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Cooley Advises Versartis on its $145 Million IPO

Palo Alto, Calif. – March 31, 2014 – Cooley LLP announced today that it advised Versartis, Inc. on its $144.9 million initial public offering. Versartis, a biopharmaceutical company developing long-acting therapeutic proteins for the treatment of endocrine disorders, now trades on the NASDAQ Global Stock Market under the symbol "VSAR."

The Cooley corporate and securities team advising Versartis included partner and head of the life sciences practice Barbara Kosacz, partners Kenn Guernsey and Mike Tenta, and associates Siana Lowrey, Amanda Busch and Alexis Weiss. Critical support for the offering was provided by partner Renee Deming and associate Sarah Dale (compensation & benefits); partner Natasha Leskovsek (regulatory); partner Michael Tuscan and associate Fraser Brown (patent counseling & prosecution); and associate Bin Wang (life sciences).

Year-to-date in 2014, Cooley has advised on 38 completed public offerings, including 17 completed IPOs.

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Related Contacts
Kenneth Guernsey  Partner San Francisco, Palo Alto
Barbara Kosacz  Senior Counsel Palo Alto
Michael Tenta  Partner Palo Alto
Michael Tuscan  Partner in Charge – Washington, DC Washington, DC
Bin Wang  Special Counsel Palo Alto
Natasha Leskovsek  Of Counsel Washington, DC
Renee Deming  Retired Partner Palo Alto
Siana Lowrey  Partner San Francisco
Fraser Brown  Partner Washington, DC