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Karla Dudek


Karla has extensive experience working with clients in a number of industry sectors on a broad range of corporate transactions including public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity capital market transactions (acting for issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders), joint ventures, restructurings and share buybacks.
She regularly works for multinationals on cross border transactions and has a particular focus on financial institutions.


Representative matters

Institut Mérieux SA (IM) on its sale of ABL Europe SAS to Oxford Biomedica plc (listed on the premium segment of the Main Market) for consideration shares and IM’s relationship as a major shareholder of Oxford Biomedica.

A major financial institution on its acquisition of Kensington Mortgage Company Limited, Kensington Mortgage Services Limited and a portfolio of UK mortgages.

A specialist lender in wind-down on the sale of its UK first charge and second charge mortgage portfolio to a challenger bank.

A captive bank of a car manufacturer on the sale of its Nordic captive auto finance business to Santander.

Pro bono

Advising The Felix Project on its acquisition of FareShare’s London operations.

Advising Conscious Ventures Limited (Green Spark) in implementing an investment round.

Advising Moree (Bulkify) in respect of various founder documents and support in preparation for a fundraising round (as part of the Green Tech Legal Collaborative).

Advising Global Generation on the update of its constitutional documents.

Published Work

  • Dudek. K, (2018) “UK Private Company Director: Complying with SPA Notice Provisions”, Corbett Keeling
  • Dudek. K, (2017) “UK Private Company Director: Do you Know your Braganza Duty?”, Corbett Keeling
  • Dudek. K, (2016) “UK Chapter of Directors’ Liability: A Worldwide Review” (3rd Edition), Wolters Kluwer



Solicitor, New Zealand, 1995

Solicitor, England & Wales, 2000


Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Auckland, 1992

Bachelor of Law (Honours), The University of Auckland, 1997


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.