"Derek Colla manages to fit 48 hours of work into a 24-hour day, amassing more experience than anyone would expect of a 36-year-old. Colla joined Cooley in 2008, getting elected to partner 10 years later. Though, it came as little surprise. He's been dubbed an 'ultimate connector of people' and 'go-to guy' at the global law firm for counseling on capital raises, mergers and acquisition transactions and initial public offerings, holding an influence that reaches far beyond his billable hours. In all, Colla has counseled companies and investors in more than 100 venture financings with an aggregate value exceeding $500 million. And he's been a pioneer for the firm in advancing the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry."
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