Cooley recruits private equity lawyer LaSoya as partner

Law firm Cooley has hired Ray LaSoya as a partner in its M&A practice. Previously, LaSoya worked at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan where he served as chair of the private equity practice.


Los Angeles – February 27, 2017 – Ray LaSoya is joining Cooley’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s M&A practice. He joins from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where he was chair of the private equity practice.

LaSoya has worked on a variety of complex corporate transactions, including tender offers, acquisitions and divestitures, public offerings and private and public equity investments. He counsels clients in the areas of public disclosure and reporting, corporate governance and general corporate matters. LaSoya represents public and private companies and private equity investors, together with their portfolio companies, in their day-to-day legal affairs and in transactions across a range of industries.

“Ray has the technical capabilities, client base, professional relationships and personality to help Cooley expand its M&A and private equity practices on the West Coast and more broadly,” said Tom Hopkins, partner in charge of Cooley’s LA office. “He’s a superb practitioner and will fit right in to our fast-growing global group.”

Last year, Cooley added three prominent private equity partners – Ron Hopkinson in New York, Eric Schwartzman in Palo Alto and Stephen Rosen in London.

“Cooley has a stellar reputation in California and across the country for its high-end client list of private and public companies,” LaSoya said. “Advising on PE and M&A transactions is my bread and butter, and I’m looking forward to pairing my experience with the renowned Cooley brand.”

Cooley’s Los Angeles office has handled numerous high-profile corporate matters, including recently advising Dollar Shave Club in its reported $1 billion sale to Unilever, RealD in its go-private transaction with Rizvi Traverse, as well as various transactions for Fidelity National Financial and Black Knight Financial.

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