Press Release

Cooley Elects 19 New Partners for January 1, 2019

November 28, 2018

Palo Alto – November 28, 2019 – Nineteen Cooley lawyers have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2019. They are located in eight of the firm’s offices, spanning the US and UK.

“This immensely skilled group comprises lawyers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences,” said Joe Conroy, Cooley’s chief executive officer. “Their commitment, talent and perspectives reflect the best of Cooley culture, and I know each will make significant contributions to the future success of our clients and our firm.”

Aaron Archer (London) – Archer is part of Cooley’s emerging companies and venture capital practice in London. He represents high-growth, disruptive companies and investors on matters involving the full range of a company’s life cycle – from inception to exit – and all the stages of financing and corporate advisory. Archer is also experienced in domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, particularly joint ventures and private and public M&A.

Luke Bagley (Boston) – Bagley focuses his practice on the formation and representation of private investment funds and their sponsors, including venture capital funds, growth equity funds, private equity funds and funds of funds, both in the US and internationally.

Cynthia Bai (Palo Alto) – Bai represents banks, venture lending funds, investors and growth companies in secured debt transactions and focuses on venture debt finance and fund finance. She advises clients on senior and subordinated growth capital facilities, working capital facilities, asset-based facilities, bridge financings and acquisition financings, as well as capital call facilities and other fund finance facilities.

Aaron Binstock (Washington, DC) – Binstock’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other complex corporate transactions, primarily in the technology and media industries. He represents strategic and financial buyers and sellers in public and private acquisitions and frequently works with government contractors.

Fraser Brown (Washington, DC) – Brown focuses his practice on counseling clients in the life sciences sector, with an emphasis on designing and implementing patent strategies that provide his clients exclusivity and freedom to operate in their space.

Josh DuClos (Los Angeles) – DuClos represents public and privately held companies, private equity sponsors and their respective stakeholders and advisors in strategic and often transformative M&A transactions. He has extensive experience advising both private equity and corporate buyers and sellers in the technology, software, internet and social media, media and entertainment, retail, consumer products and life sciences industries.

Joshua Friedman (Boston) – Friedman represents a variety of clients, including startups, public companies, private investment funds and executives, with respect to all compensation, employee benefits and ERISA aspects of corporate transactions, as well as the structuring and implementation of equity and incentive compensation plans and arrangements.

Stephanie Gentile (New York) – Gentile's practice primarily involves the US federal taxation of domestic and international business transactions. She has extensive experience advising on the tax aspects of a wide variety of business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, fund formations, cross-border structuring, equity and debt financings and joint ventures.

Sascha Grimm (London) – Grimm’s practice spans civil litigation, regulatory investigations and reputation and brand protection matters. She has particular experience working on large-scale projects for clients in times of unexpected crisis, working effectively with all aspects of the client’s business to manage the response.

Matt Hallinan (Los Angeles) – Hallinan represents clients in all stages of the corporate life cycle, with a focus on venture capital financings, M&A, public offerings (including underwriters and issuers) and corporate governance matters. He also has extensive experience in advising clients – ranging from early-stage private companies to public companies and private equity fund serial acquirers – in strategic acquisitions and divestitures.

Kate Hillier (Palo Alto) – Hillier represents life sciences companies at various stages in their life cycle on the discovery, development and commercialization of products in the biopharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and digital health fields, particularly in relation to immuno-oncology. She counsels clients on complex partnering and licensing transactions involving IP, business, operational and legal issues to maximize the value of their products and technology.

Sarah Lightdale (New York) – Lightdale’s practice focuses on securities litigation and corporate governance. She defends public and private companies, directors and executives in shareholder actions brought under federal and state securities laws, M&A-related litigation and government investigations. She also counsels clients on fiduciary duties and the management of transaction-related risks and regularly handles complex contract disputes.

Bethany Lobo (San Francisco) – Lobo focuses her practice on class action defense, business litigation trials and privacy counseling, with particular emphasis on cyber privacy, biometrics, data breaches, ecommerce, the internet of things, enforcement of online terms of service and other internet law issues.

Amanda Main (Palo Alto) – Main represents clients in complex business disputes, including licensing and earn-out disputes and other contract matters. Her experience also extends to internal investigations, government investigations, intellectual property disputes and class actions.

Richard Segal (Boston) – Segal represents issuers and investment banks in a wide variety of public offerings and private placements of securities. In addition to a robust domestic practice, he has significant experience in transactions involving foreign issuers seeking to access the US capital markets. He also represents public companies with respect to general corporate and securities matters.

Josh Seidenfeld (Palo Alto) – Seidenfeld represents companies at all stages of their life cycle, from startups to public companies, with a focus on software, internet and healthcare-related technology companies (both consumer and enterprise). He has represented issuers and underwriters in public offerings and has substantial experience representing buyers and sellers in M&A and issuers and investors in private company financings.

David Silverman (New York) – Silverman advises clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He regularly represents private equity firms, venture capital investors and corporate entities on a wide range of transactions, governance matters and management transactions.

Henry Stewart (London) – Stewart represents a wide range of clients, successfully resolving complex commercial disputes on their behalf through all dispute resolution processes. He also has extensive experience advising governments and public bodies around the globe in the fight against corruption and the recovery of stolen assets.

Kristin VanderPas (San Francisco) – VanderPas's practice focuses on capital markets transactions. She represents investment banks and issuers in a variety of transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary and follow-on offerings, PIPEs, ATMs and debt offerings.

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