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.

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Ms. Leah 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. Ms. Leah 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.

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M&A/Private Equity
  • IK Investment Partners on its acquisition of International Correspondence Schools, an online learning provider

  • Abingworth on its proposed 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
  • Bain Capital in respect of $1.3 billion acquisition of Atento from Telefonica*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin 

Real Estate
  • 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
  • Kennedy Wilson Europe on the £204 million acquisition of 111 Buckingham Palace Road by share purchase - the London headquarters of the Telegraph Media Group
  • 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
Investment Funds
  • 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

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LL.M., 2011
University College London
Legal Practice Course, 2007
College of Law London
Graduate Diploma in Law, 2006
BPP Law School
M.A., 2005
St. John's College, Cambridge University



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