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Slaughter and May
ONE BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YY
London

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

Benefiting from a 'deep and thorough understanding of the relevant bank documentation', Slaughter and May regularly advises the firm's stellar roster of blue-chip corporates across their financing requirements, including for acquisition finance, as well as general corporate and working capital purposes. Matthew Tobin is 'very experienced in loan agreements' and he employs this knowledge to good effect for corporate borrowers on investment grade debt. He recently advised AngloGold Ashanti on a new five-year multi-currency revolving credit facility with a syndicate of fourteen banks. Andrew McClean heads up the firm's financing department and has vast experience, primarily for corporate borrowers (but also for some lender clients) on syndicated loan facilities. McClean's recent work has included advice to Tata Steel on a €4.5bn facility.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Slaughter and May's 'excellent all-rounders' act for a broad spectrum of clients in the financial sector, including investment banks, major building societies, accountants, hedge funds, actuaries and private equity firms, and the practice stands out for  high-value, technically-demanding, multi-jurisdictional disputes. In one of the largest and most significant global investigations undertaken by regulators since the financial crisis, the team acted for JPMorgan Chase & Co in regulatory and governmental investigations (and related civil claims) into foreign exchange trading at a number of banks. Sarah Lee is dispute resolution group head, Deborah Finkler has led on many of the firm's investigative and enforcement actions, and Jonathan Clark's practice includes advising on litigation involving complex derivatives transactions, benchmark manipulation and regulatory investigations. Also highly regarded are Richard Jeens, Ewan Brown and recently promoted partner Camilla Sanger. At associate level, Peter Wickham is also noted.

Brexit Tier 1

Spanning multiple practice areas, Slaughter and May's Brexit taskforce draws heavily from the firm’s financial services practice and also benefits from strong corporate and dispute resolution teams, as well as experience acting for government clients and public sector bodies. On the financial services side, the group counts UK and EU-headquartered banks and insurers, asset managers and private equity firms as clients, which it advises on corporate restructurings and business transfers. It recently advised Standard Life Assurance and Prudential Assurance Company on their separate corporate restructurings including establishing EU entities and branches and transferring the EU business from the UK to the new EU bases. Jeff Twentyman and Jan Putnis jointly lead the team; Twentyman also leads the firm’s private equity group and Putnis heads up the financial regulation practice. Other noteworthy practitioners include corporate partner Richard De Carle, insurance specialist Craig Cleaver, data protection expert Rebecca Cousin, Ian Johnson, who heads up the restructuring and insurance practice, and Sara Luder, who leads the tax group.

Competition litigation Tier 1

Slaughter and May’s cross-practice competition litigation group draws upon the expertise of the firm’s dispute resolution and competition departments. Work spans the full range of litigation and includes damages actions at all levels of the UK judicial system, cross-border contentious work coming in through the group’s ‘best friends’ network, regulatory appeals and judicial review proceedings. In the follow-on damages space, the team advises clients on actions arising as a result of a number of high-profile cartel investigations by authorities in the trucks, air cargo, smartcards, glass manufacturing, and other industries. Prominent in this respect is the team’s assistance to defendant British Airways during the air cargo multi-party litigation before the English, Dutch and German courts. Another notable highlight is acting for truck manufacturer MAN on multiple damages actions, following the European Commission’s truck cartel investigation. Richard Swallow leads the practice, where Jonathan Clark and recently promoted partners Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware are also noted.

Corporate tax Tier 1

Slaughter and May's notable strength in depth enables it to advise on the full spectrum of transactional tax matters and securitisations, as well as offering strategic advice on restructurings and international tax issues across a range of sectors, including private equity, real estate, retail,  energy and manufacturing. The department is led by Sara Luder, who has substantial experience in contentious and non-contentious issues. Steve Edge is another key name and is often instructed in transatlantic matters. Dominic Robertson, whose 'technical knowledge is second-to-none' is noted for his experience advising clients in the technology space.

