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Cooley hires fund formation specialist Pang Lee

Cooley has hired Pang Lee as a partner in the global private investment funds group. He will work out of the firm’s Shanghai office. Prior to Cooley, Lee was counsel in the asset management group at Shearman & Sterling’s Hong Kong office. Lee focuses on the formation and operation of private investment funds, including venture capital, buyout and special situation funds.

Cooley names new partner for Palo Alto office

Cooley said Tuesday that it has named James Strawbridge as a partner in its business department. Strawbridge will join the firm’s business & finance practice group and be based in the firm’s office in Palo Alto, Calif. Previously, Strawbridge worked at Worldview Technology Partners where he served as a general partner and chief operating officer. Cooley is a law firm whose clients include entrepreneurs, investors and financial institutions.

Cooley expands capital markets group with new addition

Cooley said Monday that it has hired Divakar Gupta as a partner in its business department. Gupta will be working in the firm’s New York-based capital markets practice group. Previously, Gupta worked at Latham & Watkins. Cooley is a law firm whose clients include entrepreneurs, investors and financial institutions.

Cooley Appoints Latham & Watkins Partner

Cooley has appointed Jamie Leigh as a partner and member of the mergers & acquisitions group. Leigh, who will be based in Cooley’s San Francisco office, joins the firm from Latham & Watkins. Leigh’s practice focuses on sophisticated, complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments and restructurings.

Sol Systems Adds Three to Team

Sol Systems, a Washington, D.C.-based solar finance firm, has added two people to its board of advisors: Jonathan Silver and Ed Feo. Silver has worked within the federal government, leading investments in clean and renewable energy; he has also cofounded a venture capital firm called Core Capital Partners. Feo is the managing director of USRG Renewable Finance, the renewable-energy-focused private equity firm.

Sol Systems has also hired Stephanie Smith as general counsel and EVP for operations. Smith was previously an associate at Cooley LLP.

Early and Growth Stage Valuations Slump in Q3

Third quarter venture deal making saw a softening of early and growth stage valuations, but a continued high level of competition in later rounds. Median pre-money valuations fell in Series A and B deals, and up rounds across all stages of venture financing slumped modestly to 71% of deals compared with 77% in the second quarter, the law firm Cooley reports.

Optimism And Pessimism In A Conflicted Venture Industry; Through It All, Valuations Rise And Down Rounds Largely Do Not

Venture deal volume has slowed. But valuations creep higher. And while many venture capitalists anticipate investing will fall in 2012, they see brightening exit markets for IPOs and M&A. These conflicting views are evident in a venture industry decidedly less optimistic than a year ago and unsettled by the economic realities of a trying year […]

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Cooley Opens in Shanghai

Legal firm Cooley has opened an office in Shanghai, China. The office extends the firm’s reach in advising innovative companies and investors in sectors including venture capital and spanning software, hardware and mobile technology, digital and social media, life sciences and clean energy. The firm has offices in major business and technology centers across the […]

Cooley Seeks To Open Office In China

The law firm Cooley LLP said Thursday it has filed an application with the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China to open a representative office in Shanghai. PRESS RELEASE p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 19.0px ‘Times New Roman’} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 16.0px […]

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