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Elizabeth A. Cooper

Elizabeth A. Cooper

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

New York, NY, USA


Elizabeth A. Cooper is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department and serves as one of the Firm’s Hiring Partners. Elizabeth’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, with an emphasis on transactions for banks and other financial institutions. 

Representative M&A transactions in the financial services area on which Elizabeth has advised include:  

  • KeyCorp in its $4.1 billion acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.
  • SunGard in its $9.1 billion sale to Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
  • KKR in its acquisition of Avoca Capital and investments in Focus Financial and PURE Insurance, as well as KKR and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in their joint acquisition of USI Insurance Services
  • IBERIABANK in its acquisition of Sabadell United Bank
  • People’s United Financial in its acquisitions of Suffolk Bancorp, Danvers Bancorp, Smithtown Bancorp Inc., River Bankand Financial Federal Corporation
  • The Charles Schwab Corporation in its $1 billion acquisition of optionsXpress Holdings, Inc.
  • The Carlyle Group in its acquisition of The TCW Group, Inc. and its investment in Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P.
  • Lehman Brothers in the sale of its North American Investment Bank to Barclays Capital
  • Wachovia Corporation in its $6.8 billion acquisition of A.G. Edwards
  • Mellon Financial Corporation in connection with its $16.8 billion merger with The Bank of New York Company, Inc.

Elizabeth also represented the U.S. Treasury in connection with structuring and documenting its $250 billion program for purchasing equity in U.S. financial institutions under TARP and in connection with its equity investments in Citigroup and Bank of America. 

Elizabeth has been named an “MVP” for M&A in 2015 by Law360, highlighting her involvement in a number of the year’s most complex and prominent transactions. In addition, she was named a 2015 Rising Star by New York Law Journal, as well as the “Up & Coming  Regulatory Lawyer of the Year” at the inaugural Chambers USA Women in Law Awards. She has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2011 and described as being “widely tipped to be among the next generation of elite lawyers.”

Elizabeth joined Simpson Thacher following her graduation in 2001 from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar. She received her A.B., cum laude, in 1997 from Harvard University. She is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the Association of the Bar of New York City.

Elizabeth A. Cooper is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment M&A Update Part I - Banking M&A - Banking Law Institute 2018, Friday, December 07, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Banking Law Institute 2018, Friday, December 07, 2018, New York, NY
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio M&A Update Part I - Banking M&A - M&A Update Part I - Banking M&A, Friday, December 07, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg M&A Update Part I - Banking M&A - M&A Update Part I - Banking M&A, Friday, December 07, 2018
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