Employee share schemes Tier 1

Slaughter and May bolstered its employee share schemes team in 2018 by hiring Ian Brown as a senior counsel from Deloitte LLP. The group advises on the full range of executive remuneration and employee share scheme issues, including the establishment, operation and amendment of employee incentive plans. It also assists clients with managing the operation and amendment of their directors’ remuneration policies. The team is also noted for advising clients on reviewing their policies and procedures in the light of a new requirement for executive directors to retain a level of shareholding post-termination. In addition to providing advice on a standalone basis, practitioners handle the employee incentives aspects of a broad range of major transactions, including public takeovers, IPOs (main market and AIM), secondary capital raisings, demergers, private M&A and other corporate transactions. Phil LinnardPadraig Cronin and associate Rosemary Nelson are recommended. Jonathan Fenn retired.

EU and competition Tier 1

Slaughter and May’s competition group provides full-service competition law advice on high-profile merger control cases, contentious and regulatory issues, and state aid matters. The London team works seamlessly with the firm's sole continental European office in Brussels, advising on high-profile matters including Vodafone's proposed £18.4bn acquisition of Liberty Global’s telecoms business in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. The group is also representing clients in a number of Phase II merger cases before both the CMA and the European Commission; among multiple examples, one noteworthy highlight is advising Tata Steel on its proposed joint venture with thyssenkrupp, aiming at the creation of a leading European steel enterprise. Another stable source of work for the team comes in the form of  instructions from clients in the consumer protection space. Practice head Philippe Chappatte leads a team advising two parties in the CMA consumer law investigation into accommodation booking sites, while Bertrand Louveaux is leading on handling competition law aspects of client GlaxoSmithKline’s divestment of Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition brands to Unilever. Claire Jeffs has been leading a team assisting Google with the European Commission’s Article 102 investigation into its AdSense for Search advertising services. Isabel Taylor has particular expertise in state aid law. Special adviser Jackie Holland stands out for her significant experience in the public and private sectors.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Slaughter and May is regularly involved in the biggest insurance M&A transactions in the UK market, and in 2018 led for Standard Life Aberdeen on the £3.2bn sale of its UK and European insurance business to Phoenix and Marsh on its £4.3bn acquisition of JLT. The well-regarded Jonathan Marks leads an 'exceptionally gifted team', which also includes the 'solutions focused' Craig Cleaver and the 'impressive' Robert Chaplin. The practice also handles Brexit advisory work for insurers, as well as large scale cross-border reinsurance transactions, risk transfers and regulatory capital financings.

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 1

Slaughter and May specialises in high-value M&A work for high-profile clients, predominantly in the FTSE350 range. Indicative features of the firm's work include cross-border transactions across a host of sectors, with  retail, pharmaceutical and media clients all represented over the last year.  In the media sector, senior partner and 'statesmanSteve Cooke led as the firm advised Walt Disney on English law aspects of its $85bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Sally Wokes , a partner since 2015,  advises on a broad range of corporate transactions in both the public and private markets, and has handled high-profile mandates in the retail and leisure sectors. In the telecoms sector, Roland Turnill was the lead name, alongside Susannah Macknay, on Vodafone's $18.4bn acquisition of certain operations of Liberty Global. Also recommended are David Johnson and Andy Ryde, who co-heads the practice with Turnill, in addition to Simon Nicholls , who acts for both publicly listed companies and private companies on corporate transactions. The 'fantastically smart' Francesca Harris, an associate in the corporate department, also comes highly recommended, having worked with Ryde on a high-value acquisition by DS Smith. The firm saw a number of retirements this year, including M&A heavyweights Nigel Boardman and William Underhill, although David Watkins returned to London from the Hong Kong office.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Slaughter and May is at the forefront of a number of growing market trends, including the development of collective defined contribution schemes (Sandeep Maudgil is a leader in this field) and complex benefit redesigns including the implementation of master trusts. Charles Cameron is a leading figure for high-value derisking exercises, while Daniel Schaffer regularly advises on scheme mergers and demergers and other benefit redesign projects. Senior counsel Hugh Gittins, who joined the team in 2018 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, along with senior counsel Edward Hunniset, has a wealth of transactional experience involving buy-ins, buy-outs and bulk annuity transactions. Recent contentious mandates have involved indexing disputes, Pensions Regulator investigations and member complaints.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 1

