Press Release

Cooley Adds East Coast Strength to Acclaimed M&A Practice

March 31, 2020

New York – March 31, 2020 – Kevin Cooper is joining Cooley as a partner in the firm’s global mergers & acquisitions practice. Based in New York, Cooper arrives from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

“Ensuring we maintain and grow our M&A group in a way that remains true to our culture and business mindset is essential to our success,” said Barbara Borden, Cooley partner and M&A practice co-chair. “Kevin’s stellar reputation among both clients and colleagues, coupled with his substantive skillset, make him an excellent addition to the team.”

“Kevin brings broad and cutting-edge experience to our bench, both in public company and PE-focused M&A, each incredibly relevant to our ever-expanding client base,” added Jamie Leigh, fellow M&A practice co-chair. “His skills bolster our market strength in New York and globally.”

Cooper’s practice spans domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, spinoffs and carve-out transactions and includes advising clients with respect to general corporate governance matters, activism and takeover defense and securities offerings. He has counseled clients in a range of industries, including technology, healthcare, media, consumer and retail, financial services and private equity. Cooper earned his JD from Harvard Law School, where he founded and served as an editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Law Review.

“Cooley’s M&A practice is first class, and its increasing momentum is recognized across the industry,” said Cooper. “I’m excited to work alongside my new teammates to deliver top-notch client service and continue expanding the group’s dominance in New York and across the globe.”

Cooper is the latest 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. Recent key hires include capital markets partner Eric Blanchard, technology transactions partner Leonard Jacoby, litigation partner Andrew Goldstein, and tax partner Jeffrey Tolin.

Cooley’s world-class transactional team has worked on 1,000+ M&A deals for an aggregate value of $395+ billion since 2015 and has guided leading companies and private equity sponsors in some of the market’s largest and most complex transactions. The firm’s 180+ member M&A group spans 16 major business and technology centers in the US, Europe and Asia and represents all categories of participants in transactions. In 2019, the team led a variety of multibillion-dollar deals across industries, including Tableau’s $15.7 billion sale to Salesforce and Synthorx’s $2.5 billion sale to Sanofi. Its blockbuster and high-volume work also earned Cooley several recent accolades, including Tech Deal Department of the Year by The Recorder and Technology Practice Group of the Year by Law360.

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