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Elizabeth A. Cooper
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-3407
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Elizabeth Cooper’s diverse practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with an emphasis on banks and other financial institutions. Her range of M&A clients has included Blackstone, KKR, Carlyle, People’s United, Charles Schwab, Xerox, Oak Hill Capital Partners, Lightyear Capital and Mellon Financial. She also represented the U.S. Treasury in connection with structuring its program for purchasing equity in U.S. financial institutions under TARP. In 2015, Elizabeth was named an “MVP” for M&A by Law360, and cited by Chambers as being “among the next generation of elite lawyers.” 

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Work Highlights
  • KeyCorp in its $4.1 billion acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.
  • SunGard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
  • People’s United Financial in its acquisitions of Gerstein Fisher, Suffolk Bancorp, Danvers Bancorp, Smithtown Bancorp Inc., River Bank and Financial Federal Corporation
  • Blackstone in 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 
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of The TCW Group, Inc. and its investment in Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P.
  • The Charles Schwab Corporation in its $1 billion acquisition of optionsXpress Holdings, Inc.
  • U.S. Treasury in structuring its $250 billion program for purchasing equity in U.S. financial institutions under TARP and its equity investments in Citigroup and Bank of America
Education
  • Columbia Law School, 2001 J.D.
    James Kent Scholar
  • Harvard University, 1997 A.B.
    cum laude
Admissions
  • New York 2002

Elizabeth A. Cooper is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. Elizabeth’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with an emphasis on transactions for banks and other financial institutions. 

Representative M&A transactions in the financial services area on which Elizabeth has advised include:  

  • KeyCorp in its $4.1 billion acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.
  • SunGard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
  • 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
  • IBERIABANK in its acquisition of Sabadell United Bank
  • People’s United Financial in its acquisitions of Suffolk Bancorp, Danvers Bancorp, Smithtown Bancorp Inc., River Bankand Financial Federal Corporation
  • The Charles Schwab Corporation in its $1 billion acquisition of optionsXpress Holdings, Inc.
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of The TCW Group, Inc. and its investment in Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P.
  • Lehman Brothers in the sale of its North American Investment Bank to Barclays Capital
  • Wachovia Corporation in its $6.8 billion acquisition of A.G. Edwards
  • Mellon Financial Corporation in connection with its $16.8 billion merger with The Bank of New York Company, Inc.

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:

  • 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

Other M&A transactions on which Elizabeth has advised include:

  • Blackstone in 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
  • Tyco International plc in its merger with Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. in its $40 billion merger with Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd.
  • Avantor Inc. in its acquisition of VWR Corporation for approximately $6.4 billion in cash
  • Xerox Corporation in its $6.4 billion acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.

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 has been 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. In addition, she was named a 2015 Rising Star by New York Law Journal, as well as the “Up & Coming  Regulatory Lawyer of the Year” at the inaugural Chambers USA Women in Law Awards. 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.

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