Elizabeth A. Cooper is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Elizabeth’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.
Recent M&A transactions on which Elizabeth has advised include:
- Blackstone in its $20 billion partnership with Thomson Reuters for Thomson’s Financial and Risk Business, its acquisition of PSAV, its acquisition and sale of Allied Barton, its sale of Optiv and its acquisitions of BioMed Realty Trust (the largest private equity buyout of a U.S. public company in 2015), Service King and Tradesmen International
- KKR in its acquisition of Avoca Capital and investments in Focus Financial and PURE Insurance, as well as KKR and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in their joint acquisition of USI Insurance Services
- Sedgwick in its $6.7 billion proposed sale to funds affiliated with Carlyle and Stone Point Capital and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
- The Carlyle Group in its acquisition and partial divestiture of The TCW Group, Inc. and its investment in Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P.
- NXP Semiconductors N.V. in its $40 billion merger with Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd.
- People’s United Financial in its acquisitions of First Connecticut Bancorp, Gerstein Fisher, Suffolk Bancorp, Danvers Bancorp, Smithtown Bancorp Inc., River Bank and Financial Federal Corporation
- Avantor Inc. in its acquisition of VWR Corporation for approximately $6.4 billion in cash
Elizabeth is a leading lawyer to alternative asset management firms and has been involved in structuring, negotiating and executing multiple minority investments in private equity firms, including:
- Rockpoint in sale of a minority interest to Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings
- Clearlake in the sale of a minority interest to affiliates of Dyal Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Petershill program and existing partner Landmark Partners
- Riverstone Holdings in the sale of a minority interest to Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Petershill fund
- TSSP in the sale of a minority interest to Dyal Capital Partners
- TSG Consumer Partners in the sale of minority interest to Wafra Partners
- HIG Capital in the sale of minority interest to Dyal Capital Partners
Elizabeth also represented the U.S. Treasury in connection with structuring and documenting its $250 billion program for purchasing equity in U.S. financial institutions under TARP and in connection with its equity investments in Citigroup and Bank of America.
Elizabeth was named “Private Equity Lawyer of the Year” at The Deal Awards 2018. She was also named an “MVP” for M&A in 2015 by Law360, highlighting her involvement in a number of the year’s most complex and prominent transactions. She has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2011 and described as being “widely tipped to be among the next generation of elite lawyers.”
Elizabeth joined Simpson Thacher following her graduation in 2001 from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar. She received her A.B., cum laude, in 1997 from Harvard University. She is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the Association of the Bar of New York City.
- Columbia Law School, 2001 J.D.
- James Kent Scholar
- Harvard University, 1997 A.B.
- cum laude
Admissions : New York 2002
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