Press Release

Cooley Bolsters Compensation & Benefits Practice

September 4, 2019

Palo Alto – September 4, 2019 – Alessandra Murata is joining Cooley as a compensation and benefits partner based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. She arrives from Goodwin Procter.

“Ali brings an exceptional range of transactional and counseling experience and is highly respected for advising on the most complex executive compensation issues,” said Amy Wood, partner and chair of Cooley’s compensation & benefits practice. “Her experience and passion will prove a strong asset to our clients, and we are thrilled to welcome Ali to our team.”

Murata’s practice focuses on counseling organizations and management – particularly within the technology, life sciences, private equity and REIT sectors – on executive compensation and benefits issues arising through mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, venture capital and leveraged buyout transactions and other transformative corporate events. She regularly advises clients on the adoption, revision and negotiation of executive employment and severance arrangements and on equity compensation arrangements, tax compliance and planning and SEC rules governing executive compensation disclosure and reporting.

“Cooley’s leadership in the new economy alongside its unique culture of collaboration provided an irresistible opportunity for me,” said Murata. “I am excited to grow my practice and deliver successful solutions for clients with such a great team.”

At Goodwin, Murata served as chair of the Women@Goodwin program in Silicon Valley and as the ERISA and executive compensation representative on the diversity & inclusion committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, her JD from University of Michigan Law School and her LLM from New York University School of Law.

Cooley is a leader in designing and implementing global compensation and benefits programs. Companies headquartered worldwide trust the firm to orchestrate their executive and equity incentive projects and employee benefit plans. The compensation & benefits team has deep experience with the securities, tax, labor and exchange control laws impacting cash and equity compensation within simple and complex corporate structures around the globe.

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