Slaughter and May's 'exceptional' team advises on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional financial, regulatory, enforcement and corporate crime matters. With extensive expertise in allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, sanctions, civil litigation and criminal proceedings, the firm is well-versed at dealing with various international regulators and enforcement agencies including the SFO and FCA in the UK and the SEC and DoJ in the US. Richard Swallow co-heads the team and is experienced in high-value disputes and criminal investigations. Jonathan Cotton, who co-heads the team alongside him, deals with investigations, criminal prosecutions and regulatory cases concerning the Bribery Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Financial Services and Markets Act. David Green CB QC, the former head of the SFO, joined as a senior consultant, adding further weight to the practice. Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware were both promoted to partner.

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 1

Slaughter and May's strong tax disputes department handles the full spectrum of contentious tax work (including cross-border disputes), in addition to assisting non-contentious tax clients with continuous disclosure regimes, governance and reputational risk matters. The team also has niche expertise in the technology sector; advising UK and non-UK headquartered multinational companies in relation to transfer pricing and diverted profits tax issues. Dominic Robertson and Richard Jeens jointly lead the team, which includes dispute resolution head Sarah Lee, investigations specialist James Stacey and Sarah Blakelock who joined the team as a consultant from KPMG United Kingdom in 2018.

Commercial contracts Tier 2

The ‘top-notchSlaughter and May advises on strategic, high-value, high-risk and complex commercial contracts. The practice includes specialists in competition, corporate and real estate law, and the multi-disciplinary team is ‘responsive, knowledgeable and commercial, and works in a very collaborative fashion’. Duncan Blaikie advises clients on the creation and negotiation of a range of commercial contracts across the areas of IP, technology, pharmaceuticals, sports and financial services. He co-leads the practice with Richard Todd, who specialises in major international and domestic projects. They can call on the expertise of IP/IT expert Rob Sumroy, who focuses on technology and outsourcing; the 'very capable and competent' Susie Middlemiss, who acts in litigation and commercial contract matters related to IP; and David Ives, who is particularly notable in the retail and technology sectors. The group is advising GSK on the divestment of Horlicks and other consumer healthcare nutrition brands to Unilever and the merger of GSK Consumer Healthcare Limited with Hindustan Unilever Limited.

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Slaughter and May is 'a class act - the Rolls-Royce service for commercial litigation'. Acting for FTSE 100 clients across all industry sectors, the practice attracts some of the most significant, complex and high-value cases in the market. Demonstrating the strength of the firm's practice, in what is reportedly one of the largest lawsuits in English legal history,  Richard Swallow and Efstathios Michael acted for BHP Group (BHP), an Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum company, and four non-UK-domiciled BHP entities, all of whom are defendants to claims that arose out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. Sarah Lee heads the firm’s dispute resolution group while former practice head Deborah Finkler  has a broad practice but is particularly experienced in banking litigation and regulatory investigations as well as complex recovery and insolvency work.  Other highly regarded advisers in the team include Damian Taylor, Jonathan Clark, Richard Jeens and James Stacey, while Megan Sandler and Kimia Shedy are the senior associates to note. Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware were made partners in 2018.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Slaughter and May is particularly well-regarded for its work on stadium developments, and has been advising Everton Football Club on the development of its new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, with leasing, financing, construction, planning and real estate issues coordinated by the firm. On the investment side, major transactions, including property disposals, form the workload while on the corporate occupiers front, headquarter letting and relocations are a key strength. The department prides itself on high-value, non-commoditised work and has particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head and handles the full range of commercial property matters.

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Slaughter and May is particularly well-regarded for its work on stadium developments, and has been advising Everton Football Club on the development of its new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, with leasing, financing, construction, planning and real estate issues coordinated by the firm. On the investment side, major transactions, including property disposals, form the workload while on the corporate occupiers front, headquarter letting and relocations are a key strength. The department prides itself on high-value, non-commoditised work and has particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head and handles the full range of commercial property matters.

