Caroline’s practice spans a broad range of corporate work with a particular emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. She has advised companies and investment banks in numerous takeovers, international mergers and acquisitions, international share issues, initial public offerings, flotations, rights issues and placings.
Caroline has also advised on a number of cross-border transactions and complicated international joint ventures, as well as providing strategic advice to company boards on corporate governance issues.
A former head of the firm’s Corporate division for five years, Caroline provides expert advice to our mergers and acquisitions practice, as well as to the UK Government. Her solid record of success has led to her being recommended for many years by Chambers United Kingdom as a leading lawyer for corporate finance (larger deals), and by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A.
Caroline has advised:
- Koninklijke Hoogovens in connection with its £3 billion merger with British Steel plc to create Corus
- Allied Colloids on contested hostile bids from Hercules Inc (£1.2 billion) and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (£1.4 billion)
- Lazard Brothers & Co (now Lazard Ltd), financial adviser to Electra Investment (now Electra Private Equity), on a £1.25 billion hostile bid for Electra by 3i Group and alternative proposals by Electra for a share buyback and related restructuring
- the UK Government on the commercialisation of the Post Office and ongoing issues in relation to Royal Mail, including its debt and equity refinancing and restructuring in 2007
- SkyB on its £800 million initial public offering and subsequent £560 million secondary offering of shares, and on its US$800 million Guaranteed Debt Securities Programme
Caroline is a member of the Law Society’s Company Law Committee and in that capacity has been involved in discussions with the UK Department of Trade and Industry on drafting and implementing the Companies Act 2006. She is also a member of the CBI Companies Committee.
From 2005 to 2008, Caroline was an Associate Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and a member of the College’s Governing Body.
Caroline previously spent five years as head of Herbert Smith’s Corporate division.