Louise Batty

Louise Batty

Counsel, Executive Compensation and Benefits
Louise Batty advises on all aspects of incentive and remuneration arrangements, including the related tax, trusts, employment, governance and regulatory issues, focusing on the impact of corporate actions on incentive arrangements, and on the design, implementation and operation of incentive and remuneration plans.

Bio

Ms. Batty has over a decade of transactional and advisory experience in relation to remuneration and equity incentive arrangements. She has a significant background in advising on the design, implementation and operation of incentive and remuneration plans for companies, and on the global operation of equity arrangements, advising clients across all sectors and at all stages of development, from listed companies to start-ups. Ms. Batty advises target companies and acquirers regarding the impact of corporate events on remuneration and incentive arrangements, with a detailed understanding of corporate transactions and their relation to incentives. She also has acted as strategic adviser on governance and regulatory issues, including remuneration structure, compliance with governance and regulatory standards, and on high-profile senior personnel matters (e.g., executive appointments and departures).

Since joining Skadden, Ms. Batty’s experience includes advising:

  • Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp. in its merger with FREYR AS, the first-ever Nordic de-SPAC. As a result of the merger, FREYR will become a publicly traded company; 
  • Barilla Iniziative S.p.A. in its acquisition of Pasta Evangelists Limited;
  • a bank consortium consisting of BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Citigroup Inc. and Goldman Sachs on their Series B investment in blockchain market infrastructure platform HQLAx;
  • Electronic Arts Inc. on the employment aspects of its $1.2 billion recommended cash offer for Codemasters Group Holdings plc. and the impact of the offer on the Codemasters incentive and remuneration arrangements; and
  • Zuber and Mohsin Issa, owners of EG Group, and TDR Capital LLP in their acquisition of a majority stake in ASDA Group Limited from Walmart Inc.

Ms. Batty advised on the incentives aspects of the following transactions prior to joining Skadden:

Public M&A Transactions

  • Virgin Money plc in its £4.4 billion merger with CYBG plc;
  • BTG plc in its acquisition by Boston Scientific Corporation by way of general offer;
  • Consort Medical plc in the £505 million recommended cash offer by Recipharm AB;
  • TT Electronics plc in its recommended cash acquisition of Stadium Group plc;
  • ICAMAP Investments S.à r.l. in its consortium bid for Easyhotel plc;
  • Pennon Group plc in its £4.2 billion disposal of Viridor to KKR;

Equity Capital Markets Transactions

  • Sensyne Health plc in its £225 million AIM IPO;
  • DWF Group plc in its listing on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange;
  • Network International Holdings plc in its listing on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange;
  • Marks and Spencer in its £601.3 million rights issue to fund its joint venture with Ocado;
  • SIG plc in its £165 million firm placing and placing and open offer;

Private Company/Private Equity Transactions

  • Vision RT Limited in its acquisition by William Demant Invest;
  • Greensill Capital in its US$800 million investment by Softbank Vision Fund;
  • Loxam on its £60 million acquisition of U.K. platforms from HSS Hire Group; and
  • Transferwise on its US$3.5 billion secondary share sale.

Credentials

Education

  • LL.M., University College London, 2004 (with Merit)
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP University, 2005 (with Distinction)
  • LL.B., King's College, London, 2003 (with Second Class Honours)

Admissions

  • England & Wales

Louise Batty

Counsel, Executive Compensation and Benefits
louise.batty@skadden.com