Cooley eyes public company client work with latest N.Y. partner hire

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  • Cooley has hired partner Jean Park in New York from Simpson Thacher
  • Cooley is poaching lawyers from competitors to represent public companies on wide-ranging matters

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(Reuters) – Cooley said on Tuesday it has snapped up Jean Park from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the latest in a series of New York partner hires to its practice focused on advising public companies on matters including corporate governance, transactions and litigation.

Park joins the public companies practice at Palo Alto, California-founded Cooley, after serving as the head of her prior firm’s practice centered on emerging growth companies. Cooley about two months ago lured away another Simpson Thacher public companies partner, Brad Goldberg.

Cooley is known for advising startups and other private companies, particularly in the technology and life sciences sectors, but increasingly has larger public companies on its client roster.

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Jason Kent, co-chair of the public companies practice, said while the firm has an “evergreen” emerging companies client base, those companies “ultimately grow up” and go public. The firm is building up its public companies practice to meet that need, he said.

The 1,500-lawyer firm has hired at least three other New York-based partners to the group this year from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, White & Case and Fenwick & West.

Park represents companies, investment banks and investors in transactional, corporate and securities matters, with a focus on the tech and healthcare sectors, the firm said. Her work includes initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Simpson Thacher didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on her departure.

Cooley has added lawyers this year in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., in an effort to expand its East Coast bench.

The firm also has been hiring lawyers for its new Chicago outpost, which launched in May.

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