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Barbara Borden

Partner, Cooley LLP

As a partner at the national law firm Cooley, LLP, Barbara Borden leads the firm’s global mergers and acquisitions practice group, focusing on cross-border transactions, joint ventures and public securities law. Borden represents strategic and financial buyers and sellers in public and private acquisitions. Recent accomplishments include being the lead mergers and acquisition attorney on a number of buy and sell side deals, including the sale of Zeltiq Aesthetics to Allergan for $2.5 billion and a number of transactions for Horizon Pharma plc.

ALMA MATER: University of Virginia (BA, Government); Arizona State University School of Law JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

BUCKET LIST: Visit more than 100 countries.

CAR: Tesla

HOBBY: Gardening