Katie Barnes

Katie Barnes

Associate, Corporate


Katie Barnes advises a wide spectrum of clients (from FTSE 100 companies to start-ups) on their equity incentives and remuneration related arrangements. Ms. Barnes’ representations include providing advisory support with respect to the design and operation of a company’s share plans (often on a global basis), as well as supporting clients in remuneration-related corporate governance compliance and on the equity aspects of senior management appointments and departures. Ms. Barnes also advises on corporate transactions from an incentives perspective, including public takeovers, IPOs, private M&A deals and private equity investments.

Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Barnes advised on the incentives aspects of the following transactions:

  • Doordash on its $8.1 billion acquisition of Wolt
  • OpenText on its $5.8 billion acquisition of Micro Focus
  • Etsy on its $1.6 billion acquisition of Depop
  • Sumo on its £919 million acquisition by Tencent
  • Marks and Spencer on its (up to) £255 million acquisition of Gist



  • Legal Practice Course, BPP University, 2017 (with Distinction)
  • G.D.L., BPP Law School, 2016 (with Distinction)
  • B.Sc. Environmental Policy with Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015 (First Class Honours)


  • England & Wales

Katie Barnes