Cooley cracks City with MoFo and Edwards Wildman hires

It’s taken a while, but after almost a year of hunting West Coast US firm Cooley has finally secured the launch team for its London office – as we exclusively revealed on Friday.

Cooley’s negotiations to launch in the UK have seen it talk to partners at a variety of firms, most notably Edwards Wildman.

News broke last summer that a group of Edwards Wildman partners were talking to Cooley. But those talks were complicated when Edwards Wildman began discussing a merger with fellow US firm Locke Lord.

Last week, as the Locke Lord Edwards merger prepared to go live, The Lawyer revealed that Cooley had sealed the deal with a group of partners from both Edwards Wildman and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo). In fact all save two of Edwards Wildman’s London partners have plumped for Cooley over Locke Lord, and Cooley is launching with a sizeable team of 19 partners and another 35 lawyers.

Cooley is a major player in the technology world, acting for the likes of Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and its move into London is the biggest launch by a US firm in this sector. The relocation of Cooley’s business department vice-chair and Washington DC head, Ryan Naftuli, just underlines Cooley’s intent.

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