Cooley has arrived in Chicago with a 10-partner team, hiring partners from DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins and Winston & Strawn, as the Midwest city becomes increasingly competitive for Am Law 200 firms.

Cooley announced the office on Monday but it was rumored to be in the works in recent weeks. The Silicon Valley firm said it’s not done recruiting, noting the Chicago opening allows it to attract additional talent in building a full-service Chicago office, “including a bench of elite litigators expected to join in the next few months.”