Stephen E. Cooper

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Stephen Cooper's practice in the firm's Business Section involves representing large and small clients in all aspects of corporate and transactional law, including venture capital and private equity financings, debt financings, recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities law compliance, and general corporate matters.

    Mr. Cooper is a member of the firm's Emerging Companies, Private Equity, and Venture Capital Groups. His practice includes working with fast growth companies. In this capacity, he represents entrepreneurs and businesses as they build and manage through all stages of the life cycle of a company including capital formation, organization structure, team building, and realignment. His experience in working with companies accelerating and decelerating through business and industry cycles makes him a value-added member of their team. He is on the State of Connecticut and Stamford Boards of Directors of Crossroads Venture Group, a professional association dedicated to supporting investment in high-growth companies, and he is a member of the Growth Network of the Business Council of Fairfield County.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Cooper was an associate in a prominent Boston-based law firm, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., where his practice included both corporate and bankruptcy law. During law school, Mr. Cooper served as a legal intern to the Honorable Gladys Kessler of the United States District Court, District of Columbia. Before attending law school, he worked in the leadership office of the Honorable Richard Gephardt.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented Loudeye Corp. in connection with the disposition of its VidiPax, Inc., subsidiary.
      • Represented Developing World Markets (DWM), a socially responsible fund manager and investment bank, in connection with sale to a Dutch-based asset manager of a 10 percent equity interest in DWM Holdings, LLC, the holding company to multiple affiliated companies of DWM, and the option to purchase up to an additional 5 percent therein.
      • Represented SureSource, Inc., a direct-to-consumer e-commerce business, in connection with the sale of a majority interest of the company to a leading private equity investor in the media, communications, information, and education industries.
      • Represented KnowFat Franchise Company, Inc., a franchisor of fast-casual food restaurants in connection with its merger with a publicly owned shell company and that public company’s simultaneous private placement.
      • Represented Symphony Marketing Solutions, Inc., a marketing services and solutions company, with its acquisition of the Hendry Corporation, a software license sales and market structure services company.
      • Represented Farrell Corp., a manufacturer of processing equipment for primarily the rubber and plastics industries, in its sale to a German buyer.

      • Representation of Symphony Marketing Solutions, Inc., a company providing analytics and data management services in the retail, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods industries, concerning acquisition by Genpact International, Inc., a business processes management company.

      • Representation of Home Dialysis Plus Ltd. concerning investment by Warburg Pincus and Vertical Funds.
      • Represented manufacturer and marketer of all natural specialty foods concerning a Series C convertible preferred stock offering.
      • Represented a provider of regulatory compliance process solutions to community financial institutions concerning a convertible bridge promissory note and warrant offering.
      • Representation of a global investment firm in connection with a Series A Preferred Stock Financing and license agreement with a provider of proprietary technology products that empower next-generation electronic trading.
      • Representation of Bain Capital Ventures in connection with its Series B Preferred Stock investment in Dynamics, Inc., a producer of next-generation interactive payment cards.
      • Representation of a publicly held franchisor of fast-casual restaurants related to an exchange offer to retire debentures in exchange for preferred stock and a related private placement of preferred stock.
      • Representation of VCS Group, an affiliate of Camuto Group, a women's designer and shoe retailer, in multiple joint venture and acquisition transactions.

      • Representation of Revelry Brands, a Colorado-based venture group, in multiple transactions, including its acquired interests in a New York City-based food company, Siggi's yogurt; in New York City-based Data Garden, a data analytics company serving the natural foods industry; and in Colorado-based Only Natural Pet Store, a manufacturer and retailer of natural pet products, and related to Revelry's private placements of securities to finance a portion of such acquisitions.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Crossroads Venture Group
      Connecticut State-wide Board of Directors
      Stamford Chapter Board of Directors

      Business Council of Fairfield County
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Business/Corporate Law in 2011 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Pro Bono Partnership, 2016 Volunteer of the Year

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      McGivney Community Center
      Board of Directors (2017)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • News

      R+C in the News

      • December 17, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Participate in Connecticut Innovation Summit

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      • May 10, 2013

        Stamford Lawyers Attend Conference Hosted by ACG-CT and CVG

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      • July 22, 2011

        Q2 Deal Report

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      • January 5, 2011

        Robinson & Cole’s Deal Team Dominates Venture Deals in Q3

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      R+C News Releases

      • July 6, 2017

        Stephen Cooper Appointed to McGivney Community Center Board of Directors

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      • April 25, 2017

        Stephen Cooper Honored for Pro Bono Service

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      • June 21, 2013

        Local Organizations Recognize Robinson & Cole’s Pro Bono Service

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      • January 18, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Announces 2013 Partner Promotions

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      • August 24, 2010

        Community Dedication Honored and Summer Associates Return to School

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      • January 26, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Announces New Counsel

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