California firm Cooley prepares for London launch

August 5, 2014 California-based law firm Cooley is moving closer to a London launch, with reported plans to grow its headcount to around 50 lawyers within its first six months in the city.

Cooley’s local ally Edwards Wildman has seen a number of partner departures in recent months with corporate partner last Niall McAlister leaving to join Olswang, capital markets partner Shawn Atkinson moving to Orrick, and corporate head David Ramm quitting for Morgan Lewis last month. The firm has also lost transactional partner Stuart Blythe, and transactional partner Eero Rautalahti is said to be leaving imminently.

Reports indicate that Cooley has been making formal offers to a number of remaining Edwards Wildman partners during the past week.

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