Slaughter and May > London, England > Firm Profile

Slaughter and May
ONE BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YY
England

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Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

Slaughter and May fields a team with a ‘high level of knowledge and experience‘, active on the full spectrum of tax matters, including transactions, restructurings and IPOs. The department is led by Mike Lane, who advises both domestic and international clients on a wide range of tax issues, including M&A, structured finance, and contentious matters. Gareth Miles has significant experience in private equity, and works on both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Dominic Robertson advises businesses on all areas of tax law, with a special focus on tech and life sciences, while recently promoted partner Charles Osborne has experience in group reorganisations and contentious matters. William Watson has a particular interest in the real estate and energy sectors, with additional experience in contentious tax. Associate Sarah Osprey is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lane

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Miles; Dominic Robertson; William Watson; Emma Game; Charles Osborne; Sarah Osprey

Testimonials

‘Commercial and collaborative, they work in close partnership with us as clients and link in closely with other practice areas in the firm to ensure a ‘one team’ service.’

‘Their advice is presented in a way which is clear to understand for non-lawyers. It also has a good practical focus and the team bring lots of real-life examples to help make the advice more applicable.’

‘Excellent quality of people. Advice is easy to understand and relevant for the business. Very supportive of both our business and people.’

‘Superb grasp of tax law and practice, highly professional, practical advice which is fit for the purpose requested.’

‘Mike Lane is a superb tax professional – a very broad knowledge of tax law and practice, a highly practical approach, and with excellent judgement in relation to tax risks.’

‘A mix of a great team and great collaboration with a high level of knowledge and experience, and always responsive. High quality work.’

‘Deep knowledge of complex tax legislation and full appreciation of the wider commercial factors at play which are handled by the same firm.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered

Ocado

Burberry

Centrica

abrdn

Ineos

Global Risk Partners

Prudential

Bourne Leisure

Barratt Developments

Schroders

Work highlights

  • Advised Shell plc on the simplification of its existing share structure.
  • Advised Daily Mail and General Trust plc on the business combination between Cazoo and AJAX 1.
  • Advised Virgin Group on all UK tax aspects of the successful restructuring of Virgin Active.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Slaughter and May‘s ‘top-class‘ competition group possesses market-leading multijurisdictional capabilities across the full scope of antitrust investigations, merger control cases, subsidy control issues, and consumer law matters. The ‘wonderful‘ global competition co-chair Bertrand Louveaux is reputed for the depth of his practice, advising a mix of blue-chip manufacturers, financial services providers, and tech companies both on transactional matters and before the various regulatory authorities. Fellow global co-chair Claire Jeffs routinely coordinates merger approvals on a global scale, and is also noted for her experience in cartel and other behavioural cases. Philippe Chappatte is a highly experienced EU and UK competition law adviser, with recent highlights including proposed acquisitions in the biotech and health tech sectors. Multinational tech companies and sovereign states alike turn to Isabel Taylor for her expertise in state aid, subsidy control, and competition authority investigations – both at home and abroad. Lisa Wright ‘s recent focus encompasses e-commerce and financial services, while William Turtle has handled matters for the full scope of consumer goods manufacturers – from food and drink to luxury products. Senior counsel Tina Zhuo is also recommended. Jonathan Slade was promoted to partner in May 2022. All named lawyers work between the firm’s London and Brussels offices.

Practice head(s):

Bertrand Louveaux; Claire Jeffs

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Chappatte; Isabel Taylor; Lisa Wright; William Turtle; Tina Zhuo; Jonathan Slade

Testimonials

‘Top-class firm. Highly experienced in the biggest and most difficult transactions. They will tell you with as much certainty as anyone can what is going to happen to your deal at the outset which is hugely valuable.’

‘Bertrand Louveaux is a standout partner. Vastly experienced and unafraid to tell you what you need to hear. He is worldly but grounded, and it’s very useful have someone like Bertrand who understands the political dimension of a transaction.’

