Katherine Ashton > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work Department

Private equity, capital markets, insolvency and restructuring.


Dual-qualified in England and the U.S., Kate Ashton is a corporate partner with a broad international practice, including extensive experience in Europe and the U.S. in private equity transactions, corporate finance, debt and equity offerings and financial restructurings.

She regularly counsels private equity and other investment funds on corporate and securities matters including secondary acquisitions, fund recapitalisations, and European listings. She also has significant experience in European financial restructurings.


Qualified New York 1986; England & Wales 1997; associate Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York 1985-90; associate Budapest, Hungary 1991-93; head of office 1992-93; associate London 1993-96; partner 1996.

Ms. Ashton recently served as the Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Forum of the International Bar Association and is a former trustee of the American College of Investment Counsel. She is a frequent author and speaker on English and U.S. legal developments.


French, German, Hungarian, Italian.


International Bar Association; fellow American College of Investment Counsel.


Harvard College (1981 AB magna cum laude); Harvard Law School (1985 JD).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is recognised for its work on secondary market transactions, with Katherine Ashton leading on this work and ‘stand-out lawyer’ Andrew Rearick also active in this space. PE investments in Africa are another area of focus for the team and are a particular specialism of Geoffrey Burgess. David Innes leads the London-based team, which collaborates closely with offices in the US.