Catherine Drinnan "has an incredible talent for getting to the core issues and explaining them in a very approachable manner." Chambers UK 2018 

Catherine Drinnan advises clients on a full range of employment matters, with extensive experience advising on outsourcing. Clients appreciate that she gives "very clear, articulate advice and is very responsive." Chambers UK 2017

Catherine Drinnan

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Catherine 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: 

  • A consortium led by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners 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
  • Sienna Pharmaceuticals in connection with its US$150 million acquisition of Creabilis, a pharmaceutical company focusing on the development of novel topical treatments for common inflammatory skin conditions
  • 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
  • Allergan in connection with its US$40.5 billion sale of its Global Generic Pharmaceuticals Business to Teva Pharmaceutical
  • The Carlyle Group on a number of transactions, including the US$2.065 billion sale of Landmark Aviation to BBA Aviation and on the acquisition 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
  • 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
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