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Elizabeth A. Cooper
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Recognized as a 2019 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, Elizabeth Cooper’s diverse practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Elizabeth regularly represents private equity sponsors, financial institutions, and public and private companies in a broad range of mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, recapitalizations and other business combination transactions. Her M&A clients have included Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR, Oaktree, MassMutual and People’s United. Elizabeth was also recently included on The Deal’s inaugural “Women in M&A: The Powerhouse 20” list, recognized by Crain’s as a “Notable Woman in Law” for 2019 and named “Private Equity Lawyer of the Year” at The Deal Awards in 2018.

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Work Highlights
  • Blackstone in its $20 billion partnership with Thomson Reuters for Thomson’s Financial and Risk Business, its acquisitions of Harvest Fund Advisors and Clarus (a life sciences investment firm), its recapitalization of SERVPRO, in which Blackstone’s Core Private Equity strategy acquired a majority stake in SERVPRO, its acquisition of PSAV, its acquisition and sale of Allied Barton, its sale of Optiv and its acquisitions of BioMed Realty Trust, Service King and Tradesmen International
  • Oaktree Capital Management in its announced sale of 62% of the Oaktree business to Brookfield Asset Management and its transaction to assume the management of Fifth Street Finance Corp. and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp.
  • KKR in its acquisition of Avoca Capital and investments in Focus Financial, PURE Insurance and Santander Consumer USA, as well as KKR and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in their joint acquisition of USI Insurance Services
  • First Data in its announced $22 billion merger with Fiserv to create one of the world’s leading payments and financial technology providers 
  • MassMutual in its announced $5.7 billion sale of OppenheimerFunds to Invesco 
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition and partial divestiture of The TCW Group and its investment in Sandler O’Neill + Partners
  • Fifth Third Bancorp in its $4.7 billion merger with MB Financial
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 diverse practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, recapitalizations and other corporate transactions. 

Select M&A transactions on behalf of private equity sponsors include:

  • Blackstone in its $20 billion partnership with Thomson Reuters for Thomson’s Financial and Risk Business, its acquisitions of Harvest Fund Advisors and Clarus (a life sciences investment firm), its recapitalization of SERVPRO, in which Blackstone’s Core Private Equity strategy acquired a majority stake in SERVPRO, its acquisition of PSAV, its acquisition and sale of Allied Barton, its sale of Optiv and its acquisitions of BioMed Realty Trust, Service King and Tradesmen International
  • Oaktree Capital Management in its announced sale of 62% of the Oaktree business to Brookfield Asset Management and its transaction to assume the management of Fifth Street Finance Corp. and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp.
  • KKR in its acquisition of Avoca Capital and investments in Focus Financial, PURE Insurance and Santander Consumer USA, 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 and its investment in Sandler O’Neill + Partners

Recent strategic M&A transactions on which Elizabeth has advised include:

  • First Data in its announced $22 billion merger with Fiserv to create one of the world’s leading payments and financial technology providers 
  • Tyco International in its merger with Johnson Controls and Johnson Controls in the sale of its Power Solutions business to Brookfield
  • MassMutual in its announced $5.7 billion sale of OppenheimerFunds to Invesco
  • Fifth Third Bancorp in its $4.7 billion merger with MB Financial
  • Synovus in its $2.9 billion acquisition of FCB Financial Holdings
  • People’s United Financial in its acquisitions of First Connecticut Bancorp, Gerstein Fisher, Suffolk Bancorp, Danvers Bancorp, Smithtown Bancorp, River Bank and Financial Federal Corporation
  • KeyCorp in its $4.1 billion acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group
  • SunGard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services
  • NXP Semiconductors in its $40 billion merger with Freescale Semiconductor
  • Xerox Corporation in its $6.4 billion acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services

Elizabeth is also a leading lawyer to alternative asset management firms. She has been involved in structuring, negotiating and executing multiple minority investments in private equity firms, including representing each of New Mountain, Bridgepoint, Rockpoint, Clearlake Capital, TPG Sixth Street Partners, Riverstone, TSG Consumer Partners and HIG in a sale of a minority interest to an investor.

In addition, Elizabeth 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. 

Named a 2019 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, Elizabeth was recognized for her work on Blackstone’s $20 billion partnership with Thomson Reuters for Refinitiv (the former Financial & Risk business). Elizabeth was also recently included on The Deal’s inaugural “Women in M&A: The Powerhouse 20” list and profiled as a “Notable Woman in Law” by Crain’s New York. Elizabeth was named “Private Equity Lawyer of the Year” at The Deal Awards in 2018. In addition, she was also named an “MVP” for M&A in 2015 by Law360 and 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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