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Cooley Enhances Venture Capital and Private Equity Fund Groups with Tax Partner

San Francisco – October 3, 2016 – Cooley is growing its tax practice with the arrival of Paul Roberts, who will work closely with the firm’s globally renowned fund formation group. He joins as a partner in Cooley’s San Francisco office. Roberts was previously a partner at PwC, where he specialized in international tax issues for global asset management clients.

“As a destination practice serving global private investment funds, the work that we handle presents increasingly complex tax issues, which Paul is well positioned to navigate,” said Craig Dauchy, partner and head of Cooley’s venture capital practice. “Paul has the experience and skillset to implement the most efficient tax structures for our clients and will be a great addition to our firm.”

Roberts has experience servicing a wide variety of global asset management clients and their investors, including venture capital funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, real estate funds and funds of funds. He helps clients structure investment funds, design effective tax strategies and report investment activity. In his 23 years of practice he has guided investors, fund managers, sponsors and GPs in successfully navigating their way through complex cross border fund and investment structures. His work has involved multiple jurisdictions, consistently achieving highly beneficial outcomes, whether representing buyers or sellers of assets. Roberts earned his JD cum laude from Boston University Law School and his MAcc and BBA from the University of Michigan.

“Cooley’s international growth in China and Europe makes this opportunity particularly exciting,” Roberts said. “I am looking forward to supporting Cooley’s renowned venture capital and private equity groups and its world-class client base.”

Cooley represents more than 350 fund organizations worldwide and has handled closings on more than 100 funds year-to-date in 2016, including advising on five $1+ billion fund formations globally. In May, Cooley added three prominent private equity partners – Ron Hopkinson in New York, Eric Schwartzman in Palo Alto and Stephen Rosen in London – further accelerating its momentum across venture capital, fund formation and private equity work.

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