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

Slaughter and May is particularly well-regarded for its work on stadium developments, and has been advising Everton Football Club on the development of its new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, with leasing, financing, construction, planning and real estate issues coordinated by the firm. On the investment side, major transactions, including property disposals, form the workload while on the corporate occupiers front, headquarter letting and relocations are a key strength. The department prides itself on high-value, non-commoditised work and has particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head and handles the full range of commercial property matters.

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Slaughter and May is particularly well-regarded for its work on stadium developments, and has been advising Everton Football Club on the development of its new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, with leasing, financing, construction, planning and real estate issues coordinated by the firm. On the investment side, major transactions, including property disposals, form the workload while on the corporate occupiers front, headquarter letting and relocations are a key strength. The department prides itself on high-value, non-commoditised work and has particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head and handles the full range of commercial property matters.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 2

Able to mobilise cross-disciplinary expertise, including practitioners from within the firm's corporate, litigation and finance practices, Slaughter and May 's core four-partner team is praised for its 'versatility across the credit spectrum' and ability to handle many of 'the most challenging and complex situations in the market'. Able to leverage the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients, in addition to attracting standalone work, the firm has 'excellent debtor-side credentials and has recently been involved in a number of the preeminent restructurings and insolvency cases'. 'A very good double act', Ian Johnson and Tom Vickers 'have proven many times that they can deliver difficult projects on time and with rigour', including their recent work for Carillion Plc on its high-profile insolvency. The team is also praised for its 'industry leading work in the field of financial services restructuring'.

Debt capital markets Tier 2

Slaughter and May has a team of multi-specialist finance lawyers, who handle debt issuance alongside other types of financing. The firm is regarded as a leading adviser to issuers and acts for a high number of FTSE100 companies. It has particular expertise in equity-linked debt, hybrid capital and subordinated debt matters. The practice counts Diageo, Santander, Standard Chartered and Westpac among its clients for repeat debt issuance, while in 2018, it acted on first-time issuance for Euroclear and Compagnie Financiere Richemont. It has notable expertise in the aviation, pharmaceutical and food and beverage sectors, and has a growing number of client relationships with banks and insurance companies. Matthew Tobin, who handles a wide range of banking and refinancing work including capital markets and securitisation, and Guy O’Keefe, who is skilled in liability management transactions, are among the key partners.

Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 2

'Peerless for UK issuer work', Slaughter and May is recognised by clients and peers alike as one of the strongest firms for deals on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). According to a market survey, no other law firm acts for more FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies. Of recent note, the team was engaged by Aston Martin in one of the last major LSE IPOs of 2018, and following the slowdown of the IPO market the practice group has been involved in a number of secondary fundraising transactions in connection with M&A. Nilufer von Bismarck heads the equity capital markets practice and also leads the firm's financial institutions group.

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Acting primarily for banks, asset managers and insurers, Slaughter and May has a broad practice, specialising in high-stakes conduct matters, strategic advice on prudential regulation, ring-fencing and fintech. Jan Putnis leads the non-contentious practice and focuses on regulatory advice in relation to multijurisdictional corporate and commercial transactions. His team includes Ben Kingsley, who is advising Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research division on the restructuring of its contractual relationships with clients in light of the MiFID II inducements regime. On the contentious side, the firm has notable experience in financial institutions advisory work, as well as fraud and white-collar crime matters. Sarah Lee leads the practice and can call on the expertise of Deborah Finkler, who advises across a spectrum of contentious matters, including both High Court litigation and foreign disputes; and recently promoted partners Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware, who acted for Deutsche Bank in relation to regulatory investigations in multiple jurisdictions into the setting of interbank benchmark rates, including LIBOR. Former director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Sir David Green CB QC joined the team in 2018 as a senior consultant.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 2

