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Claire Coppel



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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

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News: 20 OCTOBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Bridgepoint on the acquisition of a majority stake in PTV Group from Porsche SE

Allen & Overy has advised private equity house Bridgepoint on the acquisition of a majority stake in PTV Group ("PTV"), a leading global software company for traffic simulation and planning as well as…

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News: 19 OCTOBER 2021

A&O advising Zopa on its USD300 million fundraising led by Softbank Vision Fund 2

Allen & Overy is advising digital bank Zopa on its latest round of fundraising. The bank, which was the world’s first peer-to-peer lender and is one of the UK’s newest digital banks, has raised…

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News: 15 OCTOBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises OEP’s Spanish portfolio company VASS on its merger with German IT consulting firm Ecenta AG

Allen & Overy has advised VASS Consultoría de Sistemas S.L., the Madrid-based portfolio company of US private equity investor One Equity Partners (OEP) which specialises in Customer Experience…

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Publications: 27 JULY 2021

The Market Abuse Regulation: the First Five Years

This month marks five years since the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014/EU) (EU MAR), which has recently been retained into UK law following the expiry of the Brexit transition period (UK MAR), came…

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Corporate and M&A



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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

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Experience highlights

Pro-bono experience

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


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.