Private Equity

World-class transactional team, ranked #1 most active adviser for global M&A and private equity middle-market deals by Bloomberg

Why Cooley
  • We have represented private funds on sophisticated transactions (including leveraged buyouts), growth equity and exits since the earliest days of the private fund industry
  • With 7,000+ private company clients, we have developed an unparalleled bench across key disciplines critical to guiding and growing private equity platforms
  • As one of the world’s most active law firms for technology and life sciences investments, we have deep industry experience in key verticals – anticipating issues and helping our clients solve key business challenges. Our industry strengths include software, healthcare and health services, fintech, edtech, telecom, aerospace, defense and government
  • Cooley’s long history representing financial sponsors, high-growth companies and founders helps us navigate deals in a pragmatic manner
  • Our private equity team, in collaboration with lawyers across our firm, is deeply versed in the legal needs of private equity platform companies – including add-on M&A, tax and transaction structuring, acquisition financing, debt financing, equity compensation and benefits, commercial contracting, intellectual property protection, commercial licensing and regulatory matters
  • We are the #1 ranked legal adviser on initial public offerings and regularly represent sponsor-backed companies in their IPOs
  • We work collaboratively with our strategic M&A practice, which is among the most active globally in selling companies to private equity
  • We are a leader in the middle market and are ranked #1 legal adviser for global private equity M&A valued up to $500 million (Bloomberg)


  • Bloomberg: #1 for global private equity - up to $500 million (2022)  
  • Mergermarket: #2 for US private equity buyouts by deal count (2022) 
  • Mergermarket: #3 for global private equity buyouts by deal count (2022)  
  • Chambers USA and UK: Recognized as a leading private equity law firm 
  • The Legal 500 UK and Asia Pacific (foreign firms – China): Recognized as a leading firm for private equity mid-market deals 

BTI Consulting Group named Cooley among its Most Recommended Law Firms for our superior client service, legal prowess and value provided to clients.

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Group contacts
Alfred Browne  Partner Boston
Kester Spindler  Partner Colorado, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
Danielle Fortier  Partner Colorado
Bram G. Couvreur  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Los Angeles – Downtown
Aaron Binstock  Partner Washington, DC
Andrew Lustig  Partner Reston
Amelia Runyan Davis  Partner Colorado
Yvan-Claude Pierre  Partner New York, Chicago
Stephen Rosen  Partner London
Ben Shribman  Partner London
Jamie Leigh  Partner San Francisco
David Silverman  Partner New York
Bill Sorabella  Partner New York
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