Cooley M&A Momentum Yields Impressive 1H

Dealmaking remains steady and innovative, despite uncertainty caused by COVID-19 pandemic

New York – July 30, 2020 – Amid a fluctuating market and pandemic-related change, Cooley’s global mergers and acquisitions practice maintained a strong focus and robust pace in the first half of the year – and the team is well poised for an even more powerful remainder of 2020. 

Cooley M&A has earned a top 10 spot in The Deal’s M&A Power Rankings for the first time. The team has worked on an impressive range of buy- and sell-side deals in the technology and life sciences spaces, including Sunrun’s acquisition of Vivint Solar for an enterprise value of $3.2 billion, Zoom’s acquisition of Keybase, Forty Seven’s sale to Gilead for $4.9 billion and Portola’s sale to Alexion for $1.41 billion. Cooley has also advised a number of special purpose acquisition company transactions, including Hyliion’s merger with Tortoise, a SPAC. Cooley is the #2 most active firm for public M&A year to date, reflecting the firm’s position in the market as a go-to trusted adviser. 

Cooley is also expanding market presence in other key industries, notably retail & consumer. Cooley recently advised Kim Kardashian West on her strategic partnership with Coty, Sazerac on its agreements to acquire whiskey brands and a distillery from Brown-Forman and Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy from Constellation Brands and in-home fitness company MIRROR on its agreement to sell to lululemon athletica for $500 million. 

Cooley’s world-class transactional team of 180+ members spans 16 major business and technology centers in the US, Europe and Asia. In addition to its blockbuster work, the M&A team actively participates in thought leadership circles and provides insightful guidance on its M&A blog. The group’s co-chair, Jamie Leigh, recently joined a discussion with The Deal and leaders from Uber and Goldman Sachs to speak on tech dealmaking in the COVID-19 era, touching on challenges faced and what to expect for 2H. 

Cooley’s highly acclaimed M&A practice has earned the firm several recent accolades, including Tech Deal Department of the Year by The Recorder and Technology Practice Group of the Year by Law360. Cooley is also shortlisted for numerous Deal of the Year distinctions as part of The Deal’s Middle Market awards across the life sciences, tech and media industries. 

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