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Slaughter and May

ONE BUNHILL ROW, LONDON, EC1Y 8YY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7600 1200
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Fax 020 7090 5000
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11 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Web:
www.slaughterandmay.com
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May handles the full spectrum of outsourcing matters. In a recent highlight, Rob Sumroy acted as lead adviser to Royal Mail on a £1bn transformational IT multi-sourcing project. In another highlight, Sumroy, David Ives and others assisted RSA with re-tendering its strategic, long-term and multi-jurisdictional IT infrastructure outsourcing arrangements.

Leading individuals

Rob Sumroy - Slaughter and May

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

Sara Luder heads the ‘consistently impressive’ team at Slaughter and May, which covers high-profile transactions, as well as standalone tax advisory work and transfer pricing. Highlights included acting for Royal Dutch Shell on the tax aspects of its proposed £47bn acquisition of BG Group. Other names to note include Steve Edge, who ‘impresses with his intellectual ability and practical approach’, Tony Beare, ‘whose advice is always considered, comprehensive and reliable’, Mike Lane, Gareth Miles and ‘clear communicatorWilliam Watson.

Leading individuals

Mike Lane - Slaughter and May

Sara Luder - Slaughter and May

Steve Edge - Slaughter and May

Tony Beare - Slaughter and May

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

Philippe Chappatte’s ‘excellent’ nine-partner department at Slaughter and May counts Asda, British Airways, Google and Royal Dutch Shell among its client roster. Recent client wins include Equinix, John Lewis and Ladbrokes. Claire Jeffs, John Boyce and Jordan Ellison assisted Ball Corporation with securing phase two clearance of its acquisition of Rexam. Bertrand Louveaux is praised for his ‘breadth of knowledge’ and ‘spot-on advice’, as is Lisa Wright, for her ‘superb technical knowledge’.

Leading individuals

Bertrand Louveaux - Slaughter and May

Isabel Taylor - Slaughter and May

Philippe Chappatte - Slaughter and May

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

In keeping with the firm’s heavyweight corporate client base, Slaughter and May’s highly regarded ECM practice regularly handles high-profile issuer-side mandates. Highlights have reflected a strong financial services sector bent: The practice advised Standard Chartered on its £3.3bn capital raise, challenger bank Shawbrook on its £725m IPO, and Non-Standard Finance on its £100m flotation. Nilufer von Bismarck, Jeff Twentyman and Susannah Macknay are some of the key names in the sizeable team.

Leading individuals

Nilufer von Bismarck - Slaughter and May

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Led by the ‘superbJan Putnis, the ‘top-notch’ team at Slaughter and May handles high-profile advisory mandates and regulatory-driven transactional work for clients including Goldman Sachs, Standard Life, Aviva and American Express. On the regulatory front, Ben Kingsley recently advised UK Asset Resolution on the sale of a £13bn asset portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management. The firm has been involved in numerous cross-border market manipulation cases, including Deborah Finkler’s work for Deutsche Bank in multi-jurisdictional benchmark setting investigations including LIBOR. Ewan Brown has also had significant exposure to benchmarking cases and recently acted for JP Morgan in various regulatory and governmental investigations into its alleged involvement in FX manipulation. Elizabeth Barrett and Jonathan Clark are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Barrett - Slaughter and May

Jan Putnis - Slaughter and May

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Investment funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Private funds - ranked: tier 5

Slaughter and May

Listed funds and private funds are cornerstones of Slaughter and May’s practice, which recently acted for Pollen Street Capital on the establishment and listing of Honeycomb Investment Trust, and is advising Allianz Global Investors on its acquisition of Rogge Global Partners. Robert Chaplin and Paul Dickson are the main contacts.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
Leading individuals

Andy Ryde - Slaughter and May

Frances Murphy - Slaughter and May

Nigel Boardman - Slaughter and May

Stephen Cooke - Slaughter and May

William Underhill - Slaughter and May

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
Leading individuals

Andy Ryde - Slaughter and May

Frances Murphy - Slaughter and May

Nigel Boardman - Slaughter and May

Stephen Cooke - Slaughter and May

William Underhill - Slaughter and May

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s ‘client-focused, solution-driven’ team acted for Royal Dutch Shell on its £35bn acquisition of BG Group. Andrew Jolly assisted Cable & Wireless Communications during its £3.5bn takeover by Liberty Global. Nigel Boardman and Paul Dickson are ‘market leaders in all respects’, and Oliver Wareham is ‘particularly strong’. Andy Ryde is also very active in the space. Stephen Cooke and Roland Turnill lead the practice, which saw three lawyers promoted to partner in May 2015: Robert Innes, Chris McGaffin and Sally Wokes.

