Cooley takes the plunge at long last with London launch

Cooley has planted its flag at last in London soil. The tech firm had been waiting for the right moment , and this week entered the City with a bang by raiding US rivals Edwards Wildman and Morrison & Foerster .

The launch coincided with the conclusion of the merger between Edwards Wildman and Locke Lord. Cooley’s wooing of Edwards Wildman partners was well documented , but the MoFo partners turned out to be the ace up Cooley’s sleeve.

The firm kept its talks with most of the firm’s corporate and technology teams under the radar until last week, when The Lawyer revealed that partners had handed in their resignations.

The man in charge of London is Justin Stock, the former head of MoFo’s London corporate office, who will lead 14 Edwards Wildman partners and four of his own previous team once he starts at the firm. On hand to help is Cooley vice-president of business department Ryan Naftulin, who has relocated to London.

Although Cooley CEO Joe Conroy says that the firm is “hell-bent” on making the office investment work , the question remains: will the new office be enough to throw tech rivals off their game?

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