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Motive Raises $150 Million in Series F Funding

June 1, 2022

Cooley advised Motive, a leading automated operations platform for the physical economy, on its $150 million Series F financing round, bringing the company’s valuation to $2.85 billion. Lawyers Rachel Burns and Rachel Proffitt led the Cooley team advising Motive.

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Rachel M. Burns
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Rachel Proffitt
Partner and Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco
Michelle Peleg
Associate, San Francisco
Sam Miller
Associate, San Francisco

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Gusto Agrees to Acquire Symmetry

July 9, 2021

Cooley advised Gusto, a San-Francisco based payroll software company, on its agreement to acquire Symmetry, a longtime leader in payroll infrastructure technology. Cooley Partner Laura Medina led the team advising Gusto.

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Laura M. Medina
Partner, Colorado
Bryan Berman
Special Counsel, Colorado
Amis Pan
Associate, Palo Alto
Megan Drill
Associate, San Diego
Julia R. Brinton
Associate, Washington, DC
Kristopher Kleiner
Special Counsel, Colorado
Rick Jantz
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Blake Martell
Partner, San Francisco
Stacey A. Bradford
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Stephanie Gentile
Partner, New York
Megan Browdie
Partner, Washington, DC
Rachel M. Burns
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Wendy Brenner
Partner, Palo Alto

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Vera Therapeutics – $48 Million IPO

May 13, 2021

Cooley advised Vera Therapeutics on its $47.85 million initial public offering of 4,350,000 shares of class A common stock. Vera Therapeutics, whose securities now trade on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol VERA, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing transformative treatments for patients with serious immunological diseases. Partners Jodie Bourdet and Carlton Fleming led the Cooley team.

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Jodie Bourdet
Partner, San Francisco
Rachel M. Burns
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Daniel Eitutis
Associate, San Francisco
Sam Miller
Associate, San Francisco

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Origin to List on Nasdaq via SPAC Merger With Artius

March 2, 2021

Cooley advised Origin, the world’s leading carbon negative materials company, on its agreement to combine with Artius, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company or SPAC. The combined company, which is expected to have an equity value of approximately $1.8 billion, will be named Origin Materials and remain listed on the Nasdaq under the new ticker symbol “ORGN.” Partners Garth Osterman and Peter Werner led the Cooley team advising Origin.

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Garth Angelo Osterman
Partner, San Francisco
Peter H. Werner
Partner in Charge – San Francisco, San Francisco
John McKenna
Partner, Palo Alto
Alessandra Murata
Partner, Palo Alto
Rachel M. Burns
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Alexander Ellebracht
Associate, Palo Alto
Mark Windfeld-Hansen
Senior Counsel, Palo Alto
Howard Morse
Partner, Washington, DC
Sharon Connaughton
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Julia R. Brinton
Associate, Washington, DC

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Metromile to Combine With INSU Acquisition Corp. II, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company

February 10, 2021

Cooley advised digital insurance platform and pay-per-mile auto insurer Metromile on its agreement to combine with INSU Acquisition Corp. II, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company or SPAC. The combined company will remain publicly listed on Nasdaq and have an implied estimated market capitalization of $1.3 billion, with the closing expected in Q1 2021. Partners Garth Osterman and Rachel Proffitt led the Cooley team advising Metromile on the transaction.

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Garth Angelo Osterman
Partner, San Francisco
Rachel Proffitt
Partner and Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco
Ajay Athavale
Associate, San Francisco
Rachel M. Burns
Special Counsel, San Francisco
Sharon Connaughton
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Caitlin Courtney
Partner, Palo Alto
Ross Eberly
Partner, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Alexander Ellebracht
Associate, Palo Alto
Andrew Epstein
Special Counsel, Seattle
TJ Graham
Partner, Palo Alto
Christopher Kimball
Partner, Washington, DC
Matt Kong
Associate, San Francisco
Dillon Martinson
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Joshua Mates
Partner, San Francisco
Howard Morse
Partner, Washington, DC
Alessandra Murata
Partner, Palo Alto
Zander Olsson
Associate, San Francisco
Sangitha Palaniappa
Associate, Palo Alto
Daniel Paramés
Partner, San Francisco
Michelle Peleg
Associate, San Francisco
Megan Drill
Associate, San Diego
Jason Savich
Partner, San Francisco
Patrick Sharma
Associate, Los Angeles Santa Monica
Karen Tsai
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Mark Windfeld-Hansen
Senior Counsel, Palo Alto
Michael Suyat
Senior Paralegal, San Francisco

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Super Lawyers: California – Rising Star (2019 – 2022)

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