Leading individuals

Andy Ryde - Slaughter and May

Frances Murphy - Slaughter and May

Nigel Boardman - Slaughter and May

Stephen Cooke - Slaughter and May

William Underhill - Slaughter and May

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is recommended for its partnership structuring capabilities, particularly for clients active in the funds space. Key contact Paul Dickson is an expert on pension funds issues.

Leading individuals

Paul Dickson - Slaughter and May

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 4

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s private equity team leverages expertise in areas such as M&A, banking and finance, as well as capital markets, to undertake a range of transactions for clients. Jeff Twentyman leads the practice, which also includes Susannah Macknay, who is leading the advice to Palamon Capital Partners and Corsair Capital on their joint acquisition of Currencies Direct. Other clients include Oaktree Capital, Apollo and Värde Partners. Murray Cox was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Jeff Twentyman - Slaughter and May

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s ‘outstanding’ dispute resolution group is headed by Jonathan Cotton, who successfully defended Olympus Corporation in Crown Court proceedings regarding false representation to the auditors of a UK subsidiary.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Cotton - Slaughter and May

Richard Swallow - Slaughter and May

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Providing ‘thorough analysis and clear advice’, the ‘excellent’ team at Slaughter and May acts for Deutsche Bank in a series of proceedings concerning benchmark manipulation. Deborah Finkler is the practice head and Jonathan Cotton is a ‘first-class lawyer’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and Mayalways maintains excellent standards’. The team advised Banco Santander Totta in litigation involving interest rate swaps. Deborah Finkler is dispute resolution head and Jonathan Clarkhas a keen eye for important points’. Elizabeth Barrett, Ewan Brown, Richard Swallow, and James Stacey are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Deborah Finkler - Slaughter and May

Elizabeth Barrett - Slaughter and May

Ewan Brown - Slaughter and May

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s ‘superbly effective’ team defended Gain Capital against claims by 450 individuals, who suffered investment losses. Deborah Finkler heads the team, which includes Elizabeth Barrett, Richard Clark, Nick Gray (who ‘leaves no stone unturned’) and the ‘hugely practicalSarah Lee. Richard Swallow, Efstathios Michael, Ewan Brown and Jonathan Cotton are also recommended, as is newly promoted partner Damian Taylor, who has ‘fantastic client-facing skills’.

Leading individuals

Deborah Finkler - Slaughter and May

Elizabeth Barrett - Slaughter and May

Richard Clark - Slaughter and May

Sarah Lee - Slaughter and May

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

According to one client, Slaughter and May’s ‘lawyers have brilliant judgement and a relentless will to win’. Recent highlights include acting for British Airways in the air cargo litigation, and defending Philips in a €1bn damages claim stemming from the EC’s investigation into the sale of cathode ray tubes. Practice head Richard Swallow and Bertrand Louveaux (‘an immensely skilled litigator’) led in both cases, and are recommended alongside Isabel Taylor and Philippe Chappatte.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s team acted for RWE Supply & Trading in arbitrations concerning oil and gas interests. Nick Gray is ‘an experienced litigator’ and is recommended alongside James Stacey and newly promoted partner Damian Taylor.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s ‘excellent’ multi-disciplinary tax disputes team includes leading litigator Sarah Lee; tax practice head Sara Luder, who advised Santander on two appeals against HMRC regarding structured finance transactions; Tony Beare, who was recently appointed part-time judge in the First Tier Tribunal; and the highly regarded Steve Edge, who has recently handled various contentious transfer pricing matters.

Leading individuals

Sarah Lee - Slaughter and May

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 4

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May leverages its heavyweight corporate client base to handle borrower-side acquisition finance mandates. The ‘hardworking and pragmaticEdward Fife advised Cable & Wireless Communications on the financing of its $1.85bn acquisition of Columbus International. Team head Philip Snell and Matthew Tobin are also recommended.

