Cooley Hires Three Private Equity Partners From Trio of Firms

May 9, 2016, 7:36 PM

Cooley has hired three private equity partners, all from different law firms, all in different offices: New York, Palo Alto and London.

In New York, Ron Hopkinson joins from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he was head of the firm’s private equity practice, while Eric Schwartzman joins in Palo Alto from Weil Gotshal & Manges.

In London, Stephen Rosen joins from Olswang, where he was head of the private equity and venture capital group, the firm said in a statement.

Mike Lincoln, the chair of Cooley’s business department, called the hires “a defining moment for Cooley.”

The firm said in a statement that Cooley represents a number of private equity sponsors and is primary fund counsel to more than 325 private investment fund organizations. Altogether, Cooley has 900 lawyers in 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe.

The moves are notable for a couple of reasons. For one thing, Weil departure is the latest in a series of outgoing private equity partners. Last week, we reported that Mike Weisser and Sarah Stasny in New York would join Kirkland & Ellis . Meanwhile, last month the firm saw private equity partner David Blittner join Ropes & Gray , and David Kreisler joined Sidley Austin in Boston . Last year, Shukie Grossman in New York joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher .

A Weil Gotshal spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment about the most recent departure. Neither did Michael Aiello, the head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions department, who was also asked about the series of moves.

Meanwhile, Cadwalader’s Hopkinson spent eight years at the New York law firm, which The American Lawyer reported earlier this year is dealing with some financial pressures . Previously, Hopkinson worked at Latham & Watkins with Schwartzman, the partner coming over from Weil.

When he joined Cadwalader in 2008, The Wall Street Journal reported that Hopkinson represented the Carlyle Group in its 2006 acquisition of Dutch conglomerate VNU NV and its 2002 acquisition of Qwest Communications International Inc.'s yellow pages business.

A Cadwalader spokeswoman wished Hopkinson well in his future endeavors. Firm representatives of Weil and Olswang did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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