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Alex Cook

Alex Cook


Alex Cook

Alex Cook is an experienced corporate, private equity and joint venture lawyer with a particular focus on M&A across a range of sectors (including energy and infrastructure, TMT, pharmaceutical and financial institutions). Alex is a partner in the Prague office as well as being the head of the CEE corporate practice.

After over 25 years based in CEE, Alex has acted on transactions in most jurisdictions in the CEE/SEE region. He is highly regarded for his English law expertise on cross-border transactions.

  • Advising Arçelik, one of the world's leading home appliances and consumer durables companies, on the establishment of a joint venture between Arçelik's subsidiary Ardutch and Whirlpool Corporation's subsidiary Whirpool EMEA Holdings to create a new standalone business in the European home appliances sector.
  • Advising Allegro, the most popular shopping platform in Poland and one of the world’s top ten e-commerce websites, on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Mall Group and WE I DO from the selling shareholders PPF, EC Investments, and Rockaway Capital.
  • Advising EMMA Capital with investment in Magna Pharmacia, d.o.o., the wholesaler of medicines and medical devices.
  • Advising European Investment Bank, the European Union's investment bank owned by the EU Member States, on a co-investment fund structure and documents with Inven Capital.
  • Advising Rezolv Energy, the renewable energy platform of Actis, on the acquisition of a 229MW solar PV plant development project in Bulgaria.
  • Advising AOC, a leading global supplier of resins and specialty materials, on the acquisition of the Unsaturated Polyester Resin manufacturing operations of Spolchemie.

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Contact details

Career and qualifications

  • Merton College, Oxford (BA) 1992
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1996
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2005
  • Partner since 2007
  • Managing Partner since 2014

Professional bodies

  • The Law Society
  • Registered with the Czech Bar Association as a settled European attorney

Awards and citations

  • Managing partner Alex Cook is highly respected for his work on cross-border transactions, most notably across CEE. One client enthuses: "He has very good technical knowledge and is an excellent listener. He is capable of translating client wishes into robust and well-drafted legal documentation very quickly. To sum up, he is an absolute pleasure to work with."
    Chambers Global 2019
  • Alex Cook is English-qualified and managing partner of the firm's Prague office. He is a prominent figure in the market and is widely experienced in all aspects of international corporate law including energy, TMT and banking mandates. One client states: "He is a true professional, always willing to listen, and has a commercial way of thinking."
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Managing partner and corporate practice head Alex Cook is "a highly skilled and well-educated lawyer," according to market sources. He has vast experience in M&As, private equity and joint ventures with particular strength on mandates spanning the CEE region.
    Chambers Global 2016
  • Alex Cook is a highly regarded English-qualified lawyer who often plays a key role in regional M&A transactions. Clients describe him as "a very impressive lawyer, who has a structured approach to his work, and is a good negotiator."
    Chambers Europe 2015