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Jonathan Cooklin


Focuses on corporate tax and corporate tax planning. Advises on the UK tax aspects of the full spectrum of corporate transactions. Lawyer and chartered accountant.

Jonathan’s practice concentrates on corporate tax and corporate tax planning, including tax aspects of corporate finance and private equity work, public and private mergers and acquisitions, demergers, joint ventures, reconstructions, equity and debt capital markets transactions, and cross-border transactions. He also has considerable experience advising insurance groups and on restructuring of distressed groups.

Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Chambers UK recognize Jonathan as a Band 1 UK tax lawyer. Sources quoted by Chambers say he is “highly responsive, pragmatic and client-orientated,” as well as “smart and careful.”

He is a lawyer and chartered accountant.


Experience highlights

Public Mergers & Acquisitions
  • A.P. Moller – Maersk on its demerger and $3.6 billion Nasdaq Copenhagen listing of Maersk Drilling
  • Comcast on its £30.6 billion competitive takeover offer for Sky
  • Dialog Semiconductor on its:
    • $4.6 billion aborted acquisition of Atmel
    • $5 billion proposed merger with AMS
  • Markit on its $13 billion merger with IHS
  • Charles Taylor on its £261 million takeover by Lovell Minnick
  • Mereo BioPharma on its $57.4 million combination with OncoMed Pharmaceuticals
  • Nuvei on its $889 million takeover of SafeCharge
  • Temenos on its £1.4 billion takeover offer for Fidessa
  • Technip on its $17 billion merger with FMC Technologies
  • The financial advisers to Verizon Communications on its $130 billion acquisition of 45% of Verizon Wireless from Vodafone
Private Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Aetna on its acquisition of InterGlobal from investors led by Alchemy Partners, ARM Holdings on its acquisition of Sensinode, and Lydall on its acquisition of Andrew Industries' filtration business
  • Antares Holdings, a Lloyd's insurance company, on its sale by an affiliated investment fund of Lightyear Capital and others to Qatar Insurance
  • A.P. Møller – Mærsk on its $7.45 billion disposal of Maersk Oil to Total
  • Genuine Parts on its $2 billion acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group from Blackstone and others
  • MasterCard on its £700 million acquisition of a 92.4% stake in VocaLink
  • Morgan Stanley on the sale of its Global Oil Merchanting Business
  • Natura on its €1 billion acquisition of The Body Shop from L’Oréal
  • Verisk Analytics on its:
    • £250 million acquisition of Sequel from Hg Capital and others
    • £1.85 billion acquisition of Wood MacKenzie from Hellman & Fredman and others
  • Temenos on its €235 million acquisition of Multifords from Summit Partners and others
  • TeliaSonera on its $1.03 billion sale of its 60.4% ownership in Ncell to Axiata Group
  • Telia Company on its $215 million sale of interest in FE Coscom to the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Capital Markets
  • IPOs by Abengoa Yield, Charter Court Financial, ContourGlobal, Gates Industrial, Hudson, Manchester United, OneSavings Bank, Orchard Therapeutics, Oxford Immunotec and WizzAir
  • Debt offerings by Aon, BBA Aviation, British American Tobacco, Crédit Agricole, Endava, FedEx, Ferguson, GE Capital, IHS Markit, LYB International, Ocado, Société Générale and The Royal Bank of Scotland
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Tax Themes in Acquisition Financing



Chambers Global, Europe and UK – Tax, Band 1

Legal 500 UK – Corporate Tax

Who's Who Legal – Corporate Tax, Advisory

ILO Client Choice Awards – UK Corporate Tax, 2016

M.A., University of Cambridge
  • Trinity Hall
B.A., University of Cambridge
  • Trinity Hall
Professional history
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2012-present
  • Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 2001-2012
Qualifications and admissions
  • England and Wales
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