Catherine Drinnan is praised by sources as a "very level-headed and very intelligent and approachable" practitioner. She is "always at the end of the phone and always there when you need her."Chambers UK 2015 and 2016

Catherine Drinnan

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

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

Ms. Drinnan's experience includes advising: 

  •  ACCO Brands Corporation in connection with its €296.9 million acquisition of Esselte Group, a leading European office products company, from private equity firm J.W. Childs
  • The Carlyle Group on a number of transactions, including the acquisition of the paperboard business of Chesapeake Holdings, a global paper and packing business
  • Cerner Corporation on the employment and pensions aspects of its acquisition of the Health Information Technology Business Unit of Siemens
  • Data Device Corporation, a subsidiary of ILC Industries, on its acquisition of EMRISE Electronics
  • 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 centre 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
  • Punch Taverns on the pensions aspects of its restructuring
  • Actavis on its acquisition of Auden Mckenzie, a pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, licensing and marketing of generic medicines and proprietary brands
  • Onex Partners Manager LP on the acquisition of Survitec Group, a designer and manufacturer of survival and safety equipment for marine, offshore, defense, and aviation industries
  • 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
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