Francis Wheeler

Partner at Cooley LLP

Francis Wheeler

Francis Wheeler

Partner at Cooley LLP

Biography

Francis R. Wheeler is a partner in the Cooley Business Department, resident in the Colorado office. He joined Cooley in 2001.

Mr. Wheeler's practice includes corporate, securities and transactional matters, including public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, corporate governance and securities law disclosure and compliance. He has represented publicly and privately held companies, as well as board committees, in a broad range of industries.

Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Wheeler was a partner with a Denver-based AmLaw 200 firm, where he headed that firm's corporate practice. Mr. Wheeler also practiced in New York City.

Mr. Wheeler is currently named in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Corporate/M&A (Band 1); in Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law; in Euromoney Expert Guides in Corporate Governance; and as a Colorado Super Lawyer in Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities & Corporate Finance.

A member of the Merger & Acquisitions Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, Mr. Wheeler is active on the task force authoring the ABA's model tender offer agreement for the acquisition of a public company. He is also an officer and director of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and an NACD Corporate Governance Fellow.

Representative Clients/Transactions

* eBay in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Gmarket in a tender offer in the United States and Korea
* Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its combination with Azur Pharma and $700 million acquisition of EUSA Pharma
* Kudelski in its $150 million acquisition of the remaining shares of its controlled subsidiary OpenTV in a going private transaction effected by tender offer
* Liberty Global in its investments in Australia-based Austar United Communications and Netherlands and Jersey-based O3b Networks
* Controlling stockholder of MarkWest Hydrocarbon in the $800 million acquisition of MarkWest Hydrocarbon by MarkWest Energy Partners
* Noodles & Company in its acquisition by private equity firm Catterton Partners
* Private investment fund in acquisition proposals and successful proxy contests for corporate control
* Rally Software Development in its $96.6 million initial public offering

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Education
Class of 1973

Weber State University is a public, liberal arts university located in Ogden, Utah

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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Current

The mission of the Colorado Bar Association is to improve the quality of its members’ legal practice, to support and improve the justice system, and to support the community through voluntary and educational endeavors.

Career History
Partner
2001 - Current

Cooley LLP is a provider of strategic litigation and business transaction services and is a representative of private and public companies, financial institutions, venture capital firms and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Aslan Pharmaceuticals Ltd. issued American Depositary Shares (ADS)

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DocuSign, Inc. issued Common Stock

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ERYTECH Pharma SA issued American Depositary Shares (ADS)

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