Press Release

Cooley Announces New Leadership in Six Offices

July 11, 2023

Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Los Angeles – Santa Monica, San Diego and San Francisco – July 11, 2023 – Cooley has announced new partners in charge in five of the firm’s US offices, as well as in Brussels.  

Luke Cadigan (Boston), Christina Roupas (Chicago), Nick Hobson (Los Angeles – Santa Monica), Ken Rollins (San Diego) and Peter Werner (San Francisco) have assumed leadership roles in the US, and Alexander Israel has become the first partner in charge of the firm’s Brussels office. 

“Our new leaders embody all that is good about Cooley – and each is deeply passionate about the success and reputation of their offices and the well-being of every one of their resident colleagues,” said Mark Pitchford, Cooley’s administrative partner. “Our entire leadership looks forward to collaborating closely with the new office leaders and sincerely thanks their outgoing predecessors for all their incredible service.” 

Cadigan is an experienced trial attorney who leads the firm’s East Coast litigation practice and co-chairs Cooley’s mental health and wellness committee. He concentrates his practice on securities enforcement matters, shareholder disputes and actions, complex commercial litigation, internal investigations and regulatory compliance.

Roupas is a founding partner of Cooley’s Chicago office and focuses her practice on general corporate and securities matters – including representing issuers and investment banks in capital markets and leveraged finance transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and counseling public companies regarding disclosure, corporate governance, and other securities law and compliance issues. 

Hobson concentrates his practice on the representation of emerging growth companies at all stages, along with the investors who finance these companies. In addition to providing strategic counseling to his clients, his practice encompasses venture capital and private equity financings, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, debt financings, equity compensation matters and corporate governance.  

Rollins serves as the head of the corporate practice for the firm’s San Diego office and represents emerging and late-stage private companies and public companies in a wide range of corporate and securities matters – including private financings, public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, tender offers, strategic collaborations, commercial agreements, corporate governance matters, and employment and compensation arrangements.  

Werner is co-chair of the firm’s global emerging companies and venture capital practice group, and his practice primarily focuses on the representation of high-growth companies and their investors. He regularly assists clients with financings and mergers & acquisitions, in addition to entity formation, governance matters and securities transactions. 

Israel advises national and international companies on German, European and UK competition law and regulatory matters. He guides clients through merger control proceedings, global cartel investigations, abuse of dominance constellations and related litigation at the European Commission, UK Competition and Markets Authority and German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority. 

These changes follow closely on the heels of the recent office leadership appointments of Ian Shapiro in New York and Xun Zeng in Beijing, Michael Yu in Hong Kong and Yiming Liu in Shanghai

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