Katie Cotton

I read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then converted to law. I completed my training contract at Jones Day and moved to Orrick in 2008. I was promoted to Partner in the M&A and Private Equity team in January 2020.

The focus of my practice is acting for buyers and sellers of technology companies and for technology companies seeking an exit through an IPO on the public markets. I am a leading adviser for entrepreneurs and investors seeking to sell UK technology businesses to major international trade buyers. Recent transactions include acting for Michelin on its acquisition of the Masternaut Group; for App-DNA on its sale to Citrix; for Tails.com on its sale to Nestle Purina; for OneFlow Systems on its sale to HP, Inc.; for Cloudpipes on its sale to QuickBase; and on confidential sales of UK technology companies to some of the world’s largest tech giants. Public company transactions include the IPO of Cerillion PLC and the acquisition by Amryt Pharma PLC of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. I have also advised the FIA on its interest in the Formula E series since its inception in 2013.

Alongside technology, Orrick’s other key area of focus is the energy sector. I advised CDC Group on its $380m public offer in Zambia for Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC; Infracapital on its investment in Bioenergy Infrastructure Group ; and Bioenergy Infrastructure Group on its subsequent investment in the first waste-to-energy plant to utilise the UK Government’s contracts for difference regime.