On January 1, 2014, Cooley combined with Dow Lohnes PLLC’s Washington, DC office. Through the transaction, Cooley added more than 50 attorneys and many other non-lawyer professionals and industry specialists. Among those additions, we have added three partners to our M&A practice with significant deal experience, particularly in the communications, media and higher education sectors.

John Byrnes has 30 years of experience as a transactional lawyer. He has broad experience working with clients in the cable television, broadcast, newspaper and technology industries. He has handled large and complex mergers, acquisitions and dispositions for cable operators, cable network owners, broadcast and newspaper owners, and technology companies. He has also assisted clients in the structuring and operations of joint ventures, strategic alliances and partnerships. He has also spent considerable time providing strategic counseling to substantial family owned businesses.

Kevin Mills has nearly 20 years of experience focused on the media and communications industries as a transactional and business lawyer. He advises early and late-stage companies, private equity firms and entrepreneurs in the cable, broadband, broadcast, print, entertainment, telecom, technology, online and sports-related sectors. He has negotiated and closed numerous corporate buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, and strategic partnerships.

Ed O’Connell’s practice covers a wide variety of M&A, transactional, corporate, financing and securities law matters, with a special focus on higher education institutions and media, communications and entertainment companies, as well as joint ventures between non-profit and for-profit entities in the post-secondary education sector. He has represented many media and cable companies and many of the largest investment banks in the United States. He also represents private equity and venture capital firms in connection with fund transactions and investments in the education, media, communications and Internet industries.

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