‘Slaughter and May are just the best. They have a seemingly endless conveyor belt of excellent associates who complement the market-leading knowledge and gravitas of the senior partners.’

‘They know the law back to front. They’re on top of all the debates on current legal changes, and there are many. They are involved in the cases which are driving them. They know our (complex) business well. They command a room. Bertrand Louveaux is our lead partner, and is just wonderful.’

Key clients

Booking Holdings

British Airways/IAG

Daily Mail and General Trust

Diageo

Dignity

eBay

FNZ

GlaxoSmithKline

Google

Illumina

INEOS

Meggitt

Moody’s

Meta (formerly Facebook)

Nuance Corporation

Richemont (Compagnie Financière Richemont SA)

S&P Global

Suez

Ultra Electronics Holding

UK Government

Vodafone

Warner Music Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Google in relation to various investigations and market studies by the competition authorities in Europe (notably the EC, the UK CMA and the French Competition Authority), as well as globally (Japan, Australia, and South Africa) in relation to online platforms and digital advertising.
  • Advising Illumina on its $8bn acquisition of Grail, the first case called in by the European Commission under its new Article 22 policy, including the Commission’s Phase 2 review and the parallel application to the General Court to annul the Commission’s decision.
  • Advising S&P Global on international filings for its proposed $44bn merger with IHS Markit.

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

Trusted by more than two thirds of the FTSE 100, Slaughter and May remains the preeminent public company advisor for premium deals, acting on impressive array of divestitures, acquisitions, de-mergers, and buyouts – both domestic and international in nature. The corporate and M&A practice is now jointly led by Simon Nicholls and Richard Smith, who recently succeeded the heavyweight duo of Andy Ryde and Roland Turnill. The firm is routinely engaged on multi-billion pound transactions across a multitude of sectors, ranging from insurance to consumer goods. Senior partner Steve Cooke ’s far-reaching expertise is especially concentrated in takeover bids, while David Johnson ’s recent highlights include major transatlantic demergers and subsequent LSE main market listings. Simon Nicholls is recommended for his broad cross-border M&A capabilities, most recently for clients in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors. Commercial contracts specialist Victoria MacDuff is particularly noted for her capabilities in financial services, TMT, and real estate deals, while data privacy co-chair Rebecca Cousin‘s recent engagements include high-value transactions in the energy and financial services sectors. Sally Wokes maintains a wide-ranging practice, advising high-profile clients from the worlds of tech, retail, energy, and infrastructure. Robert Innes co-chairs the tech transactions group, while the ‘truly impressive’ James Cook – who was promoted to partner in May 2021 – often advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions concerning emerging markets.

Practice head(s):

Simon Nicholls; Richard Smith

Other key lawyers:

Andy Ryde; Roland Turnill; Steve Cooke; David Johnson; Simon Nicholls; Victoria Macduff; Sally Wokes; Rebecca Cousin; James Cook; Natalie Cook

Testimonials

‘The advice obtained is always to the point and easy to digest (even on complicated matters) and always provided in a timely manner.’

‘All members of the team are on hand to provide advice and guidance in a timely manner.’

‘Extremely collaborative and work seamlessly to cover different areas of the transaction based on their respective specialisations.’

‘All members of the team are on hand to provide advice and guidance in a timely manner. Particular stand out corporate M&A partners include Rebecca Cousin.’

‘Richard Smith was essential; he handled all Q&A sessions with poise and command; with strong strategic agility and control over the proceedings.’

‘James Cook showed extreme versatility, and demonstrated full command over every nuanced detail; he was always responsive and on the ball. He was truly impressive as a young partner, and demonstrated a real partnership mindset to all that he did. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any project moving forward.’

