Stephanie Bates

Stephanie is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years experience in the City of London. She has advised companies, from start-ups to FTSE100, their owners, managers and investors, operating in a wide range of business sectors, on a wealth of transactions. Stephanie specialised in capital raisings, cross-border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, exit events and corporate governance. Her sector experience includes financial services, media, retail, real estate and technology commercialisation.

She was a partner in the London office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for three years to January 2015 and, before that, at Mayer Brown.

Stephanie has mentored and been mentored by talented, inspirational and hard-working women. She believes strongly in the benefits of greater diversity in corporate leadership.  As a progression from her legal career Stephanie joined Merian Ventures to support women-led innovation with her deep commercial experience and connections.

With a degree in law from the University of Southampton, Stephanie qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1985.