UK) LLP has recently been busy on transactions involving warranty and indemnity and tax indemnity insurance, as well as Brexit-related issues facing the insurance market. David Kendall and practice head Mark Everiss both handle all types of insurance and reinsurance work, with key clients including the Lloyd’s Market Association, which it advises on matters including competition law and data protection issues. The London team is also looking to leverage its connections to the wider firm's US platform and tap into the insurtech market.

Practice head(s):Mark Everiss

Other key lawyers:David Kendall

Key Clients

MedRe

The Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA)

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance (NFU)

Ambridge Europe Limited

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

Ed Broking

Work highlights

  • Advising Rollings Butt, the administrators of MedRe, an insolvent reinsurance company, in relation to all insurance/reinsurance and claims matters arising from the insolvency.
  • Advised Ambridge, a leading underwriter of transaction insurance, on more than 30 transactions involving warranty and indemnity and tax indemnity insurance during 2018.
  • Advising The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society on outsourcing, licensing and technology procurement contracts.
  • Advising the Lloyd’s Market Association on competition law issues, Brexit-related issues and data protection issues.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP's practice is led by the highly regarded Rod Freeman, who has a strong track record in product liability disputes on an international scale. The team covers a range of work in the space for clients from the life sciences, technology, cosmetics and consumer products sectors, among others. Sascha Grimm made partner in 2019 and is a key contact for civil litigation, regulatory investigations, product liability, as well as IP and brand protection matters. Associate Sarah-Jane Dobson combines experience in regulatory matters and disputes.

Key Clients

'Rod Freeman is a fantastic lawyer, who consistently is at the top of his game.'

Leading individuals

Rod Freeman - Cooley (UK) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sascha Grimm - Cooley (UK) LLP

Rising stars

Sarah-Jane Dobson - Cooley (UK) LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP advises a wide selection of brands, from start-ups to household names, across a broad range of sectors and is able to count LinkedIn, Nikon Europe, SpaceX and Abercrombie & Fitch among its active clients. The team is particularly strong on the trade mark side, where it assists with the registration, prosecution, protection and enforcement of trade marks and related rights in the UK and EU IPOs. The team is also able advise on licensing, sponsorship agreements and promotions. The practice expanded its capabilities with the hire of Charlie Winckworth, who advises on the strategic aspects of obtaining, protecting and commercialising intellectual property rights, from Hogan Lovells International LLP in January 2019. Nicholas Bolter chairs the practice.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Bolter

Work highlights

  • Obtained a favourable settlement for Jackson Family Wines in a trade mark enforcement action involving its famous "La Crema" mark.
  • Advising on trademark matters for Twitter and assisting in disputes relating to the launch of the Periscope platform.  
  • Managing the worldwide trade mark portfolio for Yelp!, the highly popular user review and social networking site
  • Advised Coca-Cola Bottling Company in connection with various sports-related marketing and promotional campaigns.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is instructed by established and fast-growing, emerging companies on corporate and private equity transactions in the technology sector; it also has particular expertise advising on open source software matters. Chris Coulter heads up the practice and has experience in technology, data, cybersecurity, contractual and IP issues; other names to note include Ryan Naftulin, who assists companies and investors which are forming and financing disruptive high-growth companies, and litigator Mark Deem.

Practice head(s):Chris Coulter

Other key lawyers:Ryan Naftulin; Mark Deem

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP has the capacity to handle a range of contentious and non-contentious instructions, with particular expertise in trade mark matters. Practice head Nick Bolter is a key name to note for trade mark, copyright and advertising work; and Chris Coulter is highlighted for his transactional advice, particularly in the technology sector. Nicola Maguire and John Wilkinson focus on life sciences issues.

Practice head(s):Nick Bolter

Other key lawyers:Chris Coulter; Nicola Maguire; John Wilkinson

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is experienced across technology, media and communications work. The team handles data privacy, competition, corporate, IP, commercial, copyright, trade marks, advertising, outsourcing, regulatory and corporate instructions, and is also noted for contentious matters.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP offers a range of specialisms to its life sciences clients, in particular on  transactional and IP matters. The highly experienced John Wilkinson assists clients in these areas and on regulatory and competition matters. Other core team members include Nicola Maguire, who advises on the IP aspects of transactions and Stephen Rosen.

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