Key clients

abrdn

Burberry

Centrica

Diageo

DS Smith

General Electric

GlaxoSmithKline

Rolls-Royce

Work highlights

  • Advising Ultra Electronics Holdings on a recommended cash acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Ultra by Cobham Ultra Acquisitions Limited.
  • Advised Reckitt Benckiser Group plc on the sale of its Infant Formula and Child Nutrition business in China to Primavera Capital Group, a China-based private equity company, for $2.2bn.
  • Advised Fortress and Oppidum Bidco Limited on its offer for Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC in the largest UK private equity buy-out since KKR’s offer for Boots in 2007.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 1

Slaughter and May‘s banking litigation team offers ‘strength in depth at all levels’. The overall disputes and investigations group is led by Richard Swallow, while key figures in litigation include Ewan Brown, who has experience advising in relation to corporate crime, competition claims and tax appeals, and Camilla Sanger, whose practice covers commercial, banking and competition litigation. Both are described by one client as ‘perfect performers as partners’. ‘Hugely experienced‘ Deborah Finkler, and Jonathan Clark, who specialises in defending against allegations of deliberate wrongdoing, are also key part of the banking litigation team, which works across the financial services sector for high profile clients including JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. The practice has been in growth mode,  with Gayathri Kamalanathan joining as a partner in April 2021 from Danske Bank in Copenhagen, where she was head of group litigation and enforcement.   Peter Wickham  was made up to partner the same year.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The banking litigation team at Slaughter and May has strength in depth at all levels. They are able to draw on wider firm expertise in commercial litigation, regulatory/public law and financial regulation. The individual lawyers work phenomenally hard and are able to deliver high-quality work product at  short notice. The team routinely deals with the most complex and high value litigation.’

‘Richard Jeens is tremendously clever and has exceptionally good judgement. He understands the banking industry and has an extremely commercial approach focused on the practical objectives of the client. Richard is a clear and confident communicator and gets the best out of his team, by delegating effectively whilst exercising supervisory control.’

‘Deborah Finkler is hugely experienced and provides great strategic insight for the conduct of banking litigation.’

‘Holistic, qualified and value adding advice. Always available, customer-oriented and trustworthy.’

‘Gayathri Kamalanathan has an incisive mind, broad and relevant knowledge of the complexities of financial institutions and delivers prompt, succinct and actionable advice with a self-deprecating and understated manner. In the middle of a crisis or when we as a client are making some of our most difficult decisions, Gayathri is the person you want in the room.’

‘The team has incredible strength in depth across the full skillset – sector expertise, litigation skills and strategy and case and client management.’

‘Ewan Brown and Camilla Sanger are both perfect performers as partners, fully across the case and managing dealings with the client.’

Key clients

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

Deutsche Bank, A.G.

Mercuria Energy Trading Europe Limited

Credit Suisse Group

SIPAC and Predica/Potential Claim by Emerald and Trinity

Work highlights

  • Advising JP Morgan Chase Bank in relation to both the High Court litigation and the competing applications for Collective Proceedings Orders brought in the Competition Appeal Tribunal arising out of the global forex investigations.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank against claims brought in the Commercial Court against various financial institutions by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Advising Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from US$2bn financing of state tuna fishery and maritime security projects in the Republic of Mozambique.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 1

Fielding a pre-eminent competition litigation practice, Slaughter and May regularly acts on some of the largest private enforcement actions before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and High Court, as well as appeals before both national courts and the CJEU. Pooling cross-disciplinary expertise, the firm is praised for its ‘sheer quality’. Disputes and investigations practice head Richard Swallow has extensive experience of multi-jurisdictional competition litigation, having advised high-profile global clients such as Volkswagen and JPMorgan Chase. The team also benefits from ‘brilliant tactician’ Damian Taylor and ‘excellent litigator’ Jonathan ClarkCamilla Sanger, who has built up a large contentious antitrust practice, is also recommended along with 'formidable strategist' Holly Ware and Elizabeth Jordan.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Clark; Camilla Sanger; Damian Taylor; Holly Ware; Tim Blanchard; Peter Wickham; Elizabeth Jordan; Nick Ames; Isabel Taylor

Testimonials

‘Slaughter and May have undoubtedly developed one of the very top competition litigation teams in the City.’

