Press Release

Cooley Boosts East Coast Capital Markets Practice

March 10, 2020

New York – March 10, 2020 – Eric Blanchard is joining Cooley’s capital markets practice as a partner in the New York office. He arrives from Covington & Burling, where he was global chair of its capital markets and securities practice.

“Eric is a top-notch capital markets practitioner and brings to our team highly valuable experience working with public companies in a variety of industries, with a particular background in life sciences,” said Dave Peinsipp, co-chair of Cooley’s global capital markets practice. “He is also a trusted adviser to the investment banks. Having him with us on the East Coast will further propel our market leadership.”

“Many of us have worked across from Eric on numerous transactions over the years, so we’ve seen firsthand his deep knowledge and skills, strategic approach and, importantly, his team-focused demeanor at work,” added fellow capital markets co-chair Charlie Kim. “Like so many of the capital markets partners who have joined Team Cooley, we feel like Eric has been an extended member of the family for years, and we’re all very happy to welcome him on board.”

Blanchard advises clients on initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, pre-IPO financings, investment-grade debt offerings, liability management transactions, proxy contests and acquisitions. He counsels leading public and private companies, with an emphasis on those in the healthcare industry, as well as investment banks. Blanchard also regularly represents public companies with securities and disclosure issues and corporate governance matters. He has been recognized by global publications such as Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

“Cooley’s capital markets dominance here in the US and abroad stands out across the legal industry, and its all-one-firm platform is an ideal fit for my practice,” said Blanchard. “I’m looking forward to working on this team of elite attorneys who live and breathe collaboration and to the opportunities we will tackle together.”

Blanchard is the latest partner to join Cooley’s fast-growing New York office, which is approaching the first anniversary of its landmark move to the innovation epicenter of Hudson Yards.

Cooley has been the #1 law firm advising companies going public across all industries since 2014 and the #1 law firm for all venture-backed IPOs across all industries for 15+ years, according to IPO Vital Signs and PitchBook. This year, the firm earned a three-time Capital Markets Practice Group of the Year distinction by Law360 and was named one of the decade's top IPO legal advisors by Bloomberg Law.

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