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Catherine Cook

Catherine Cook


Catherine Cook

Catherine Cook specialises in commercial and corporate real estate matters including large scale portfolio sales and acquisitions, re-structuring transactions, sale and leasebacks, direct and indirect investments and joint ventures, large scale developments both in the UK and the Middle East and headquarters lettings.

  • China Investment Corporation (CIC) on its winning bid to acquire Logicor, the pan-European logistics company, from funds managed by Blackstone. This is the largest logistics property deal in history, largest European real estate transaction of 2017 and the second largest European real estate transaction ever. Logicor owns and operates a portfolio of over 600 warehouses and logistics assets (together with a management platform) across 17 European jurisdictions covering a total of over 146 million sq ft
  • Storage Mart, the world's largest privately owned self-storage operator, on the acquisition of Big Box Self Storage. The transaction was one of the largest UK investment transactions to date in this sector and heralded Storage Mart's entry into the UK market
  • Thomson Reuters in connection with their restructuring of their current UK properties and move to a new EMEA HQ at a landmark building in London of circa 530,000 sq ft
  • Brandeaux Student Accommodation on the sale of its UK student property portfolio, Liberty Living, to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CCPIB) for GBP£1.1 billion

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Career and qualifications

  • Edinburgh University (LLB) 1992
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland 1994
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1999
  • Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner 2004
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner in 2007

Professional bodies

  • Member of FT Property Advisory Board

Awards and citations

  • Ranked as a Notable Practitioner for Real estate acquisitions by IFLR1000
  • "Catherine Cook is an outstanding partner with an incredible deep knowledge and experience in the industry. She will fight tooth and nail on behalf of her clients, while simultaneously reminding the client of what is fair to fight for and what is not."
    Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK 2019
  • Perhaps the team’s flagship matter of 2017, Adrian Levy, Catherine Cook and Alis Pay… helped lead a large cross-border team that advised acquisition vehicles established by China Investment Corporation on the €12.3bn acquisition of Logicor, which was the largest logistics property deal to date, and the second largest European real estate transaction ever.
    Legal 500 2019
  • In the self-storage sector, Catherine Cook acted for Storage Mart on its £113m acquisition of Big Box Self Storage.
    Legal 500 2017
  • ... Catherine Cook give ‘commercially focused advice that demonstrates in-depth sector knowledge’
    Legal 500 UK 2013
  • Jonathan Solomon... leads a team of ‘extraordinarily good people’ which includes ... Catherine Cook
    Legal 500 UK 2012
  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK 2010
  • tenacious, client-focused and development-savvy"
    Legal 500 UK 2009