Cooley Hires Stroock & Stroock Private Equity Chair in L.A.

Feb. 27, 2017, 6:49 PM

Cooley LLP has hired the national chair of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan’s private equity practice group.

Ray LaSoya, who joined Stroock & Stroock in August 2011, has worked on a variety of transaction types and advises clients on public disclosure, reporting and governance. He will work for Cooley in Los Angeles.

“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,” LaSoya wrote in a statement on Monday.

Prior to joining Stroock & Stroock, LaSoya was the co-chair of the private equity practice group at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in Los Angeles.

Cooley says the new hire is part of a larger growth trend in its private equity practice. The firm added three private equity partners, including Eric Schwartzman from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Palo Alto, in the last year alone.

The firm’s LA office advised Dollar Shave Club in its reported $1 billion sale to Unilever, among other matters.

LaSoya received his undergraduate degree from Whittier College and his law degree from Yale University.

Representatives for Stroock & Stroock didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

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