PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - Cooley LLP announced today that Matthew Bartus, a corporate attorney focused on the emerging companies market, has joined the firm as a partner in its Palo Alto office.

Bartus' practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles, from start-up to acquisition or IPO. He also works with management of later-stage private companies and public companies on a broad range of matters, including securities offerings, debt financing, corporate governance matters, equity incentive plans, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. In addition, Bartus has been involved in merger and acquisition transactions with an aggregate value of more than $30 billion, and has represented investment banks acting as financial advisors and delivering fairness opinions in M&A transactions. Bartus serves as a legal mentor to companies in the StartX program, formerly SSE Labs, a startup incubator affiliated with Stanford University.

"We are pleased to welcome Matt to Cooley," said Joe Conroy, Cooley's chief executive officer. "Matt's arrival is a testament to our continuing commitment to maintaining our leadership position in the Silicon Valley emerging companies market."

"Cooley is a preeminent legal advisor to many of the most dynamic technology and life sciences companies and investors in the world," said Bartus. "I look forward to helping the firm continue to expand its market leadership, in Silicon Valley and beyond."

Most recently, Bartus was a partner in the Corporate Group with Dorsey & Whitney and prior to that was a partner at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP. He was awarded his JD cum laude from New York University in 1998 and earned his BA from Syracuse University in 1992. He is admitted to practice law in California and New York.

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