Zoë Ashcroft is a founding partner of the London office of global law firm, Winston & Strawn LLP and Head of the UK Corporate & Finance Team. She has more than 25 years of experience handling complex cross-border deals for a broad range of corporate, institutional and family office clients. Her skillset spans a variety of sectors, including consumer and luxury brands, energy, financial services and manufacturing and industrial.
Zoë advises clients who are based in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia who are operating or investing in the United Kingdom, or who select English law as the governing law for their transactions. A vibrant part of Zoë‘s practice involves advising clients on cross-border transactions in emerging markets (particularly Sub-Saharan Africa). Her experience includes cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, private equity investments, high-yield debt offerings and private placements (of both debt and equity), and corporate lending (representing both lenders and borrowers).
In addition, Zoë works closely with a number of pro-bono clients and for several years has served as a Trustee of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, an award-winning UK not-for-profit organisation providing mentoring and internship opportunities, and The Climate Change Organisation, an award-winning international non-profit which focuses on bold, catalytic, and high-impact climate and energy initiatives with the world’s leading businesses and state and regional governments. She also provides pro bono advice to Fashion Revolution, a not-for-profit organization which promotes workers’ welfare, sustainability and the environment and has become the world’s largest fashion activism movement, mobilising citizens, industry and policy makers through their research, education and advocacy work.