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