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Cooley Adds Leading Debt Finance Partner in New York

Strengthens fast-growing global PE practice

New York – March 6, 2017 – Patrick Flanagan is joining Cooley’s New York office as a partner in the firm’s debt finance practice. He arrives from Shearman & Sterling.

Flanagan has a wide-ranging deal list, having advised on some of the largest and most important leveraged buyouts over the last 15 years. He is uniquely positioned in the private equity space, widely known and respected by both sponsors and banks. Flanagan focuses on domestic and international leveraged finance transactions, such as acquisition financings, second lien financings, mezzanine financings, asset-based facilities, recapitalizations, work-outs and working capital facilities.

“Patrick is an incredibly skilled and highly regarded practitioner who has played a leading role in some of the most significant PE financing transactions on behalf of financial institutions and sponsors,” said Ron Hopkinson, New York-based partner in Cooley’s private equity practice. “Cooley has a burgeoning PE practice and Patrick’s experience will be a core asset for our future growth in serving as a one-stop shop for the world’s best private equity firms.”

Flanagan previously worked with Cooley partners Ron Hopkinson and Eric Schwartzman when they practiced together at Latham & Watkins. “I’m looking forward to working with Ron and Eric once more and with this great Cooley PE team,” Flanagan said. “It’s wonderful to be rounding out the East Coast and national capabilities of Cooley’s private equity and debt finance practices. The momentum at Cooley is exciting.”

Most recently, in February 2017, Cooley added M&A and private equity partner Ray LaSoya in Los Angeles; and, last year, the firm significantly expanded its private equity practice with three prominent private equity partners – Ron Hopkinson in New York, Stephen Rosen in London and Eric Schwartzman in Palo Alto.

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