Katie Cotton



Katie advises corporates, investors and investment banks on a range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity financings on the public markets, joint ventures and strategic investments.

She has particular focus on the international technology sector and regularly advises founders and corporates on ‘exits’ by way of sales to trade or private equity purchasers or offerings on the public markets. She has experience of acting on sales to many of the largest global technology companies. Recent transactions include advising Tails.com on its sale to Nestlé; advising DogBuddy on its sale to Rover; advising Stratto on its sale to Digital Colony; advising Cerillion PLC on its initial public offering on AIM; and advising creditshelf on its initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Katie also has significant experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, recently including advising CDC Group on its $380m public offer for Copperbelt Energy Corporation; advising Bioenergy Infrastructure Group on its investments in UK waste-to-energy plants; and advising InfraCapital on its purchase of WightFibre.

    • Advised Marlin Equity Partners on closing its acquisition of a minority interest in SmartCredit Limited (t/a "SmartSearch").
    • Advised Cerillion PLC on its initial public offering on AIM.
    • Advised Infracapital on its investment in Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited (BIG) and BIG's subsequent investment in the first waste-to-energy plant to utilise the U.K. Government's contracts for difference regime.
    • Represented Canal+ Group, the leading pay-TV company in France, in the sale of their majority stake in Poland’s largest broadcaster TVN group to U.S. media group Scripps Networks Interactive.
    • Advised Notting Hill Housing Group on a joint venture with Sellar Property Group in the acquisition for the development of a seven-acre site in Canada Water.
    • Represented Trinity Mirror plc on the sale of various non-core digital businesses.
    • Represented the shareholders of Comufy on its sale to King Digital Entertainment.
    • Advised the FIA on the establishment of the Formula E series.
    • Advised Michelin on its acquisition of Masternaut Group.   
    • Advised Cloudpipes Group Ltd and its shareholders on the completion of its sale to Quickbase UK.