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Further growth ahead for Cooley London as it launches patent practice

Strategic focus will be on talent acquisitions rather than mergers, says Justin Stock

3 August 2015

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Cooley has confirmed today that it is launching a patent practice in London with three former Mintz Levin practitioners.

Their appointment forms part of Cooley's European growth plans, with further investment targeted in its key sectors.

"We are planning on continued growth in London, including in life sciences, corporate, finance, litigation and other areas which play to our core strengths," UK managing partner Justin Stock told Managing Partner.

"The focus at the moment in Europe is London but as the practice grows in London we may look to other jurisdictions in Europe."

Managing Partner asked Stock whether he would consider a merger as part of his London growth plans.

He responded: "At this stage we are not considering any form of merger".

Joining Cooley's new patent practice from Mintz Levin's London office are David Wraige, Jacqueline Ireland and Daniel Sellwood.

The news follows the arrival of a team of former Mintz Levin patent specialists to Cooley's US life sciences practice in April 2014. This included the former co-chair of Mintz Levin's IP practice, Ivor Elrifi, and fellow partner Heidi Erlacher.

Cooley, which was founded in 1920 as a two-lawyer San Francisco partnership, established its London office in January 2015 with more than 50 lawyers.




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