Katie Leah

Katie Leah

Partner
Katie Leah
London
+44 (0)20 7447 4229

Katie Leah is a partner in Goodwin’s Tax practice, focusing on the tax aspects of real estate and private equity transactions, based in the firm’s London office.

Experience

Katie advises on the tax aspects of all types of private equity work, including UK, multi-jurisdictional, and pan-European M&A. She advises on UK corporation tax, VAT and stamp taxes as well as management packages, and share incentive schemes. Katie advises on the tax aspects of real estate transactions, including investment, financing, development, and leasing as well as on the tax aspects of real estate funds, much of which involves cross-border structuring.

Representative Matters

  • Ares Management in relation to Ares European Property Enhancement Partners II, with total commitments at final closing of €665 million
  • M7 Real Estate on the establishment of a series of European real estate funds
  • GreenOak Real Estate on the formation of GreenOak UK Secured Lending, a fund making loans secured against UK real estate assets
  • GreenOak Real Estate on the formation of GreenOak Spain, a €250 million value add real estate fund
  • A European asset manager on the establishment of an open-ended, multi-strategy real estate sector fund

  • The founders and joint CEOs of 72 Films on the sale of a majority shareholding in 72 Films to FremantleMedia, a world leader in creating, producing and distributing content in the entertainment/drama categories and documentaries
  • Alliance, a portfolio company of Ampersand, on its acquisition of DDS, a contract research organization
  • The management team of Forterro on the €1 billion sale of Forterro to Partners Group
  • Battery Ventures on its equity investment in Vita Mojo, developer of a digital ordering and restaurant management system, servicing clients including Nandos, Leon, and Yo! Sushi
  • Accel-KKR on a significant growth investment in Masabi, the ticketing innovations company
  • The founder of GlobalWebIndex (GWI) in respect of $180 million series B investment, by Permira Funds
  • IK Investment Partners on its acquisition of International Correspondence Schools, an online learning provider
  • Abingworth on its acquisition by global investment firm Carlyle
  • ReViral Limited in respect of its agreement to be acquired by Pfizer, Inc. for up to $525 million
  • Frazier Healthcare Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners, acting through their portfolio company CSafe Globalon the acquisition of Softbox Systems,  an international provider of temperature control packaging to the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Softbox supplies Pfizer with the ultra-low temperature controlled parcel shipper required in the distribution of its COVID-19 vaccines
  • Active Partners on its £10 million growth equity investment in Facetheory, a UK based affordable skincare brand
  • Mayfair Equity Partners on its sale of SuperAwesome, developer of tools to create safer digital experiences for younger audiences, to Epic Games
  • LionRock Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Clarks, a UK-based, international shoe manufacturer and retailer
  • GTT Communications, Inc. on its sale of its infrastructure business to I Squared Capital for US$2.15 billion. I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment management firm focusing on energy, utilities, digital infrastructure, transport and social infrastructure
  • Partners Group with regards to the loan to own acquisition of UK high street restaurant chain, Côte Restaurants, by way of a pre-pack administration sale and related restructuring
  • Queens Park Equity and DCSL in connection with the acquisition and integration of Guidesmiths Limited to form DCSL Guidesmiths
  • CoreHR and its shareholders, including longstanding firm clients JMI Equity and JMI Services, in connection with the sale of CoreHR to The Access Group
  • Amcor plc on the completion of its sale of 100% of the equity in Bemis Healthcare Packaging Limited, Bemis Healthcare Packaging Ireland Limited and Bemis Elsham Limited to Kohlberg & Company for approximately $394 million
  • Graphite Capital on its sale of Standard Brands, manufacturers of branded and private label ignition products
  • Spice Private Equity (Bermuda) Ltd in the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Leon Restaurants, a naturally fast food chain
  • Bregal Sagemount, on its investment in Options Technology, a leading provider of cloud-enabled managed services to the global financial services sector
  • Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. on its £300 million acquisition of the Tyrell’s group of companies
  • ECI Partners LLC on the sale by Kelvin Hughes Group of ChartCo for £55 million
  • Mount Street LLP on its acquisition of Morgan Stanley Mortgage Servicing Limted, a vehicle responsible for the servicing and special servicing of £4.5 billion of CMBS/RMBS assets

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

  • Kennedy Wilson Europe
    • on the acquisition of a Jersey corporate structure owning a portfolio of eight prime logistics warehouses located across England and Scotland, for a consideration which values the properties at over £70m
    • on the £204 million acquisition of 111 Buckingham Palace Road by share purchase - the London headquarters of the Telegraph Media Group
  • Workspace Group PLC on numerous acquisitions and disposals, including the acquisition of the Jersey company which owns Salisbury House at 28-31 Finsbury Circus, London EC2, valuing the asset at c.£160 million
  • KWAP on its £270 million sale of the Guernsey unit trust which owns 88 Wood Street, London EC2, having previously acted on the acquisition and subsequent refinancing of the unit trust
  • HIG Capital on a €70 million joint venture to acquire seven Dutch office and retail premises
  • Credit Suisse Asset Management on the £142 million sale of Plantation Place South and the £90 million sale of The Corn Exchange, London
  • GreenOak Real Estate on its acquisition of Grafton Advisors from UK property developer Quintain Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lone Star Real Estate Fund IV
  • Medical Properties Trust in relation to the €175 million acquisition and leaseback of 11 rehabilitation medical clinics in Germany and on the £29 million sale and leaseback of the Circle Bath Hospital

Areas of Practice

Credentials

Education

LLM2011

University College London

Legal Practice Course2007

College of Law London

Graduate Diploma in Law2006

BPP Law School

MA2005

St. John's College, Cambridge University

Admissions

Bars

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales