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About Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper is a partner based in our London Global Transactions Practice.

Kate acts for international corporate and FTSE100 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, Consumer and Healthcare.

Kate’s recent transactions include advising Comcast on its $39bn public acquisition of Sky plc following a competitive process against 21st Century Fox; advising AstraZeneca on its $3.5bn equity placing, one of the largest European undocumented equity raisings ever; advising easyJet on its acquisition of assets out of the Thomas Cook liquidation; and advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on its acquisition of KCOM Group, a UK broadband provider.

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.

Kate recently co-authored the 2019 UK Chambers guide to shareholder rights and shareholder activism:

https://practiceguides.chambers.com/practice-guides/shareholders-rights-shareholder-activism-2019/uk

Recent work

  • Advising Comcast Corporation on its public takeover of Sky plc for £30bn, following a competitive public auction with 21st Century Fox
  • 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
  • Advising MEIF 6 Fibre Limited (a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 SCSp) on the recommended public takeover of KCOM Group plc, following a competitive public auction
  • Advising DNO ASA on its hostile public takeover of Faroe Petroleum plc
  • Advising Laird plc, a FTSE 250 technology and engineering company, on its recommended public takeover by Advent International for £1bn
  • Advising Cognizant on its acquisition of MeritSoft, a founder-led market leading fintech software supplier to financial institutions
  • Advising Cognizant on its acquisition of Zone Limited, a UK-based founder owned digital marketing agency
  • Advising BT on its £12.5bn purchase of EE mobile from Deutsche Telekom and Orange
  • Advising BT on 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 (the UK’s leading provider of IT education and software skills training) from funds managed by Bregal Capital and various of its founders
  • Advising easyJet plc on its acquisition of airport landing slots from Thomas Cook plc (in liquidation) and on easyJet’s corporate restructuring for the purpose of continuing its European flying operations following Brexit

Qualifications

2020 - Present: Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

2014 - 2020: Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

2008 - 2014: Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

2006 - 2008: Trainee, Freshfields Bruckhuas Deringer

2003 - 2005: Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Certificate, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice

1999 - 2003: BA (Hons) English Literature and French, The Queen's College, University of Oxford