Stephen E. Cooper

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Stephen Cooper is chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group. Mr. Cooper also leads the firm’s Food, Beverage and Consumer Products practice. He represents 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.

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    Mr. Cooper represents strategic and financial investors, and other corporate clients, in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. He counsels both buyers and sellers in structuring such transactions and negotiating the applicable transaction documents. Mr. Cooper has over fifteen years of experience in mergers and acquisitions transactions. He recently represented eTouches, Inc., an event management platform, in connection with its acquisition by HGGC, a leading middle-market private equity firm. In that capacity, Mr. Cooper helped to manage the competing interests of the different stakeholders.

    Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

    Mr. Cooper regularly represents start-up, emerging and fast growth companies in connection with all aspects of their business cycles, from formation through accelerating growth and exit. A critical component of this representation includes capital formation transactions, including friends and family, angel, venture capital and growth capital financings. In that capacity, he advises clients regarding, and negotiates the terms of, convertible promissory notes, subscription agreements, purchase agreements, stockholders agreements, limited liability company agreements and related documents. Mr. Cooper also represents individuals, family offices and funds with respect to such transactions and the related portfolio company work.

    Mr. Cooper is actively involved in the innovation ecosystem. He is on the Board 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. Mr. Cooper has an extensive network of entrepreneurs, executives, investors and professional services providers which provides critical insight into the market and can result in valuable connections.

    General Corporate Counseling

    Mr. Cooper counsels companies of all sizes on general corporate matters, and he often acts as outside general counsel for small and mid-sized private companies without in-house legal teams. His clients represent many industries, with a special emphasis on the consumer products, food and beverage, technologies and software industries. General corporate matters for these clients include entity formation, corporate governance, and commercial and employment-related agreements.

    Pro Bono and Community Involvement

    Mr. Cooper routinely represents non-profit companies on a pro-bono basis in connection with merger and acquisition transactions. In 2016, Mr. Cooper was presented with an Outstanding Volunteer award from the Pro Bono Partnership.

    Mr. Cooper is on the Board of Directors of the McGivney Community Center, a nonprofit organization on the East side of Bridgeport which provides a variety of programs for children. In addition, Mr. Cooper is on the Board of Directors of the Easton Community Center, which provides cultural, educational, recreational and social opportunities and programs for children, teens, and adults within the greater Easton community.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Cooper was an associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., where his practice included both corporate and bankruptcy law. 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

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in 2010.

      Pro Bono Partnership, 2016 Volunteer of the Year

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

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

      Presentations

      "What Deal Terms Mean for Founders, Start-Up Teams, and Investors," co-presented with Eric M. Kogan, at the CT Tech Tour, held at Fairfield University (10/17/2017)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • October 26, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Participates in CVG's CT Tech Tour

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      • 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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