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Slaughter and May

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Craig Cleaver

Work 020 7600 1200
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Corporate/commercial and M


Partner with general commercial, corporate finance and financing practice with particular experience in flotations, public takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals, demergers and joint ventures and capital market transactions; experience in a range of insurance work for mutual and proprietary companies and has advised on large-scale demutualisations. In addition, he has worked extensively on outsourcing and other commercial contracts.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1992; partner 2000.

London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Leading individuals

Craig Cleaver - Slaughter and May

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

‚ÄėThere is strength in depth‚Äô in the ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô team at¬†Slaughter and May, which offers ‚Äėthe kind of market insight you would expect of a firm with its client list‚Äô, which includes the majority of the major UK life insurers. Recent highlights for the practice, which is particularly noted for large M&A deals, include¬†Jonathan Marks¬†advising Standard Life on its merger with Aberdeen Asset Management, and Robert Chaplin¬†acting for Legal & General on the sale of its mature savings business. Elsewhere in this sector the firm has seen some notable Solvency II work and consistently provides ‚Äėpractical and insightful advice‚Äô in this area. Another stand-out member of the team is Craig Cleaver,¬†‚Äėa great lead partner on complex transactions‚Äô, who advised Swiss Re on the sale of a minority stake in ReAssure.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Slaughter and May has a dedicated partner-led Brexit working group, which is chaired by Jeff Twentyman, and operates as a fully-coordinated, multidisciplinary service for clients and industry bodies. As part of its offering, the firm has significant involvement in client events and industry initiatives across numerous sectors (including financial services) in order to provide thought-leadership on the multitude of issues that are likely to arise from Brexit. Richard de Carle and Stephen Powell assisted with preparing a major publication by the firm on the WTO rules, which is now in its second edition. Powell is also the co-chair of a working group set up in 2017 by the Financial Markets Law Committee to consider the WTO regime. Competition partner Anna Lyle-Smythe is on the steering committee of the UK Legal Forum, and is also a key contributor to a number of competition law working groups examining the implications of Brexit on competition law and state aid. Ian Johnson, who heads up the restructuring and insolvency practice, is a member of the City of London Law Society and Law Society working groups, which are considering the insolvency aspects of Brexit. In terms of core legal advice to clients, in the financial services sector, a cross-practice team including Oliver Wareham, Craig Cleaver, Rob Sumroy and Nick Bonsall provides ongoing assistance to EU-headquartered general insurer Zurich Insurance Plc with its Brexit planning and associated regulatory issues; a major element of the work has centred around the client's application to the UK regulators, the PRA and FCA, for full third country authorisation of its UK branch post-Brexit. Elsewhere, other areas of sector expertise include aviation, energy, retail and telecoms. Sara Luder, Ben Kingsley, Jan Putnis, Jonathan Marks and William Turtle are other contacts. 

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