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Paula Holland

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Life Sciences


Paula Holland has over 20 years of experience in executive compensation and equity incentive issues both domestically in the UK and internationally. Her wide-ranging transactional and advisory practice is focused particularly on technology and life science companies. She has worked with clients ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals, both public and private, headquartered around the world. She regularly advises on the exporting of US and UK equity plans to multiple jurisdictions and can give strategic advice on the tax, securities laws and employment law issues in over 60 countries. Paula also assist remuneration committees in their determinations relating to retention and incentive arrangements for board members and senior management. 

Paula is a partner in Cooley's London office and is a member of the compensation & benefits practice group.


Prior to joining the firm, Paula spent eight years as a partner at WilmerHale. Prior to WilmerHale, she co-founded the Shearman & Sterling executive compensation and employee benefits practice in London, having spent 10 years in the London office of Freshfields.


  • Queen Mary University
    LLM, 1995
  • Chester College of Law
    LSF, 1993
  • University of Oxford
    MA, 1992

London: Human resources

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Cooley (UK) LLP's 'responsive and knowledgeable' team has substantial strength in cross-border matters (particularly involving the US) and advises on the share elements of corporate transactions. In a recent highlight, practice headĀ Paula HollandĀ advised SendGrid on the incentive aspects of its IPO in the UK and the Netherlands; she also handled the share elements of Nightstar Therapeutics' Nasdaq IPO and assisted SilverRail Technologies with the share plan components of its sale to Expedia. Holland also focuses on the technology and life science sectors, with example clients including Oxford BioTherapeutics, Appian and Fuze.

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