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Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 5

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May handles asset finance mandates within the aviation and shipping sectors as part of its broader finance capability. Andrew Johnson is the primary contact. British Airways is a key client.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending – investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is best known for its borrower-side lending capability. Matthew Tobin has handled numerous refinancings for corporates including Ocado, which he advised on the amendment and extension of its existing unsecured revolving facility. In addition to acting for its blue-chip corporate client base, the firm also continues to handle an increasing flow of work for banks, which praise the practice’s ‘responsive and thoughtful advice on complex structured lending’. The ‘commercial and knowledgeableMiranda Leung and ‘extremely bright and hardworkingEdward Fife handle a mix of bank and borrower-side work.

Leading individuals

Andrew McClean - Slaughter and May

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s cross-departmental approach ensures it can provide ‘nimble and creative’ advice to debtors on their restructurings. The firm is often involved in politically sensitive matters, and recently acted on the winding-up of former Icelandic bank, Glitnir. The ‘very calmRichard de Carle, ‘excellentMiranda Leung and ‘rising starTom Vickers acted on that matter and are recommended alongside ‘top-drawer’ group head Ian Johnson.

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Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May attracts praise for its ‘outstanding service; there are no areas that could be improved’. Predominantly an issuer-side practice, it has nevertheless attracted bank clients such as Standard Chartered and Santander; Miranda Leung advised the latter on an issuance under its JPY30bn EMTN programme. In other key highlights, Matthew Tobin advised International Airports Group on unsecured bond issuances totalling €1bn, and Guy O’Keefe assisted UK Asset Resolution with a £283m issuance. Ed Fife is ‘always willing to go the extra mile and always takes up the task with enthusiasm’.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is ‘an exceptional firm with great flexibility across the finance space’. Predominantly a buy-side firm, the practice is also handling a growing stream of sell-side work for global investment banks. Miranda Leung advised Syntrus Achmea Vermogensbeheer on OTC derivatives clearing including agreements with Deutsche Bank, and acted for Swiss Re on a $700m secured note programme. Guy O’Keefe advised a European bank on complex credit default swaps. Azadeh Nassiri and Ed Fife are also recommended. Mark Dwyer joined DLA Piper and Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya joined Latham & Watkins.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is ‘absolutely superb; quick and responsive, with great strength in depth’. Key figures include Guy O’Keefe (who is ‘a fantastic ideas man’), Richard Jones (who is ‘a good lateral thinker’) and associate Andrew Williams. O’Keefe advised UK Asset Resolution on the sale of Northern Rock’s £13bn portfolio to Cerberus Management, and handled an auto-loan deal for originator Santander Consumer. Jones acted for NewDay Cards on its second securitisation of credit card receivables. Ed Fife and Azadeh Nassiri are also recommended. Sanjev Warna-kula-suriya joined Latham & Watkins.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Jonathan Fenn leads Slaughter and May’s ‘very responsive’ practice, which provides ‘well-thought-through and knowledgeable solutions’ to a client list that includes 3i Group, Carillion and Rolls-Royce. ‘The one and onlyRoland Doughty is ‘incisive, analytical and always practical’, and is advising Cable & Wireless Communications on the incentive elements of its acquisition by Liberty.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Fenn - Slaughter and May

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Slaughter and May

Jonathan Fenn leads the department at Slaughter and May, which is ‘a real class act’ and recently advised Ladbrokes on the employment elements of its merger with Gala Coral. Senior consultant Roland Doughty is ‘someone you absolutely want on your team’ and ‘has a rare ability to perfectly read a situation’. Charles Cameron is ‘calm, wise and reassuring’ and senior associate Lizzie Twigger is ‘a good strategic thinker’.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Jonathan Fenn leads Slaughter and May’s ‘highly dedicated practice’, whose ‘efficiency and effectiveness is hard to beat’. The ‘extremely user-friendlySandeep Maudgil led advice to Philips International (a new client) on the de-risking of its pension fund in a £3.5bn buy-out. Maudgil is also assisting Post Office with the proposed closure of its defined benefit scheme to future accrual. The team also recently joined the BT Pension Scheme panel. Clients also praise Philip Bennett (‘a strong intellectual’) and ‘solid, dependable and thoughtful partnerCharles Cameron.

Leading individuals

Charles Cameron - Slaughter and May

Philip Bennett - Slaughter and May

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May fields a ‘strong team of solicitors’ that is noted for its ‘solid understanding of the market’. Deborah Finkler heads the team, which recently acted for Marsh & McLennan Companies in a claim brought by T&N regarding a $500m insurance policy covering asbestos liabilities. The ‘very sharpEfstathios Michaelis really prepared to push the client’s case forward’.

