Press Release

Cooley Rises in US, Global M&A Rankings

Firm earned top recognitions on league tables for 1H 2023
July 7, 2023

Palo Alto – July 7, 2023 – Cooley’s global M&A practice has been recognized based on its M&A activity on Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Refinitiv's 2023 M&A league tables. Led by co-chairs Jamie Leigh and Barbara Borden, the practice continues to dominate in public and private transactions in the US and globally.

Cooley earned top recognitions, most notably from:

  • Bloomberg, which ranked the firm #1 for global- and US-announced deals by deal count, as well as global- and US-announced deals – principals by deal count.
  • Refinitiv, which ranked the firm #1 for US target announced and completed deals based on deal count, as well as #2 for global announced deals by deal count.
  • Mergermarket, which ranked the firm #3 in its US league table by deal count and #4 in its global league table.

To earn these M&A rankings, Cooley handled deals across a variety of industries while maintaining its top position in technology and life sciences by working on several market-leading transactions, such as Insurance Auto Auctions’ $7.3 billion merger with Ritchie Bros. and related shareholder activism defense matters, including IAA’s cooperation agreement with Ancora Advisors and Ritchie Bros.’ concurrent $500 million investment from Starboard Value; CinCor Pharma’s approximately $1.8 billion sale to AstraZeneca; Amryt Pharma’s $1.48 billion sale to Chiesi Farmaceutici; VectivBio’s nearly $1 billion sale to Ironwood; Absolute Software’s $870 million sale to Crosspoint Capital; ThoughtSpot’s $200 million acquisition of Mode Analytics; Bavarian Nordic’s $270 million acquisition of Emergent BioSolutions’ travel vaccines portfolio; Justin Bieber’s $200 million sale of his music rights to Hipgnosis Songs Capital; Snyk’s acquisition of Enso Security; CERo Therapeutics’ merger with Phoenix Biotech Acquisition Corp.; and Bitdeer’s merger with Blue Safari.

Cooley’s world-class transactional team has worked on 1,760+ M&A deals for an aggregate value of more than $793 billion since 2018 – guiding top companies, financial advisers and private equity sponsors in some of the market’s largest and most complex transactions. With the recent addition of a five-partner private equity and M&A team in Denver, the 180+ member M&A group spans 18 major business and technology centers in the US, Asia and Europe, representing all categories of participants in transactions.

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