Kate Cooper is an M&A and corporate partner based in London.
Kate acts for international corporate and FTSE clients. Her areas of practice include complex public and private M&A, corporate restructurings, as well as general UK listed company advisory matters. Kate's varied experience spans a range of sectors, including TMT, Industrials, Consumer and Healthcare.
Kate’s recent transactions include advising AstraZeneca on the $39bn acquisition of Alexion, the largest US acquisition of 2020, DWS Infrastructure on its take private of Stagecoach following a competitive process, Cazoo on its $7bn de-SPAC transaction (the first UK to US de-SPAC), Smiths Group on the corporate aspects of the disposal of its medical division for $2.8bn and Comcast on its £30bn public acquisition of Sky following a competitive process against 21st Century Fox.
Kate joined Freshfields in 2006 as a trainee, and has been seconded previously to our Tokyo office, to the Organising Committee of the London Olympics and, as a senior associate, to Goldman Sachs’ European Investment Banking Legal team.
Before becoming a lawyer, Kate obtained a first class honours degree in English Literature and French from the University of Oxford.
Advising AstraZeneca plc on its $39bn acquisition of NASDAQ-listed Alexion, Inc., the largest US acquisition of 2020
Advising Smiths Group plc on the carve out and corporate aspects of the disposal of its medical division to ICU Medical for $2.8bn
Advising Cazoo Group Ltd on its de-SPAC and US listing, and various bolt-on M&A transactions
Advising DWS Infrastructure on its takeover of Stagecoach plc, following a competitive process
Advising Comcast Corporation on its takeover of Sky plc for £30bn, following a competitive public auction with 21st Century Fox
Advising Getir on the acquisition of Gorillas for cash and equity worth $1.2bn
Advising AB InBev on the disposal of its Australian brewery business and related IP licensing arrangements to Asahi for $11bn
Advising AstraZeneca plc on its £3.5bn equity placing via an accelerated book build process, the largest undocumented equity raise in Europe ever
Advising Macquarie’s Infrastructure fund on the takeover of KCOM Group plc, following a competitive public auction
Advising DNO ASA on its hostile takeover of Faroe Petroleum plc
Advising Laird plc, a FTSE 250 technology and engineering company, on its takeover by Advent International
Advising Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, a NASDAQ-100 company, on various tech acquisitions
Advising BT on its £12.5bn purchase of EE mobile from Deutsche Telekom and Orange and its corporate restructuring and regulatory response following the digital market review by Ofcom which imposed greater separation of BT from Openreach, its broadband infrastructure division
Advising CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of QA Group from funds managed by Bregal Capital and various of its founders