Catherine Drinnan is a partner in the firm’s London office. Ms. Drinnan advises clients on employment law, pensions law, and the HR and pensions aspects of corporate, finance, and outsourcing deals.

Ms. Drinnan advises on the full spectrum of employment and pensions issues including:

  • Recruitment and severance
  • Downsizing
  • Discrimination claims
  • Employee consultation
  • Works council
  • Trade union issues
  • UK Pensions Regulator clearance applications
  • Pension plan de-risking

She has particular experience in advising on transfers of undertakings and cross-border acquisitions. Her clients praise her “helpful professionalism” on substantial corporate transactions.

Ms. Drinnan represents both issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings. She also has significant experience advising on initial public offerings.

Issuer Representation

  • Fiverr   
  • TI Fluid Systems 

Ms. Drinnan's experience includes advising:

  • OMERS, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, on Northvolt’s US$2.75 billion funding round
  • Centricus Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company, on its US$1 billion business combination with Arqit, a London-based developer of a quantum encryption platform
  • Easybrain, a leading mobile game developer with a core focus on puzzle and logic games, in its acquisition by Embracer Group
  • Bridgepoint in its acquisitionof a majority stake in Kyriba Corporation, a developer of cloud-based treasury management software solutions
  • Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding on the transaction of Apparel & Advanced Textiles business of INVISTA, a producer of chemical intermediates, polymers, and fibers
  • Platinum Equity on its acquisition of the European vacation rental business of Wyndham Worldwide, a provider of hospitality services and related products
  • Theramex, a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to women’s healthcare, in connection with the US$703 million acquisition by CVC Capital Partners of women’s healthcare assets from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
  • Bibby Offshore Services Plc, a British-based provider of offshore and subsea services, in connection with its debt restructuring
  • Thomas Cook providing general representation as well as:
    • Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCAB), a Belgium-based leisure airline, on its sale to Brussels Airlines, a subsidiary of Lufthansa
    • Thomas Cook Group of Gold Medal Travel Group, UK-based tours and travels operator, on the sale to dnata
  • Broadcom:
    • On the acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, a provider of data storage networking and application infrastructure management solutions
    • On the acquisition of CA Technologies Limited, a B2B developer of systems software and applications software for computing, virtual machine, cloud computing environments, mobile devices, and IoT
  • CVC Capital Partners and a consortium led by Blackstone on its £2.96 billion offer for Paysafe Group plc, a leading global provider of end to end payment solutions. The deal represents the largest public-to-private deal under the UK Takeover Code since 2010
  • Chevron on the disposal of its shares and related interests in Chevron South Africa and Chevron Botswana
  • ACCO Brands Corporation in connection with its €296.9 million acquisition of Esselte Group from private equity firm J.W. Childs
  • ViaSat Inc. in connection with its joint venture with Eutelsat Communications to combine Eutelsat’s current European broadband business with ViaSat’s industry-leading broadband technologies and consumer Internet Service Provider business expertise
  • Cerner Corporation on the employment and pensions aspects of its acquisition of the Health Information Technology Business Unit of Siemens
  • A global retail and investment bank head-quartered in the UK on the significant global employment and pensions aspects of its ground-breaking deal to outsource to one provider a dedicated center services on-demand
  • Goss Graphics Corporation on the restructuring of its UK business and pension schemes
  • Jacuzzi, Inc. on the pensions aspects of the sale of part of its UK business
  • A manufacturing client in connection with the closure of its defined benefit pension scheme to future accrual
  • Ares Management Limited on its day to day employment issues, including the severance package of one of its executive directors
  • A British multinational insurance company on the global outsourcing of its voice and data communications networks and technology
  • The Carlyle Group and The Nature’s Bounty Co. on the £1.77 billion sale of Holland & Barrett, one of Europe’s largest health and wellness retailers

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LPC, College of Law, London, 2000
  • LLB (Hons), University of Manchester, 1999