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Slaughter and May

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Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

Ian Johnson

Work 020 7600 1200
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Financing, corporate recovery and insolvency.


Partner with a broad financing practice with a focus on restructuring and insolvency-related work. Head of the firm's Restructuring and Insolvency practice. Ian has advised a number of companies and directors on complex and high value restructurings, refinancings and insolvencies. He has also advised European governments and central banks on a range of issues, including bank recapitalisation and resolution, new legislative toolkits and the establishment of bad banks/asset management companies.
Ian also regularly advises private equity firms and hedge funds on distressed investments, loan to own strategies and litigation issues.


Trained at Slaughter and May 2002-04; qualified 2004; secondment to Gernandt & Danielsson, Stockholm for six months 2003-04; associate, Slaughter and May 2004-11; secondment to corporate legal team at RBS 2006; partner at present firm 2011 to date.


Basic Swedish and German.


The Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA); City of London Law Society’s Insolvency Committee.


Somerville College, University of Oxford (1999 BA (Hons) Modern History); BPP Law School (2001 CPE); OXILP (2002 LPC).


Running, watching football.

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Within: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Drawing from experts in complementary practice areas including banking, corporate and litigation, Slaughter and May provides a 'highly collegiate' service which is rooted in a 'high level of market intelligence'. Praised for its 'practical, commercial and extremely solutions-focused advice', the team provides a 'first-class service', particularly for debtors, where as well as picking up standalone work it is also able to leverage the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients in addition to attracting standalone work. Recent highlights include acting on behalf of Carillion on its high-profile restructuring plan and entry into liquidation - a matter which is also indicative of the firm's ability to handle highly complex and politically sensitive mandates. The team has also been very active on behalf of troubled entities in the (until recently at least) ailing energy sector, as underscored by its high-profile mandates on behalf of both Premier Oil plc and Seadrill in relation to their respective restructurings. While it is less active on the creditor side, the team does handle some bank-side work, including its recent representation of Credit Suisse as a secured lender to Danaos Corporation in relation to the negotiation and implementation of the latter’s comprehensive refinancing and restructuring plan. 'Calm, measured and commercial' team head Ian Johnson displays a strong aptitude in relation to handling complex restructuring processes involving multiple stakeholders.  The 'thoughtful, proactive' Thomas Vickers 'combines intellectual rigour with commercial sensibilities'.

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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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