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Cooley Strengthens Venture Debt Finance Capabilities

Leading tech and life sciences financing partner joins in California

San Diego – April 18, 2017Troy Zander has joined Cooley as a partner in the firm’s debt finance practice. He was formerly a partner at DLA Piper.

Zander concentrates his practice on the representation of lenders and companies in documenting technology, life sciences and middle-market financing transactions. He has represented agents, lenders, participants and companies in credit facilities aggregating in excess of $35 billion. Zander also advises companies, creditors, committees, trustees and asset purchasers in bankruptcy proceedings. He has restructured debt in excess of $2.5 billion in federal, state and out-of-court proceedings.

“Troy is very well known in the venture debt space,” said Cooley partner John Hale. “He has the dominant venture lending practice in Southern California as well as a substantial presence in Northern California and along the East Coast. His practice will complement all that we have built at Cooley and we could not be happier to welcome him.”

“Cooley has the top venture debt practice in the country – not to mention its world class reputation as the go-to firm for the VC industry overall,” Zander said. “I’m thrilled to be joining this winning team.”

Zander is an author and speaker on the subjects of secured transactions and lending against intellectual property assets. He received his JD from the University of San Diego and his BA from the University of California, San Diego.

Zander’s arrival follows the recent Cooley additions of debt finance partner Patrick Flanagan, private equity partner Ray LaSoya, corporate life sciences partner Ryan Sansom and tax partner Bill Corcoran.

Cooley is counsel to 5,000+ innovative high-growth private company clients and 350+ investment fund organizations. In 2016, Cooley advised on 800+ venture financings and 190+ fund formations. The firm advises on all types of fund formations, including venture capital, fund of funds, private equity, evergreen, growth equity and other managers at all stages and sizes, from individual angel funds to billion-dollar institutional funds. In 2017, Cooley’s San Diego office will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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