Acting primarily for banks, asset managers and insurers, Slaughter and May has a broad practice, specialising in high-stakes conduct matters, strategic advice on prudential regulation, ring-fencing and fintech. Jan Putnis leads the non-contentious practice and focuses on regulatory advice in relation to multijurisdictional corporate and commercial transactions. His team includes Ben Kingsley, who is advising Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research division on the restructuring of its contractual relationships with clients in light of the MiFID II inducements regime. On the contentious side, the firm has notable experience in financial institutions advisory work, as well as fraud and white-collar crime matters. Sarah Lee leads the practice and can call on the expertise of Deborah Finkler, who advises across a spectrum of contentious matters, including both High Court litigation and foreign disputes; and recently promoted partners Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware, who acted for Deutsche Bank in relation to regulatory investigations in multiple jurisdictions into the setting of interbank benchmark rates, including LIBOR. Former director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Sir David Green CB QC , joined the team in 2018 as a senior consultant.

Fintech Tier 2

Slaughter and May's fintech group advises start-ups, fast-growth challenger businesses and longstanding financial services and technology companies on corporate, commercial and regulatory developments and challenges. On the corporate side the team advises clients on the structuring of new business ventures, major acquisitions, private equity investments, strategic investment in the sector and corporate governance. In the regulatory space the team has expertise in PSD2 compliance/open banking, GDPR compliance (particularly in the context of blockchain and smart contracts) and in advising payment services on operating issues in the UK regulatory environment. The team is invested in enabling start-ups to grow through its fintech incubator programme, where it handles the full range of legal needs for a diverse set of early-stage clients. IP and tech partner Rob Sumroy has standout knowledge of AI, GDPR and blockchain and acts for leading innovators in the sector, including Y Tree and WorldRemit. In a recent highlight, financial services regulatory partner Ben Kingsley acted for challenger bank Oaknorth in its $440m equity raise led by Softbank Vision Fund.

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 2

Slaughter and May has a strong track record in infrastructure projects and transactions, where the team is involved on an international level in a variety of fields, including renewable energy, electricity storage, oil and gas pipeline and airports, among others. Michael Corbett, together with Hywel Davies, heads up the infrastructure, energy and natural resources practice; he has considerable experience in the corporate and corporate finance matters, including equity and debt capital markets. Richard Todd specialises in the project aspects of international energy and infrastructure projects. Given the firm's corporate strength, the team is frequently called in to advise on infrastructure-related sales and acquisitions.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

The technology and telecoms team at Slaughter and May provides 'solid, practical advice, which takes into account the commercial goals of clients'; its roster includes Google and Vodafone, as well as innovators and start–ups. The team handles a range of commercial, corporate and regulatory matters with particular experience advising on emerging technology including the use of big data, AI, cloud and blockchain; the team also acts in disputes. Rob Sumroy heads the team, which includes IP and IT specialist David Ives and Duncan Blaikie, who attracts praise for his 'very commercial approach'.

Structured products and securitisation Tier 2

'The firm has great depth of expertise from partner down to junior associates', says a client of Slaughter and May. The firm climbs the ranking due to the breadth of its work and its stellar client base. The securitisation and structured finance practice advises on every major asset class including RMBS, CMBS, credit cards, trade receivables, auto-loans, whole-business securitisation and CLOs. It handles both cash and synthetic securitisations for a range of market participants, among which are originators, arrangers and investors. It is active both in new issuance and the restructuring of existing transactions. Leading partner Guy O’Keefe acts for borrowers, lenders and issuers in complex securitisations. Oliver Wicker leads on structured products for financial services providers, investment funds and corporates. The firm is known for finding innovative solutions to complex financing problems and helps clients deal with regulatory change and in particular the impact of the new EU Securitisation Regulation on existing and new transactions. It is particularly active in the RMBS sector for clients including Santander UK, and has a significant presence in the covered bond market.

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

Slaughter and May is particularly well-regarded for its work on stadium developments, and has been advising Everton Football Club on the development of its new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, with leasing, financing, construction, planning and real estate issues coordinated by the firm. On the investment side, major transactions, including property disposals, form the workload while on the corporate occupiers front, headquarter letting and relocations are a key strength. The department prides itself on high-value, non-commoditised work and has particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head and handles the full range of commercial property matters.

