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Cooley Advises CHC Group on Its $310 Million Initial Public Offering and Refinancing Transactions

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/27/14 -- Cooley LLP announced today that it advised CHC Group Ltd. on its $310 million initial public offering. CHC Group, the world's largest commercial helicopter operator for the offshore oil and gas industry, now trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol, "HELI."

CHC's in-house legal team was led by Chief Legal Officer Michael J. O'Neill and Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer Russ Hill.

The Cooley corporate and securities team advising CHC Group was led by corporate partners Louis Lehot and Michael Tenta and included corporate associates Nicole Hatcher, Sale Kwon, Yueting Liang, and Brian Schlinkert, with employee benefits and executive compensation advice provided by partner Thomas Welk, special counsel Jeannie Leahy and associate Michelle Lara, and tax advice provided by partners Mark Windfeld-Hansen and Mark Hrenya.

Proceeds from the IPO will be used to redeem a portion of a subsidiary's senior secured notes and to repay in full its existing senior secured revolving credit facility. Concurrent with the IPO, CHC entered into a new senior secured revolving credit facility. The Cooley team advising CHC in connection with its debt transactions includes partners Mike Tollini and Mischi a Marca, and associate Paul Bozzello.

This offering follows Cooley's record year for capital markets work in which the firm advised on 60 public offerings, including 23 IPOs, raising more than $8.4 billion.

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Cooley's attorneys solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and bet-the-company litigation, often where innovation meets the law.

Cooley has more than 750 lawyers across 11 offices in the United States and China.

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