Capital Markets

#1 Law Firm for US Public Offerings

Why Cooley
  • Market leader advising leading issuers, investment banks and investors in equity and debt transactions that raise capital through the global public and private capital markets
  • 1000+ completed public offerings in 2016 – 2021
  • 300+ completed IPOs and direct listings in 2016 – 2021
  • Rare balanced representation of issuers and underwriters
  • 7,000+ private company clients give unparalleled deal flow
  • Serve as principal corporate governance and securities counsel for 240+ public companies
  • Trusted counsel to all the leading investment banks, including BofA Securities, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Jefferies, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley
  • One of the most active firms working on capital markets transactions for non-US foreign private issuers


  • #1 Firm for VC-Backed IPOs for 15+ years (IPO Vital Signs 2021)
  • #1 Firm taking Companies Public since 2014 (Deal Point Data 2021)
  • #1 Firm for Issuer-side US Technology and Life Sciences IPOs – Overall & VC-backed (Deal Point Data 2021)
  • #1 for European FPI US IPOs since 2016 (Deal Point Data 2021)
  • #1 Firm for Issuer-Side IPOs (Deal Point Data 2014-2021)
  • #1 Firm for Healthcare & Life Sciences IPOs (Deal Point Data 2015-2021)
  • Tier 1 for Capital Markets: Equity Offerings (The Legal 500 US 2021-2022)
  • Ranked for Capital Markets: Global Offerings (The Legal 500 US 2022)
  • Ranked for Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers (The Legal 500 US 2022)
  • Recognized as Corporate Firm of the Year, and Licensing & Collaboration Firm of the Year, M&A Firm of the Year, Regulatory Firm to Watch and Patent Strategy Firm of the Year (LMG Life Sciences 2021)


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Capital Markets Resources

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Group contacts
Charlie Kim  Partner San Diego, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
David Peinsipp  Partner San Francisco, Palo Alto
Jon Avina  Partner Palo Alto
David Boles  Partner London
Will Cai  Partner Hong Kong, Palo Alto
Calise Cheng  Partner Palo Alto
Div Gupta  Partner New York
Eric Jensen  Partner Palo Alto, San Francisco
Jonie Ing Kondracki  Partner San Francisco
Yiming Liu  Partner in Charge – Shanghai Shanghai, Hong Kong
John McKenna  Partner Palo Alto
Yvan-Claude Pierre  Partner New York, Chicago
Christina T. Roupas  Partner Chicago
Richard Segal  Partner New York
Kristin VanderPas  Partner San Francisco
Michael Yu  Partner in Charge – Hong Kong Hong Kong
Jie Zhang  Partner Hong Kong
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