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 3

Slaughter and May has a multi-specialist finance practice in which lawyers handle more than one type of work, though derivatives and structured finance are key pillars of the practice. The firm is well known for advising the treasury departments of corporate clients, notably on equity derivatives and structured finance transactions involving derivatives, as well as having significant experience in relation to dispute resolution and regulatory investigations. Its work for corporate clients encompasses all aspects of hedging and regulatory advice. Its extensive M&A work frequently involves equity derivatives such as portfolio total return swaps to transfer benefit and risk, or equity-backed collar financings, on which it increasingly advises banks. Lead partners Oliver Wicker and Ed Fife act for financial services providers, investment funds and corporates.

Employment: employers Tier 3

At Slaughter and May, 'real class act' Charles Cameron recently took over as head of the pensions and employment team, following the retirement of long-serving former practice chief Jonathan Fenn, who now serves as a senior consultant to the firm. The magic circle firm advises on the full range of board-level employment matters, from appointments to terminations, remuneration and disputes, with a particular focus on incentives-related work. The practice has recently seen an uptick in work relating to industrial relations as well as suspected employee misconduct, which it handles in tandem with the firm's global investigations group. Key names in the team include former corporate specialist Padraig Cronin, who joined the employment team in 2017, Philip Linnard, who was promoted to the partnership the same year, and 'hugely experienced and knowledgeable' senior counsel Lizzie Twigger .

Environment Tier 3

Slaughter and May assists with the assessment of environmental risks associated with M&A transactions. The firm is especially active in the renewable, nuclear and fossil energy sectors, including advising on decommissioning liabilities, regulatory matters, and health and safety. Senior counsel Samantha Brady focuses on the infrastructure sector and is experienced in advising on green real estate investments.

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Slaughter and May is often called in to handle 'bet the company' matters for its prestigious roster of clients, advising on high-stakes investigations and big-ticket disputes. Areas of expertise include VAT fraud, bribery, corruption, misrepresentations and data breaches. The firm also advises on contentious regulatory and tax matters, export controls, sanctions and cartels. Clients include bluechip corporates, financial institutions, governmental bodies and international organisations. Sarah Lee heads the team, which received a major boost during 2018 with the hire of former SFO director Sir David Green CB QC, who joined the firm as a senior consultant.

Listed funds Tier 3

At Slaughter and May, Roland Turnill and others are advising Prudential on the demerger of its UK & Europe business; this transaction will form two separate listed companies. The firm has developed a reputation for advising financial institutions on the impact of Brexit, including potential restructuring options for the asset management and investment fund arms of these entities. Cross-jurisdictional fund mandates are a core area of work, with pan-European structures being a particular favourite for the corporate team. Robert Chaplin, Paul Dickson and Jan Putnis together lead the practice and are key contacts.

Oil and gas Tier 3

Some of Slaughter and May's most notable recent work in the oil and gas sector includes advising Ensco on its proposed $12bn merger with Rowan, and assisting Maersk Oil with its $8.1bn acquisition by Total. Along with high-value, strategic corporate transactions, the team also handles high-profile and 'bet the farm' disputes pertaining to commercial contracts, international arbitration enforcement and allegations of corruption and white-collar law breaches. Hywel Davies, who is described by clients as 'one of the top two or three commercial lawyers in the City', leads the practice.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Slaughter and May is at the forefront of a number of growing market trends, including the development of collective defined contribution schemes (Sandeep Maudgil is a leader in this field) and complex benefit redesigns including the implementation of master trusts. Charles Cameron is a leading figure for high-value derisking exercises, while Daniel Schaffer regularly advises on scheme mergers and demergers and other benefit redesign projects. Senior counsel Hugh Gittins, who joined the team in 2018 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, along with senior counsel Edward Hunniset, has a wealth of transactional experience involving buy-ins, buy-outs and bulk annuity transactions. Recent contentious mandates have involved indexing disputes, Pensions Regulator investigations and member complaints.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

