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About Claire Hooi

Claire is an English-qualified associate in the Global Transactions group. She advises on a broad range of corporate transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, joint ventures and reorganisations. 

Prior to joining Freshfields, Claire trained at a magic circle firm in London. She subsequently relocated to Singapore to work as an associate in the Singapore office of a leading US law firm. 

Claire graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science at the top of her year, where she was awarded numerous academic prizes as well as honorary lifetime membership of the LSE Students' Union. She was also the sole international student recipient of a full-tuition undergraduate scholarship in her class year. 

Recent work

  • Samator Indo Gas on the sale of a minority stake to CVC Asia*
  • Indonesian state-owned pharmaceutical company Kimia Farma on a strategic minority equity stake sale to the Indonesia Investment Authority and China’s Silk Road Fund*
  • Prime Infrastructure Holdings, Inc. on its acquisition of a 45% stake in the Philippines’ Malampaya deep-water gas-to-power project from Udenna Corporation and Shell Petroleum N.V.*
  • WatchBox on its equity capital fundraising rounds*
  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies on its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange of approximately £3.37 billion*
  • Schroders plc on its acquisition of an initial 75% shareholding in Greencoat Capital Holdings Limited*
  • Allianz on its agreement with Sanlam to combine current and future operations across Africa*
  • Intertek Group plc on its acquisition of SAI Global Assurance*
  • HPS Investment Partners on its acquisition of Barclays’ Asset Finance business*
  • Essentra plc on its strategic group reorganisation, with a view to becoming a pure-play Components business*
  • Standard Life Aberdeen on the simplification and extension of its partnership with Phoenix Group*

*Selected representations prior to joining Freshfields.



  • London School of Economics and Political Science (Bachelor of Laws, First Class Honours)
    Slaughter and May Prize for Best Performance (Part II), LSE Law Department Prize for Best Dissertation, LSE Head of Department's Award for Excellent Achievement and LSE 100 Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement 

  • BPP University London (Accelerated Legal Practice Course, Distinction)

Professional Qualifications

  • Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales