New York – January 7, 2013 – Cooley LLP announced today that long-time Silicon Valley corporate partner Jim Fulton has relocated from the firm's Palo Alto office to its New York office.
Together with New York corporate partners Bo Yaghmaie and Stephane Levy, Jim will focus on the continuing development of Cooley's emerging companies and venture practices in the city, which a recent Fortune article described as the second largest tech center in the country, behind only Silicon Valley. Jim will also serve as partner-in-charge of the New York office, succeeding real estate partner Shira Nadich Levin.
"Jim's move to New York demonstrates Cooley's commitment to one of the largest and most dynamic centers of innovation in the country," said Cooley's New York-based Chief Executive Officer, Joe Conroy. "His deep experience and incredible success in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area will directly translate to the New York market."
"I'm excited to help guide the New York office from strength-to-strength and to collaborate with Bo and Stephane on the further expansion of our emerging companies' presence in New York City," said Jim Fulton. "This is an incredibly dynamic and creative time in the market, and I'm thrilled to be part of the New York team."
Jim has spent his entire legal career with Cooley – beginning as a summer associate in 1994. Since joining the firm after graduating from law school, he has built a robust, broad-gauged corporate practice serving emerging and public companies, including AAA, Web.com, Xoma Corporation, Blurb, eASIC Corporation, Ecomotors and Segetis. Over his career, he has headed the firm's emerging companies practice group and co-chaired the clean energy and technologies group. Jim has advised on public offerings, which collectively raised $1 billion in equity, and M&A transactions valued at more than $3 billion.
In addition to his core corporate practice, Jim has also maintained a significant venture fund formation and financing practice advising the likes of InterWest Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Scale Venture Partners and Versant Venture Capital. In the last 10 years alone, Jim has advised on more than 350 venture capital transactions, which collectively raised more than $4 billion, and he has advised on the formation of venture capital funds, which attracted in excess of $8 billion in committed capital.
For Jim, the move to New York is a return to his roots. He was born in New York and spent much of his life prior to joining Cooley on the East Coast, including time at Georgetown University where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees.
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