Slaughter and May's client list ranges from some of the largest international life sciences companies through to start-ups, universities and research institutions, as well as investors, and it counts GlaxoSmithKline as a key client. It provides multi-jurisdictional cover and is especially adept in the realms of corporate/M&A and finance deals where it provides a 'flawless' service.  David Johnson spearheads corporate and commercial transactions together with Simon NichollsSusie Middlemiss takes on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Slaughter and May has strong credentials in the offshore wind sector - the magic circle firm recently advised Danish energy giant Ørsted on its $4.46bn disposal of the Hornsea 1 wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners. The firm, which works with premium clients such as Centrica and Drax, has been acting for innogy on the merger of Npower with SSE’s domestic retail operations, and also previously advised the UK Government on its reforms of the electricity market.

Acquisition finance Tier 4

Slaughter and May's generalist banking and finance team has 'excellent knowledge of the loan market' and regularly handles private and public acquisition finance mandates for a borrower-focused client base. Fed a substantial amount of corporate finance mandates from the firm's pre-eminent roster of FTSE 100/250 clients, and also advising a sizeable number of private equity sponsors, the team has impressive knowledge of Term Loan B, unitranche and high-yield bond finance structures, as well as substantive experience advising on Loan Market Association documentation. Other niche areas of expertise include advice on "certain funds public bid" finance matters. Philip Snell heads the team.

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 4

Slaughter and May advises on a broad range of matters including venture capital investments and IPO exits, as well as acquisitions. While the firm is better known for its leading public M&A practice it has a strong roster of buyout house clients and also takes on mandates from management and entrepreneurs. Recent highlights include Murray Cox advising Global Infrastructure Partners on its £2.9bn sale of a 50.01% shareholding in London Gatwick Airport to VINCI airports. Jeff Twentyman heads up the practice.

Sport Tier 4

Slaughter and May's multi-disciplinary sports team stand out for its work on stadium construction and finance matters for Premier League clubs and event hosts, including the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and Arsenal FC. The magic circle firm is a go-to firm for big-ticket corporate transactions - it advised US businessman Shahid Khan on his bid for Wembley Stadium - while also handling other commercial matters such as media distribution deals, partnership and sponsorship agreements. The team's work for football clubs also covers governance work, employment matters and 'bet the company' disputes. Practice head Andrew Jolly regularly handles major transactions as well as corporate governance reviews.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

The 'highly skilled' team at Slaughter and May advises insurers and brokers on liability and coverage claims relating to D&O,  professional indemnity and business interruptions policies, and is regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Practice head Efstathios Michael stands out for his 'impressive tactical ability' in a wide range of matters, regularly handling work for key client Marsh.

Intellectual property Tier 5

Slaughter and May is 'always on top of the legal issues' and benefits from 'an excellent network of foreign advisers, who are able to provide top-notch support in multi-jurisdictional cases'. Practice head Susie Middlemiss has experience in contentious mandates, particular in the technology and life sciences sector, while David Ives and Cathy Connolly focus on commercial IP arrangements and transactional advice. Newly promoted partner Duncan Blaikie also assists clients in the technology and life sciences industries with strategic commercial matters.

International arbitration Tier 5

Slaughter and May's arbitration team 'is highly experienced and of uniformly high calibre, from partners to associates and trainees'. The team is best known for its assistance with particularly challenging arbitrations that threaten clients’ existence or positions in the market. Damian Taylor and James Stacey co-head the international arbitration group, and Efstathios Michael has conducted arbitrations under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, including ICC, LCIA and SIAC. At senior associate level, Megan Sandler and Peter Wickham are experienced advisers.

Planning Tier 5

Richard Keczkes of Slaughter and May provides strategic planning advice on large-scale commercial developments and acquisitions for the firm’s corporate clients. Mandates in the energy and infrastructure sectors include the construction of offshore windfarms, corporate acquisitions in the oil and gas sector, and advice on the provision of utilities infrastructure. The team has a solid reputation in the sport sector, having advised on a number of football stadium redevelopment projects. Further mandates include a number of London-based urban developments and mid-scale housing developments across the southeast of England.

