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Richard W. Cook

Richard W. Cook


P: (315) 565-4500 (ext. 4514)
F: (315) 565-4600

Richard W. Cook is the Leader of the Banking & Finance Practice and a partner in the Corporate Practice. He has served as Chair of the Business Department. He is a former Managing Partner of the Firm and served as a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Cook has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of corporate and banking law. He represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters. Mr. Cook also handles a variety of banking transactions, including asset-based lending, syndicated loans, letters of credit and general commercial matters. He is listed as approved bond counsel in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace (also known as "The Red Book") and has represented issuers and credit parties for manufacturing, civic facility and health care facility bonds. Mr. Cook also represents municipalities issuing general obligation and revenue bonds.

  • Served as counsel to a shareholder group in the sale of an aviation fuel company to a transportation conglomerate.
  • Served as counsel to a lender for a hospital expansion project valued at $200 million.
  • Served as transaction counsel for a shareholder group in a sale of a food processing business to a major international conglomerate.
  • Served as lead counsel to a shareholder group in a sale of a major regional insurance agency to a national, publicly held insurance brokerage firm.
  • Served as lead counsel to lenders in numerous syndicated loan transactions and asset-based financing transactions.
  • Served as lead counsel for a project finance team for a $150 million ethanol plant.
  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America (2008-2018)
  • Selected, Litigation - Banking & Finance, "Lawyer of the Year" in Syracuse, The Best Lawyers in America (2014)
  • Selected, New York – Upstate, Super Lawyers
  • Approved Bond Counsel, The Bond Buyers Municipal Marketplace (The Red Book)
  • Advisory Council Member, M&T Bank
  • Board Member and Counsel, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity
  • Board Member and Membership Chairman, Onondaga Golf and Country Club
  • Member, MedTech
  • Member, New York Bankers Association
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, New York State Economic Development Council
  • Member, New York State Business Council
  • Member, YMCA of Greater Syracuse
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1975
  • State University of New York at Brockport, B.S., summa cum laude, 1972
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals (Second Circuit)
  • United States District Court (NDNY)
  • United States District Court (WDNY)