Sophie Allen is a Partner based in the London office of Morrison & Foerster and is a member of the Tax Group. Her practice focuses on UK and international tax aspects of Private Equity and M&A transactions.

Sophie has been in the Private Equity industry for nearly 20 years and advises on all tax aspects of investments and divestments. She advises Private Equity houses and corporates on all aspects of the transaction cycle and works closely with principals, management and their advisers. Her advice includes restructuring, debt finance and capital markets transactions as well as fund, carry, management incentive and co-investment arrangements.

Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Sophie was a partner of EY and Kirkland & Ellis.

Sophie is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

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Experience

  • Advising on the c.$4 billion 60% acquisition and carve out of the Kantar group from WPP.

    Advising on the €2.3bn acquisition of Securitas Direct.

    Advising on the $1.3bn acquisition of Atento from Telefonica.

  • Advising on the €400 million refinancing of the OVH group.

    Advising on the acquisitions of (i) Bosal, (ii) Schweighofer Fiber, (iii) Infopro; (iv) Van Dijk; and (v) Jimmy Choo businesses.

    Advising on their investments in (v) Aernnova, (vi) OVH and (vii) Gravity Media Group businesses.

    Advising on the disposals of (viii) AIM Aviation and (ix) Van Geloven businesses.

  • Advising a private equity house on its investments in the (i) Viroclinics ; (ii) Dentalpro; (iii) Advanced Medical; (iv) IVC; (v) Masternaut; (vi) Bigpoint; (vii) Ogone; (viii) Flow traders and (ix) Multifonds businesses.

  • Advising PAI Partners on the acquisition of the Albea group.

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