Fee Earner Focus: Q&A – Catherine Lo (Corporate)
Catherine Lo (pictured below), joined Bermans in August 2016 as a Solicitor in the Corporate team in the firm’s Liverpool office. We spoke to her to learn more about her and her work.
1. Can you give us a brief summary of your career so far?
I qualified in litigation before moving swiftly onto becoming a commercial solicitor before specialising in corporate law.
2. What area of the law do you specialise in and why?
Corporate law which encompasses everything regarding the structure of business from advising start-ups to assisting expansion through acquisitions, restructuring, private equity funding, capital reductions and exit strategies.
I enjoy the teamwork, working with groups of professionals towards a common objective whilst protecting the client’s commercial interests.
3. Is there a case or a particular piece of work you were proud to be involved with, if so why?
No two transactions are the same and each are enjoyable in their own way. One of my first transactions was a sale of a company, during which contaminated land was discovered during the due diligence process. It was almost a deal breaker but all the parties worked together tirelessly to reach a solution and save the deal.
4. Away from the law what are your interests and passions?
Aside from trying to find novel ways to entertain a toddler, I like to bake and binge-watch Korean dramas.
Sports & Teams Supported: Liverpool FC
Films (Top 3): In no particular order, Top Gun (timeless classic for me), The Matrix (it blew my mind when I first watched it and I still love it. I often wished I could download information into my head and suddenly become a master at Kung Fu. I got to a blue tag in Taekwondo when I was at university but that took me a year of training!) and Dodgeball (it never fails to make me laugh out loud).
Music (3 tracks to take on Desert Island): Run (Snow Patrol), Muscle Museum (Muse) and Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Boxsets: ER – I’ve watched a lot of hospital dramas, Grey’s Anatomy, Casualty, Holby City, Chicago Hope, Private Practice, The Good Doctor, The Resident and New Amsterdam, just to name a few but ER is definitely the best for me. Great characters, great dynamics between the characters and great writing that lets the natural drama unfold.
Stranger Things – I love the 80’s vibe of the show.
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God – best Korean drama that I have seen. Immediately after watching it, I wanted to watch it all over again.
Podcasts you listen to/recommend: None
Meal: Steamed seabass with ginger and spring onion as it reminds me of home
Holiday destination: Argentina was one of the countries I back-packed around when I went on my round the world trip between 2007 and 2009. Starting off in Puerto Iguacu, I was treated to spectacular views of Iguacu Falls. The landscape and scenery of the country that I saw was varied and amazing. There were so many highlights during my whistle-stop tour of Salta, Mendoza, Bariloche, Rosario and Buenos Aires – Perito Moreno Glacier, the Falls and Purmamarca (hills of seven colours) definitely made an impact. I would love to return and visit Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine.
Favourite book: Tripwire (Lee Child) All the Jack Reacher series are great to be honest but Tripwire is one I have gone back to re-reading a couple of times.
3 people for a dinner party and why?
Mark Ruffalo – He’s a great actor and as a fan of Marvel’s Avengers, who wouldn’t want Hulk at their dinner table?
Rufus Hound – I randomly saw him at Glastonbury in 2010 and liked him ever since.
Graham Norton – He’s had lots of guests on his show so I’m sure he’d have a few interesting stories to share.
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