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About Alexis Hopwood

Alexis acts on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, joint ventures and other corporate advisory and transactional matters for a range of listed and non-listed corporate and institutional clients.

She has varied sector experience across a number of jurisdictions, but her particular focus is on financial institutions.

In the course of her career at Freshfields, Alexis has spent time on secondment to a leading boutique investment advisory firm, where she worked on the financial and legal aspects of a variety of transactions. 

She has also spent time on secondment to the firm's Hong Kong office.

Recent work

  • Advising Prudential UK on the sale of its joint venture stake in its health and protection business to Discovery.
  • Advising ING Bank on its disposal of ING Direct, its UK direct banking business, to Barclays Bank.
  • Advising Simon Property Group on: its joint venture with the McArthurGlen group; and the acquisition, through a joint venture, of an interest in a number of designer outlet centres in Europe and Canada and in McArthurGlen's property management and development arm.
  • Advising Swiss Re on its acquisition of a portfolio of life policies and £1.6bn of assets from Alico, a subsidiary of the MetLife Group.
  • Advising the London Stock Exchange Group on its acquisition from Pearson of its stake in FTSE International.
  • Advising Marsh on the acquisition by MMC UK Group of HSBC Insurance Brokers Holdings from HSBC.
  • Advising Gartmore Group on its initial public offering and subsequent takeover by Henderson Group.




  • BPP Law School, UK (legal practice course, 2006-07)
  • Nottingham Law School, UK (graduate diploma in law (2005-06)
  • Bristol University, UK (BSc, 2002-05)