Palo Alto – January 8, 2016 – Most recently evidenced by Cooley being named Law360's 2015 Capital Markets Practice Group of the Year and U.S. News and Best Lawyers' 2016 Law Firm of the Year for capital markets, Cooley has firmly established itself as the premier law firm for companies seeking to access the capital markets.
Cooley capital markets partner Charles Kim attributes the practice group's success to its team-oriented approach.
"We check our egos at the door and routinely make decisions that we believe are best for our clients and the firm," Kim told Law360 in an interview. "A lot of firms talk about being a team, but here at Cooley that really is the core principle that underlies how we operate and it distinguishes us a firm. It's in our DNA."
For many years, Cooley has consistently represented companies and underwriters on more technology and life sciences IPOs than any other firm. In 2015, the firm advised on 98 completed public offerings – 32 of which were IPOs. This comes after Cooley had a record-breaking 2014 – advising on 100 completed public offerings.
Similar momentum is apparent thus far in early 2016. Cooley is advising on four IPOs that initially publicly filed on January 4, 2016, the first day of trading in the New Year. These join the numerous other IPOs already on file in which Cooley is also involved. On January 6, 2016, Cooley advised on five follow-on offerings that priced that same day. And Cooley is either company or underwriters' counsel on dozens of additional in-process offerings that have not yet been publicly announced.
"On every capital markets deal, we supplement our securities attorneys with a team of highly skilled specialists in areas such as regulatory, intellectual property, compensation and benefits, litigation and tax," said Cooley capital markets partner Drew Williamson. "Even on our securities teams, we routinely have multiple hands-on partners, which enables us to provide our clients with seamless high-level service."
Another Cooley capital markets partner, Dave Peinsipp, added: "We regularly run through walls for each other and our clients. We pride ourselves in treating the other parties on our deals, including ‘opposing counsel,' as members of our extended team. Our success is directly correlated with operating like a true team, and our commitment to that core value really resonates with many of our clients who share that similar collaborative worldview."