Sharon Connaughton

Special Counsel

sconnaughton@cooley.com

Sharon Connaughton is a special counsel in the antitrust and competition practice group. Her practice focuses on antitrust counseling, litigation and the defense of corporate clients in connection with domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience representing clients through the merger review process before the FTC, the DOJ and foreign antitrust enforcement authorities. Sharon has represented clients in several high-profile merger investigations in a range of industries including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, agriculture, mining equipment, waste and paper.

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Experience

  • Snyk Hits $8.5 Billion Valuation With Series F Round 

  • SoftBank Vision Fund 2 Leads Round Boosting Whoop’s Valuation to $3.6 Billion 

  • SoftBank Vision Fund 2 Leads Picsart’s $130 Million Funding Round 

  • Checkr Hits $4.6 Billion Valuation With Series E Round 

  • Core Scientific to Combine With SPAC Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp. 

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Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
    JD, 1992

  • Grinnell College
    BA, 1987


Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia

Virginia