Leading individuals

Efstathios Michael - Slaughter and May

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May has ‘a wide breadth of knowledge of the market and extensive experience with regulators’, and is ‘excellent for listed company work’. Oliver Wareham leads the department and handles M&A, portfolio transfers and regulatory matters. He is supported by Jonathan Marks, whose track record includes advising on pension scheme de-risking techniques; and Craig Cleaver, who has a strong focus on M&A and risk transfer transactions. Highlights included advising Aviva on the re-risking of the RAC Pension Scheme by way of a £600m longevity swap transaction, and acting for China Re on its $2bn IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE).

Leading individuals

Oliver Wareham - Slaughter and May

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s ‘highly-rated’ department advises on complex matters across a range of sectors including finance, legal and pensions. Efstathios Michael has a ‘fantastic reputation’ and is recommended alongside Elizabeth Barrett and team head Deborah Finkler.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May primarily acts for clients in the transport, water and waste management sectors, often handling acquisitions, disposals and refinancings. The department is headed by Mark Horton, who specialises in domestic and international corporate finance matters.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Led by co-head Hywel Davies, Slaughter and May has been advising Premier Oil on the proposed $120m acquisition of E.ON’s assets. Andrew Johnson assisted INEOS with its successful bid for three shale gas licences in the East Midlands. Steven Galbraith also leads the team.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s department handles the full range of energy matters, including M&A, financing, project development and energy disputes. Tim Pharoah led the team advising Dong Energy on its acquisition of the SMart Wind joint venture established between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens to develop offshore wind projects in the Hornsea Zone near Yorkshire. Steven Galbraith and Hywel Davies jointly lead the practice. Other clients include Centrica, Drax and Infinis.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May handles contentious and non-contentious public law matters for public and private sector clients. Recent highlights include acting for Gallaher in a judicial review claim against the Competition and Markets Authority. Mark Horton and Elizabeth Barrett are the main contacts.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s practice continued to advise key client Derwent London on various major development and investment schemes, including Jane Edwarde advising it on the development of the site above the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road. Steven Edwards is acting for London Resort Company Holdings on the proposed London Paramount Entertainment Resort.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s practice is led by senior associate Samantha Brady, who focuses on transactional work. The team’s expertise in the energy sector extends to shale gas and Brady advised INEOS in connection with its proposed acquisition from IGas Energy of an interest in ten onshore licences across England and Scotland. David Waterfield retired.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Slaughter and May

At Slaughter and May, associate Richard Keczkes – who joined from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP – leads on planning matters following the retirement of David Waterfield. Recent mandates include advising Delancey/Minerva in connection with the proposed Queen’s Square mixed-use development project in Croydon town centre.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s ‘tenacious, responsive’ lawyers are ‘committed to getting the best possible results for their clients’. Technology and outsourcing practice head Rob Sumroy (‘a superb strategist and a hands-on partner’) advised Royal & Sun Alliance on the re-tendering of its IT infrastructure, and David Ives advised Ladbrokes on the transformation of its data centre arrangements with Vodafone. William Underhill heads the firm’s telecoms practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May has ‘an extremely effective patent team’ led by the ‘highly experiencedSusie Middlemiss and Cathy Connolly. Middlemiss acted for Speciality Fibres and Materials in High Court litigation for damages in a patent action involving Smith & Nephew and ConvaTec.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s ‘exceptional’ practice assisted Shire with its agreed combination with Baxalta. The ‘bright, hardworking and perceptiveSusie Middlemiss advised GlaxoSmithKline on the divestment of its rights in ofatumumab to Novartis, and represented clients in patent litigation. Corporate and commercial lawyer David Johnson is also recommended.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s Andrew Jolly and recently promoted partner Paul Mudie are part of a team advising Arsenal FC on transfer dealings, including handling Wojciech Szczesny’s loan move to AS Roma in summer 2015. David Ives and Rob Sumroy are other names to note.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Slaughter and May

Headline work for Slaughter and May included advising Rolls-Royce on SFO and DoJ investigations into alleged bribery and corruption in overseas markets. Efstathios Michael, Bertrand Louveaux, - Andrew Johnson and Tony Beare are all recommended.

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