Palo Alto – December 22, 2015 – Law360 named Cooley's capital markets and privacy and data protection practices Practice Groups of the Year. This is the fourth time in five years that the privacy and data protection group has won this recognition and the first for Cooley's capital markets group, in what has been another record year.
"It's been another very strong year, with our capital markets group having completed more than 110 deals in 2015," said capital markets partner Charlie Kim. "We are especially proud of our unique leadership position in representing both innovative companies as well as the leading investment banks advising them, from coast to coast. The volume of deals that we do, our deep experience representing both companies and banks, and the way that we operate as a true team here at Cooley allows us to be able to serve our clients that are looking to access the capital markets in a way that is second to none. We're excited to close out the year with this recognition of our leadership, and thankful for the many companies and investment banks that have entrusted us to partner with them in these critical transactions."
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Cooley excels in advising issuers, investment banks and investors in a wide variety of equity and debt transactions that raise capital through the public and private capital markets. Thus far in 2015, Cooley completed 33 IPOs, 65 follow-on equity offerings and 14 convertible/high-yield debt offerings. For the past several years, Cooley has been the #1 law firm for technology and life sciences IPOs and the #1 law firm for venture-backed IPOs across all industries.
"Cooley is a pioneer in the privacy law arena, representing disruptive and innovative businesses facing myriad issues as the boundaries of customer information and user protection are challenged and explored," said Michael Rhodes, partner and chair of Cooley's privacy and data protection practice and a Law360 five-time privacy ‘MVP.' "In doing so, we've shaped how privacy is being defined and led the strategies and tactics being deployed in modern privacy and data breach class action litigation. To be named a ‘Privacy Practice Group of the Year' for the fourth time is much appreciated recognition of this."
Cooley's privacy and data protection lawyers specialize in counseling, compliance, regulatory, and litigation representation covering a wide range of issues, including online and mobile privacy, right of publicity, data-breach response, e-commerce, health data, and cybersecurity, among others. The group's litigators have defended companies in more than 50 class actions in the US and have a strong track record of success. In the past five years, Cooley has won more than 25 motions to dismiss in privacy and data security class actions.
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