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Claire Coppel



Coppel Claire
Claire Coppel



Claire is a corporate finance expert and advises a range of clients on private and public M&A, equity capital markets transactions, corporate governance and shareholder activism. In 2018, Claire was shortlisted for Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards in the Corporate Rising Star category.

Claire spent six months on secondment to Allen & Overy’s Dubai office in 2011.

"Claire is particularly strong in her technical abilities and her understanding of how legal matters relate to real business issues and situations - giving strong legal and pragmatic support" - Legal 500 UK 2021 (Corporate Governance)

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • Allianz SE on its GBP 1bn retail insurance joint venture with Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited and its subsequent buy-out of LVFS’s interest in the JV in 2017 and 2019.
  • Aviva plc on the EUR800m disposal of its general and life insurance businesses in Italy to Allianz SE and CNP respectively in 2021.
  • Calisen plc on its GBP 1.4bn recommended takeover by a Blackrock and Goldman Sachs-led consortium in 2021.
  • Man Group plc and TP ICAP plc on their respective redomiciles to Jersey, involving a new admission to trading and an internal corporate and governance reorganisation in 2019 and 2021.
  • Samsung Life Insurance on the acquisition of a minority interest in, and its USD1bn seed capital commitment to, Savills Investment Management, a global real estate investment manager.
  • Sirius Minerals plc on the recommended GBP 400m takeover of it by Anglo American plc in 2020.
  • SGS SA on its acquisition of Synlab’s Analytics and Services division in 2020.
  • Sumo Group plc on its equity placing and subsequent acquisition of Pipeworks Inc in 2020.
  • Virgin Atlantic on its 2020 GBP 1.2bn recapitalisation plan and Virgin Active on its 2021 restructuring plan, both under the new Part 26A Companies Act restructuring plan regime.
  • Virgin Money Holdings (UK) plc on its GBP 4.4bn merger with CYBG plc.

News & insights

sanitary ware

News: 14 JUNE 2021

Allen & Overy advises Roca Group on the acquisition of SANIT

Allen & Overy has advised the Roca Group, a world leader in the design, production and marketing of products for the bathroom space, in connection with the acquisition of the German manufacturer…

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News: 11 JUNE 2021

A&O advising Exponent on the sale of BBI Healthcare

Allen & Overy is advising Exponent Private Equity (Exponent) on its agreement to sell BBI Healthcare (BBIH) to Venture Life Group plc (Venture Life).

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First firm to launch forum to support aspiring women in institutional investor market

News: 08 JUNE 2021

First firm to launch forum to support aspiring women in institutional investor market

A&O is the first law firm to launch a networking and mentoring forum for aspiring women in the global institutional investor market.

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News: 28 MAY 2021

A&O advises Samsung Life Insurance in equity investment and seed capital deal with Savills Investment Management

LONDON – Allen & Overy advised Samsung Life Insurance (Samsung Life) in its strategic alliance with Savills Investment Management (Savills IM). The deal involves the acquisition of a minority stake in…

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Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2011


BA Hons, Classics and Modern Languages, Oxford University, 2007

LLB, College of Law (London), 2009

Pro-bono experience

  • Supported the Commercial Awareness Workshop during Smart Start 2019 and provided mentoring to a Smart Start student.

Experience highlights


Published work

  • Coppel C G & Hitchins S (2020) "A&O Decision Insight: FCA fines PDMR for failing to notify personal share dealing under MAR", Thomson Reuters.