Cooley has engaged in a surge of lateral hirings, aggressively building its corporate and tax practices, most recently with the hiring of a partner in Manhattan.
Michael Faber, who was previously a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, specializes in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, in tax credits sought by renewable energy projects, and in more general tax matters. He is familiar with the intricacies of federal and state tax law, as well as tax controversies that arise in clients dealing with the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities.
Faber said he is excited to join the firm at a time of rapid expansion. Cooley has also been steadily building its presence on the West Coast, with a surge of lateral hirings in Palo Alto and Los Angeles. The announcement of Fabers hiring last week came one day after Cooley made public that Kevin Rooney and Louis Lehot are the newest partners in the firms business division in Palo Alto. Rooney is a former chair of the emerging growth/venture capital and technology mergers and acquisitions practices at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, and Lehot is a former head of the capital markets and public company M&A divisions at the same firm. Rooney has represented public and private clients, in both Canada and the U.S., in many types of transactions, notably M&A, stock acquisitions and financings, initial public offerings, and fund formation. Rooneys clients have included Cabrillo Advisors, Click Capital, ForgeRock, Headwater Partners, Med BioGene, SAP Ventures, and Transmedia Capital. Lehot has served as counsel to companies and banks in M&A and equity and debt securities deals. He has expertise in areas such as M&A, public offerings and private equity placements, and securities regulations. Lehots many clients include CAI International, CBRE Group, Cyphort, LivingPressWorks, MMI Technologies, Seagate Technology, Semarchy, and Vcorp.
The hiring of Rooney and Lehot came only weeks after Cooleys February 19 announcement that it had recruited C. Thomas Hopkins and Ian Smith as partners in the corporate division of its Los Angeles office. Like Rooney and Lehot, both attorneys previously worked at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Hopkins as a partner and co-chair of the global corporate practice group, and Smith as a partner. Hopkins has extensive knowledge of public equity and debt offerings, joint ventures, M&A, and SEC enforcement and compliance matters. His clients include The Boeing Company, Fidelity National Financial, The FRS Company, and Sientra. Smith has engineered venture capital and M&A transactions, with a heavy concentration on the tech sector, for clients such as Premier Digital Publishing, Image Searcher, Integrated Media Technologies, NGEN Partners, Advanced Information Management, and Adconian Media Group.
When Cooley approached me after they opened the office here, I listened to what they had to say and became convinced my practice and my client base were a better fit with Cooley, said Hopkins. The target is to double the number of attorneys in this office by the end of the year. Theyve been thoughtful and strategic about the people theyre looking to bring in here in L.A., theyre not just out there buying revenue, he said.
There has been a lot of buzz about whats happening here. L.A. is still a small market for tech companies compared to Silicon Valley, but theres rapid growth here and I think Cooley coming into L.A. exemplifies whats going on, Hopkins observed.
Cooleys San Francisco office also recently gained Jamie Leigh as a partner in its M&A practice.