Eleanor West - McDermott Will & Emery


Eleanor (Ellie) West centres her practice on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions.  Ellie works across a wide range of sectors, and has particular expertise in the health care and life sciences industries.

Ellie regularly advises domestic and international private equity sponsors on transactional matters (including leveraged buy-outs, growth capital investments, add-on acquisitions and the implementation of management incentive plans).  She also advises a range of multi-national corporations on cross-border acquisitions, disposals and restructuring transactions.


  • Advised Great Point Partners on the sale of Softbox Systems, a global provider of temperature controlled packaging (TCP) systems and solutions to the pharmaceutical, life sciences and cold chain logistics industries to CSafe Global, a portfolio company of Frazier Healthcare Partners and Thomas H Lee Partners
  • Advised PharmaLex Group and Auctus Capital on the acquisition of Phlexglobal, a leading technology and services organization for clinical and regulatory compliance solutions, from Vitruvian Partners
  • Advised WEP Clinical and its founder shareholders in relation to an investment made by The Jordan Company in the WEP Clinical group, a market leader in the design and execution of expanded access and named patient programs

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  • The Legal 500 UK, Recommended, 2022 – 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Private Equity Law, 2023 – 2024


BPP Law School, London, LPC, 2003
King’s College London, LLB, 1999

The Law Society of England and Wales, 2006