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Cooley Life Sciences Corporate Partner Jumps to Sidley

May 28, 2020, 7:58 PM

California corporate attorney Frank Rahmani has jumped from his longtime home at Cooley to Sidley Austin to join the 2,000-lawyer firm’s corporate and global life sciences practices.

Rahmani, who will work as a partner in Sidley’s Palo Alto, Calif. office, focuses on emerging companies and capital markets.

He advises companies in the life sciences and technology industries on formation and spin-off transactions, financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

“Frank’s diverse corporate transactional experience complements our regulatory, enforcement and litigation practices within the Global Life Sciences team,” Paul Kalb, leader of Sidley’s Healthcare and FDA practice and member of the firm’s executive committee, said in a statement. “His addition reflects our continuous effort to provide clients with a holistic legal approach to navigate industry changes and meet evolving market demands.”

Rahmani spent more than two decades with Cooley, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, he worked as an analyst with Intel Corp.

Rahmani’s arrival reflects Sidley’s strategy to build out its Northern California presence, said Martin Wellington, managing partner of Sidley’s Palo Alto office, in a statement.

Sidley has tapped Cooley for talent in California before. Last spring the firm brought on a group of Cooley attorneys that included private equity partners Mehdi Khodadad and Joshua DuClos.

Rahmani’s move to Sidley was brokered by Divya Bala, partner of global legal recruitment firm Lippman Jungers Bala.

Spokespeople for Cooley could not immediately be reached for comment.

With assistance from Meghan Tribe.

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