Cooley adds Singapore to Asia presence

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American international law firm Cooley has launched a Singapore office, the firm’s 16th office location worldwide, following openings in Brussels and Hong Kong last year.

Cooley partner Ferish Patel will be in charge of the new office, while Matthew Bartus, the co-chair of Cooley’s global emerging companies and venture capital practice, is relocating from Silicon Valley to serve as the firm’s first resident partner in Singapore.

“Opening an office in Singapore is a milestone in our global growth strategy,” said Joe Conroy, Cooley’s chairman and CEO. “Our arrival is an extension of our decades of proven success in Asia.”

Bartus, committed to bringing the innovation and collaboration of Silicon Valley to the region, added: “One of Cooley’s long-time passions is helping entrepreneurs succeed. This opening is a remarkable opportunity for Cooley to extend that spirit of innovation to an entirely new market.”

Patel and Bartus advise high-growth technology and life sciences companies at all stages of their life cycle, from formation through to financings and exits. They also guide founders, management teams, investment funds and boards of directors on strategic decision-making, private financings and corporate governance issues, as well as IPOs and M&A matters.

Cooley will operate in Singapore as Cooley SG, a licensed foreign law practice.