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Cooley Picks Up Simpson Thacher Public Companies Lawyer Park

Dec. 14, 2021, 11:00 AM

Cooley LLP has nabbed Jean Park from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, as the tech-focused law firm continues to grow its public companies practice.

Park, who joins as a partner in Cooley’s Manhattan office, will focus on private companies and investors in the technology and healthcare sectors as they look to go public.

The hire “meaningfully broadens and deepens our capabilities to serve our ever-expanding client base of late-state private companies and public companies, particularly on the East Coast,” Jason Kent, who co-chairs Cooley’s public companies practice group, said in a statement announcing the hire.

Cooley, founded more than a century ago in San Francisco, had $1.6 billion in revenue last year, according to data compiled by the American Lawyer. The firm is among the country’s top 20 largest law firms, with a headcount that has grown in the double digits to nearly 1,100 lawyers.

The firm, which has advised Zoom Video Communications Inc., Snapchat Inc., and Allbirds Inc., among others, is outside counsel to some 240 publicly traded companies. It is well known for shepherding ventures through the early stages to later become public companies.

Park, who was with Simpson Thacher in its New York and Palo Alto, Calif. offices for more than 13 years, was head of the firm’s emerging growth companies practice. She is joining Brad Goldberg, formerly head of Simpson Thacher’s public company advisory-private equity practice, who jumped to Cooley’s public companies practice in October.

Park said in an interview that she was drawn to Cooley because “the firm has the ability to service companies through the stages of its corporate life cycle.”

Cooley represents clients in IPOs and other securities offerings as well as private financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactions. Once a company goes public, the firm counsels them on general corporate, regulatory, and securities matters.

To service its growing client roster, Cooley earlier this year also added former WilmerHale lawyer Sarah Sellers; former White & Case lawyer Rupa Briggs; and Fenwick & West alum Nicolas Dumont as New York-based partners.

Cooley recently launched its Public Company Innovation hub, a service to provide U.S.-listed public companies information to help navigate securities laws and regulations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson at egolson1@gmail.com

To contact the editor on this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloombergindustry.com