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Two Cooley Partners Noted as Top Women in Dealmaking

March 30, 2023

Palo Alto – March 30, 2023 – Cooley partners Barbara Borden and Cullen Speckhart have been recognized on The Deal’s Top Women in Dealmaking list, which recognizes exemplary women in the legal profession, with a focus on M&A, private equity, restructuring and activist investing.

Borden is co-chair of the firm’s mergers & acquisitions practice. She focuses on public and private M&A, cross-border transactions, joint ventures and other complex transactions. Borden represents strategic buyers and sellers and financial advisors in public and private acquisitions and has significant experience counseling boards of directors in connection with M&A and related governance, as well as anti-takeover matters.

Speckhart is chair of the firm’s business restructuring & reorganization practice and partner in charge of its Washington, DC, office. She is a top advocate in corporate restructuring and financial litigation, with a diverse practice spanning a range of industries – including healthcare, life sciences, technology, energy and retail. Speckhart regularly represents debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees and foreign representatives in significant bankruptcy matters throughout the US.

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Cooley’s world-class transactional team has worked on 1,600+ M&A deals for an aggregate value of more than $760 billion since 2018 and has guided top companies and private equity sponsors in some of the market’s largest and most complex transactions. The 180-member+ M&A group spans 18 offices in the US, Asia and Europe, representing all categories of participants in transactions.

Cooley’s business restructuring & reorganization lawyers provide forward-focused advice to clients with respect to business risk management and strategic implementation. With deep experience in all aspects of in- and out-of-court restructurings, Cooley guides clients in all aspects of insolvency proceedings, acquisitions, distressed M&A transactions and bankruptcy-related litigation, such as claims for breach of duty, subordination or recharacterization of debt, preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, and other matters.

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