Property finance Tier 5

Matthew Tobin and Ed Fife lead the team at Slaughter and May, which is particularly active on the borrower side, and counts many leading property companies among its clients. The team's core strengths are in development finance and private equity acquisitions involving underlying real estate assets. The practice also advises on complex investment finance matters and cross-border deals, and assists in transactions involving hotels, care homes, offices and residential properties.

Transport finance & leasing Tier 6

Although lacking a standalone asset finance offering, numerous practitioners within Slaughter and May's banking and finance team handle financing work in the transportation sector for longstanding clients including British Airways and Rolls-Royce. Team head Andrew Johnson has experience across a range of asset finance matters, including sale and leaseback agreements, and JOLCO financings.

Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm with a worldwide corporate, commercial and financing practice. The firm provides incisive advice while ensuring real value for money, and a professional service of the highest calibre. Slaughter and May is recognised throughout the business and legal community for its ability to help its clients realise and develop commercial opportunities, no matter how challenging the setting.

The firm: The firm prides itself on being different. A client-focused approach means that clients are central to its culture; and a multi-disciplinary philosophy ensures that lawyers have a broad understanding of many legal areas and can offer not only depth of expertise but also breadth of experience and sound commercial judgement.

The firm’s clients range from governments to entrepreneurs, from funds to leading banks, from retailers to entertainment companies and from industrial conglomerates to Premier League football clubs. It is trusted adviser to the largest UK and global public companies and acts for more FTSE companies than any other law firm, by some margin.

Global challenge; world-class response: Slaughter and May has an extensive international practice, assisting clients on business-critical, cross-border matters, providing legal advice that genuinely reflects what ‘global’ means for its clients. The firm sets itself apart from the market as it is not constrained by formal alliances or having to cross-sell fixed networks. Clients benefit from working with the best person for the job – no matter where in the world. The firm has developed extensive and meaningful relationships with like-minded experts in their own jurisdictions who have a depth of understanding that cannot be replicated, but can be shared.

Offices in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Beijing, combined with its relationships with market-leading firms around the world, allow Slaughter and May to deliver a world-class response to its clients’ challenges.

Recruitment: There are approximately 75-80 vacancies for trainee solicitors per year. In addition, work experience placements are available at Easter and during the summer for penultimate year undergraduates considering a career in law. The firm also runs 2-day Winter Workshops in December for law and non-law finalists and graduates, and Open Days at Easter for first year law students. Applications should be made using the online form which can be accessed via the website (www.slaughterandmay.com). Further information is available on the careers section of the firm’s website.

Other offices: Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Steve Cooke
Asset management Robert Chaplin
Asset management Paul Dickson
Asset management Andy Ryde
Capital markets Nilufer von Bismarck (equity)
Capital markets Andy Ryde (equity)
Capital markets Matthew Tobin (debt)
Competition Philippe Chappatte
Competition John Boyce
Competition litigation Richard Swallow
Contentious tax Tony Beare
Contentious tax Sarah Lee
Corporate and commercial Andy Ryde
Dispute resolution Sarah Lee
Environment John Nevin
Financial regulation Jan Putnis
Financial regulation Ben Kingsley
Financing Andrew McClean
Global investigations Deborah Finkler
Information technology Rob Sumroy
Information technology Richard Swallow
Infrastructure, energy and natural resources Mark Horton
Insurance Oliver Wareham
Intellectual property David Ives
Mergers and acquisitions Roland Turnill
Mergers and acquisitions Andy Ryde
Outsourcing Rob Sumroy
Pensions and employment Charles Cameron
Private equity Jeff Twentyman
Real estate Jane Edwarde
Real estate John Nevin
Real estate Richard Todd
Restructuring and insolvency Ian Johnson
Restructuring and insolvency Richard de Carle
Sovereign debt and eurozone Nilufer von Bismarck
Sovereign debt and eurozone Ian Johnson
Sport Andrew Jolly
Sport Rob Sumroy
Tax Sara Luder
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Number of UK partners : 100
Number of other UK fee-earners : 563