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 advisor for global private equity M&A valued up to $500 million   

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


  • 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 

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