Elizabeth Cooper

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Elizabeth Cooper

Elizabeth Cooper

Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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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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Education
JD, James KENT Scholar
Class of 2001

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

AB, cum laude
Class of 1997

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

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The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Career History
Partner
2001 - Current

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provides legal services. Established in 1884, the firm provides coordinated legal advice on corporate transactions and litigation matters in industries which include financial services, insurance, power and natural resources, consumer products, services, technology, telecommunications, media, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Cross-border finance, banking and bank regulation, mergers and acquisitions, securities issuance and regulation, project and asset based finance, real estate, asset management, joint ventures, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution are important aspects of the firm's practice.

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Victory Capital Holdings, Inc. purchases Usaa Asset Management Co. from USAA, Inc.

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Invesco Ltd. purchases Oppenheimer Funds from Fortis Lux Financial, Inc.

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Blackstone Corporate Private Equity purchases Servpro Industries, Inc.

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2002
Admitted to the New York Bar
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