Cooley's M&A practice group was noted in a study by the UC Irvine Law Review regarding the existing gender gap in M&A leadership roles. According to the report, of the 20 firms handling the most significant public M&A transactions from 2014 to 2020, Cooley is the only firm currently granting the same number of lead positions to women and men across M&A deals. The practice is led by Barbara Borden and Jamie Leigh.
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