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‘Criminal capability’: Cooley makes key appointment with Sullivan & Cromwell litigator Delahunty

Cooley has kicked off 2016 with further hires to its now year-old London office, adding prominent Sullivan & Cromwell litigator Louise Delahunty (pictured).

Recommended by the Legal 500, Delahunty is a specialist in global investigations. She served as European counsel at Sullivan and prior to that, was a partner at Simmons & Simmons and a member of its crime, fraud & investigations group. She has advised on investigations overseen by multiple regulatory bodies including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the US Department of Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

With Delahunty’s arrival the firm’s London office now houses 25 partners and over 70 fee earners, including 12 partners and 29 fee earners in the litigation practice.

Cooley litigation head Laurence Harris tells Legal Business: ‘One of the reasons Louise has joined is that while we’re always doing quite a bit of investigatory work, we don’t have the criminal capability which she will bring.’

The firm’s global litigation chair Michael Attanasio added: ‘Louise has deep experience representing global companies and individuals in a wide variety of white collar matters involving allegations of fraud, corruption and economic sanctions. Her track record of success will be a great asset in further expanding our global litigation capabilities.’

With a mandate to generate London revenues upwards of $40m, Cooley’s well-documented foray into the City started at the beginning of 2015 with the hire of teams from Edwards Wildman and Morrison & Foerster to create a 55 lawyer office. Since then the firm has made several strategic hires, including Reed Smith life sciences partner duo John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire, and longstanding Olswang corporate partner Stephen Rosen in March.