Mergers & Acquisitions

Since 2009, Cooley has handled more than 650 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, with an aggregate value of over $105 billion, making our practice one of the most active in the country.

We represent all categories of participants in transactions, including buyers, sellers, major stockholders, lenders, financial advisors, management, special board committees, venture capitalists, individual investors, private equity funds, hedge funds and others. 

In addition to handling acquisitions of venture capital-backed corporations and other closely held entities, we regularly negotiate acquisitions involving large, publicly traded companies. 

Our experience and client base of over 125 publicly held companies provides us with a current perspective on market deal points, and a unique position from which we can draw to introduce buyers and sellers.

Cooley has highly skilled transactional lawyers who focus on M&A matters. These lawyers are widely recognized as leaders and experts in their field and are frequently invited to speak on M&A trends and take leadership roles in national professional organizations.

Cooley's M&A lawyers have been honored in numerous publications that list and rank the top lawyers in the United States and the world. Accolades have come from publications such as:

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers
  • Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers
  • Legal 500
  • M&A Advisor – Law Firm of the Year (2004)

Recent Deals  (includes pending transactions)

 4DK Technologies acquired by Radius Networks  Digity acquisition of Three-Eagles Communications  Forma Therapeutics collaboration and option agreement with Celgene  GNIP acquired by Twitter  IHS acquisition of InnLink and TravLynx  Inktank acquired by Red Hat  Johnson Controls joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim   Lumena Pharmaceuticals acquisition by Shire plc   Stratasys acquisition of Solid Concepts  Tautona Group sale of some IP assets to Allergan  Tautona Group sale of some IP assets to Allergan  ValueOptions acquisition by Beacon Health Strategies  Zettics acquisition of Velocent Systems

View our extended deal list


"According to industry peers, the licensing, tax and inversion, private investment, capital market and M&A work performed by Cooley is top tier."

LMG Life Sciences

  • #5 Ranked law firm for US target announced deals (based on number of deals) (Source: Thomson Reuters)
  • Top 20 law firm worldwide for announced deals (based on number of deals) (Source: Thomson Reuters)
  • Top 5 for U.S. deals completed as sell-side counsel in 2012. (Source:
  • Top twenty for U.S. deals completed as buy-side counsel in 2012. (Source:
  • Distressed M&A Deal of the Year Award for 2012 for our representation of Entropic Communications in its acquisition of a set top box business and diverse international patent portfolio from Trident Microsystems. (Source: 7th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards)

Cross-border Experience

We have handled cross-border deals across 25 different jurisdictions, including:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

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Cooley M&A Team News

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