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About Y. Regina Erie

Regina specialises in executive compensation, share plans and corporate governance, with a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional issues.

She advises on the executive compensation and share plan aspects of international transactions and is experienced in both public and private mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Her advisory work has included negotiation of executive hires and terminations, design and implementation of compensation schemes, and compliance with corporate governance requirements for a range of U.S. and U.K. public and private companies.

Prior to joining Freshfields, Regina practised in the New York office of Shearman & Sterling LLP, and also spent two years in Beijing where she focused on SEC-registered and exempt securities offerings.

Recent work

Regina's experience includes advising:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Parker-Hannifin Corporation on its £6.3 billion recommended cash acquisition of Meggitt PLC;
  • DNO ASA on its successful hostile takeover bid for Faroe Petroleum;
  • Barrick Gold Corporation on its US$18 billion merger with Randgold Resources Limited;
  • Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin SCA on its recommended all-cash offer for London-listed Fenner plc;
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev on its £79 billion merger with SABMiller;
  • Henderson Group plc on its all-share merger with Janus Capital Group Inc. and the related post-merger share plan and compensation matters;
  • Aberdeen Asset Management PLC on its £11 billion merger with Standard Life plc;
  • A leading multinational specialty chemicals company on its US$5 billion spinoff and the preparatory carve-out steps;
  • A leading online real estate company on a stock-for-stock acquisition valued at US$3.5 billion; and
  • Private equity firms on their acquisitions and disposals of portfolio companies.

Capital Markets

  • Trainline and its majority shareholder KKR on its IPO and London listing;
  • Vivo Energy on its IPO and London and Johannesburg dual listing, the first dual IPO on those exchanges;
  • Bakkavor on its IPO and London listing;
  • Phoenix Group Holdings on share plan issues in connection with its rights issue to raise £735 million; and
  • A leading commercial bank in China on its US$22.1 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S global IPO and dual listing of H shares and A shares, the world’s largest-ever IPO at the time of listing.


  • FTSE 100 companies on directors’ remuneration and share scheme matters;
  • U.K.-incorporated, U.S.-listed companies on U.K. and U.S. governance, remuneration and executive employment issues;
  • Private equity firms on designing of incentive structures for portfolio companies;
  • U.S. domestic issuers on registration statements, periodic filings, proxy statements and other compliance matters; and
  • Asia- and Europe-based foreign private issuers on their SEC disclosure and governance obligations.


Regina received her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the Editor-in-Chief of Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Cornell University.

Regina is admitted to practice in New York State.