Sarah Knapp focuses on cross-border transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions.


Ms. Knapp has been named repeatedly as a Rising Star for M&A: Upper Mid Market and Premium Deals by The Legal 500 UK (including in its 2024 edition). In addition, she was recognized as a 2023 U.K. Rising Star by

Her representations include advising:

  • the special committee of independent directors of Adevinta ASA in connection with the US$13.2 billion bid to acquire Adevinta by a consortium led by funds advised by Permira and Blackstone, as well as General Atlantic and TCV
  • TOM FORD in its acquisition by The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. at an enterprise value of $2.8 billion
  • International Paper Company on its $812 million sale of its pulp and paper mill in Kwidzyn, Poland, to Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG
  • Black Diamond Capital Management, L.L.C., along with InvestIndustrial, on their $425 million acquisition of the phenolic specialty resin, hexamine and European forest products resins businesses of Hexion Inc.
  • Adevinta ASA on its:
    • $9.2 billion acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group from eBay Inc.
    • sale of Gumtree UK
  • Cinépolis de México, S.A. de C.V. on private M&A transactions, including its acquisition of a minority stake in PT Cinemaxx Global Pasifik
  • Nightstar Therapeutics plc on its $800 million sale to Biogen Inc.
  • EPIC funds (managed by Castik Capital) on their acquisition of majority stakes in IPAN GmbH and Delegate
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation on its $2.8 billion acquisition of a 25% stake in a Mozambique gas field from Eni SpA
  • Konecranes plc on its $1.28 billion acquisition of Terex Corporation’s material handling and port solutions unit
  • Nokia Corporation on its entry into an earn-out joint venture with Volaris Group Inc.; its $16.6 billion combination with Alcatel-Lucent; and its joint venture with China Huaxin Post and Telecommunications Economy Development Centre
  • DSV A/S on its $1.3 billion acquisition of UTi Worldwide Inc.



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2014
  • B.A., Rice University, 2008


  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • New York

Sarah K. Knapp