Cooley has added to its public companies practice and New York presence with the hiring of partners Rupa Briggs and Nicolas Dumont to the firm’s business department.
“Rupa and Nicolas are both exceptional lawyers with broad experience serving a wide range of clients as they go public and beyond, including navigating multinational companies through offerings and transactions, corporate governance and disclosure and securities matters,” said Nicole Brookshire, who co-chairs Cooley’s public companies practice group alongside Chadwick Mills. “They will play a key role as we continue to take market leaders public – through traditional offerings and the transformational SPAC deals that we have been managing for our clients – and partner with clients as trusted advisers after they grow within the market.”
Briggs, who arrives from White & Case, has extensive experience representing issuers and investment banks in capital markets transactions, spanning from initial public offerings, follow-on equity offerings, rights offerings and SPACs to high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, liability management transactions and restructurings.
“Cooley is uniquely positioned to support clients through all stages of the corporate life cycle,” Briggs said. “This platform, paired with the firm’s inclusive and industry-leading collaborative culture, is the ideal formula for expanding my practice and contributing to the firm’s exceptional momentum.”
Dumont, who arrives from Fenwick & West, advises corporate and investment banking clients on corporate finance transactions that include IPOs, SPACs, common and preferred stock issuances, at-the-market offerings, private placements and rights offerings, senior, subordinated and convertible debt offerings, securities issued by banks, hybrid and derivative instruments, PIPE offerings, tender offers, consent solicitations and exchange offers
“I look forward to working with Cooley’s booming public companies client base across the transaction and reporting cycle, and collaborating with my new colleagues in market-leading practices across the globe,” Dumont said. “The firm’s stellar track record on SPAC deals also perfectly complements my own experience.”