Jonathan Cooklin
  1. Partner

Mr. Cooklin is a partner in Davis Polk’s Tax Department, practicing in the London office. He 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 of advising insurance groups and on restructuring of distressed groups.

He is a dual-qualified lawyer and chartered accountant.

Work Highlights

Public M&A
  • 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 of 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 M&A
  • 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


  • Chambers Global, Europe and UK – Tax, Band 1
  • Who's Who Legal – Corporate Tax, Advisory
  • ILO Client Choice Awards – UK Corporate Tax, 2016

Of Note

  • Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Taxation
  • Member, International Tax Sub-Committee and Tax Law Committee, The Law Society

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2012-present
  • Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 2001-2012

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


  • B.A., University of Cambridge, 1986
    • Trinity Hall
  • M.A., University of Cambridge, 1990
    • Trinity Hall