Cooley expands in China, recruits cross-border deals veteran

February 7, 2018 US Firm Cooley has hired Michal Berkner from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s London office.

Berkner, a cross-border deals specialist, has spent over two decades at Skadden. Prior to Berkner’s departure, the US firm’s London office had been cruising steadily since recruiting private equity partner Richard Youle from White & Case in spring of 2017.

In the midst of Berkner’s hire, Cooley also opened a second Chinese office. After launching its Shanghai office in 2011, the firm has recruited funds partner Xun Zeng from Ropes & Gray to bolster its new Beijing office, bringing its total office count to 13.

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