Darren DeStefano

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My experience with the SEC taught me how important the nuances and industry experience are to public offerings.

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Luna Innovations Gets $50 Million Investment From White Hat, Acquires Silixa

December 21, 2023

Cooley advised Luna Innovations, a global leader in advanced fiber optic-based technology, on its $50 million investment from White Hat Capital Partners and its acquisition of Silixa.

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Russell Anderson
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David Wilson
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Neelam Atwal
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Cara Therapeutics, Inc. -- $40 Million Royalty Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement

November 3, 2023

Cooley advised Cara Therapeutics, Inc. on its $40 million royalty interest purchase and sale agreement with HealthCare Royalty Partners. Michael Tollini and Addison Pierce led the Cooley team advising Cara, which included Bin Wang, Xueqing Li and Jordan Verrilli. Cara, which trades on The NASDAQ Global Market as “CARA,” is a clinical-stage biotech company focused on developing and commercializing new chemical entities designed to alleviate pain and pruritus by selectively targeting peripheral kappa opioid receptors.

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Associate, Chicago
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Mor Agam
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Katherine Denby
Associate, Washington, DC
Darren DeStefano
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Associate, Washington, DC
Steve Flores
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Xander Lee
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Natasha Leskovsek
Of Counsel, Washington, DC
Phil Mitchell
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Francis Wheeler
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TriSalus Life Sciences Completes Merger With MedTech Acquisition Corporation

August 16, 2023

Cooley advised TriSalus Life Sciences, an oncology company with a focus on treatments for patients with liver and pancreatic tumors, on its merger with MedTech Acquisition Corporation.

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Matt Browne
Partner, San Diego
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Associate, San Diego
Jayden Martinez
Associate, Colorado
Pitrina Gilger
Associate, San Diego
Carlos Ramirez
Partner, San Diego
Mischi a Marca
Partner, San Francisco
Matthew S. Scarano
Associate, San Diego
Margaret Barreto
Associate, San Francisco
Jeffrey J. Tolin
Partner, New York
Patrick Sharma
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Alessandra Murata
Partner, Palo Alto
Ryan Montgomery
Special Counsel, Boston
Sharon Connaughton
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Natasha Leskovsek
Of Counsel, Washington, DC
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Of Counsel, Washington, DC
Phil Mitchell
Partner, New York
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Partner, Colorado
Howard Morse
Partner, Washington, DC
Madison (JJ) Meng
Associate, San Francisco
Sarah Sellers
Partner, New York
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Partner, Chicago
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Associate, Washington, DC
Vince Sampson
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
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Associate, Los Angeles Downtown
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Partner, Reston
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Partner, Reston
Jennifer Shanley
Special Counsel, New York
Charity Williams
Partner, San Diego
Grady Chang
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica
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Partner, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Kate Walther
Paralegal Specialist, San Diego

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ACELYRIN Announces Pricing of Upsized Initial Public Offering

May 15, 2023

Cooley advised Acelyrin, INC., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company, in its $621 million initial public offering, the second-largest biotechnology IPO and largest clinical-stage biotechnology IPO ever.

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Partner, San Diego
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Partner, San Diego
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Partner, Palo Alto
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Partner, San Diego
David Navetta
Partner, Colorado
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Partner, Brussels
Shannon Eagan
Partner in Charge – Palo Alto, Palo Alto
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Partner, Reston
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Partner, Colorado
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Senior Counsel, San Diego
Natasha Leskovsek
Of Counsel, Washington, DC
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Of Counsel, Palo Alto
Dani Nazemian
Special Counsel, San Diego
Jennifer Shanley
Special Counsel, New York
Jacquelyn Burke
Special Counsel, Boston
Karen Tsai
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Miriam Petrillo
Partner, Chicago
Andrew Nelms
Associate, San Francisco
David D. Kim
Associate, San Francisco
Lawrence Traylor
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Dionne A. Thomas
Associate, San Diego
Nathaniel Hearn Jr.
Associate, New York
Valerie Sapozhnikova
Associate, Los Angeles Downtown
Eileen Leman
Associate, Los Angeles Downtown
Kelly McCormick
Associate, San Francisco
Mor Agam
Associate, New York
Allison Kutner
Associate, New York
Madison (JJ) Meng
Associate, San Francisco
Rebecca Siegel
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Associate, New York
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Associate, Brussels
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Associate, Palo Alto
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Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corp. Completes Merger With Inspirato

February 19, 2022

Cooley advised Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company affiliated with Thayer Ventures, on its completed business combination with innovative luxury travel subscription brand Inspirato. Lawyers Daniel Peale, John McKenna, Milson Yu, Michelle Peleg, Shawn Fateh, Jonathan Camello, Brian Kloeblen and Angel Nwachukwu led the Cooley team advising Thayer Ventures.

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Darren DeStefano
Partner, Reston
Christopher Kimball
Partner, Washington, DC
Mark Windfeld-Hansen
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Bill Galliani
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Peter Crain
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Dillon Martinson
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Chris Chynoweth
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Tommi McCarthy
Associate, New York
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Frank Bozzi
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Edward Sniezek
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Rubin Waranch
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Drue Anne Koons
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Jon Turk
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