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Cooley: #1 for VC Exits in 2017

PitchBook rankings also deem firm top in pharma and healthtech sectors
February 20, 2018

Palo Alto – February 20, 2017 – PitchBook ranked Cooley as the #1 most active law firm advising on VC-backed exits (M&A + IPO), the #1 most active in the pharma & biotech and healthcare services & systems sectors and #2 on VC deals overall. The data was published as part of PitchBook’s annual Global League Tables, a comprehensive ranking of private equity and venture capital activity worldwide. Cooley advised on 1200+ VC financings last year.

“2017 was an all-time record for the firm based on deal activity level,” said Matthew Bartus, co-head of Cooley’s emerging companies practice alongside Pat Mitchell. “We’re consistently proud to partner with the world’s most innovative companies on high-impact deals.”

Cooley works with 5,000+ innovative, high-growth private company clients. One of the hallmarks of Cooley's commitment to innovation is Cooley GO, a free resource designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business with easy to navigate information and document generators. Through this resource, entrepreneurs can also view Cooley's quarterly reports on venture capital financing trends.

“Our work with startups often begins prior to company formation,” said Mitchell. “We play an integral role in supporting interesting and impactful companies through their entire life cycle, and we’re excited to see where this trajectory takes us in 2018.”

The Recorder recognized Cooley’s emerging companies practice in 2017 as part of its Departments of the Year awards, which honors firms whose lawyers worked on the biggest, most complex and trendsetting deals. Cooley was singled out for work with C3 IoT on its Series E financing, Quanergy Systems on its Series B and Intarcia Therapeutics on its Series EE.

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