‘Richard Swallow is the doyen of the team, an outstanding practitioner. Of particular note amongst the other partners are the brilliant tactician Damian Taylor, the formidable strategist Holly Ware and the excellent litigator Jonathan Clark; Camilla Sanger is building a large practice in this area and senior counsel Liz Jordan is a future star to watch out for.’

‘The competition litigation team at Slaughters is unique for the sheer quality of its lawyers across the board. Their junior associates up to senior partners are consistently outstanding, more so than any other firm in the field. The team is also unique in encouraging their lawyers to become involved in multiple types of litigation, meaning that associates tend to have a wider experience of litigation than associates at equivalent firms.’

‘Damian Taylor is outstanding. He is one of the sharpest partners in the competition law world and brings with him the experience of a heavyweight commercial litigation practice. He has an excellent ability to plan a long-term strategy in long-running, complex litigation.’

‘All very versed and experienced in the field of competition litigation.’

‘Intellectually first rate, extremely hardworking and devoted to the highest levels of quality.’

‘Camilla Sanger: charming and shrewd. Isabel Taylor: hugely experienced in merger law. Peter Wickham: newly made partner and deservingly so.’

Key clients

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

First MTR South Western Trains Limited

MAN

Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil SA

Deutsche Bank, A.G.

Volkswagen AG (and other group entities)

Infineon Technologies AG

Illumina

Google

Vodafone

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Work highlights

  • Advising Philips in respect of follow-on claims in the English High Court arising out of the CRT and CRT Glass cartel decisions.
  • Acting for JPMorgan Case Bank N.A. on cross-border investigations in relation to alleged misconduct in the G10 spot FX market and defending subsequent civil claims in the High Court and Competition Appeals Tribunal.
  • Advising First MTR South Western Trains Limited in respect of proposed collective proceedings brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal under s. 47B of the Competition Act 1998.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 1

The tax disputes team at Slaughter and May are frequently involved in high-profile tribunal cases and advise on mandates such as transfer pricing, state aid and tax residence. The firm undertakes both transactional and contentious matters with the ability to provide cutting-edge advice on evidence gathering, privilege and dealing with witnesses. Richard Jeens  co-heads the practice with Dominic Robertson  who regularly handles EU tax state aid investigations. Steve Edge is an accomplished contentious tax practitioner while Ewan Brown  co-heads the global investigations group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jeens; Dominic Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Slaughter and May has a legendary tax team with an excellent reputation spanning many decades.’

‘This is an exceptional team with outstanding legal ability and analysis and a huge range of experience of all areas of tax and industry.’

‘Unrivalled technical expertise, knowledge and confidence in backing own position.’

‘Always on and commitment to deliver results on time.’

‘A deep knowledge of tax and client care that is second to none: they leave me feeling I am in safe hands and even the most intractable problem can be resolved.’

‘Steve Edge is a living legend in the UK tax world. He learned his craft from people who were practicing when corporation tax and capital gains tax were introduced in 1965. His breadth of experience is unparalleled. But he is no mere elder statesman, wheeled out on grand occasions to utter a few platitudes and reel off tired anecdotes from days gone by: he is as sharp as ever and more able to focus on work and clients that he finds interesting and where he thinks he can add value. He is a great ally to have.’

‘The Slaughter and May team were absolute experts in tax litigation, but they were unique in how they brought a very focused and commercial approach as well as their expertise to this litigation. These capabilities with their collaborative and creative approach set them apart from any other advisers and meant that collaboration with the Slaughter and May team was seamless and delivered an exceptional services at all times.’

‘James Stacey and his team William Burrows and Ross O’Mahony were highly skilled professionals, very commercial and focused and quick to get to the nub of matters. They were fully committed to solving the case and any problem was addressed fully and comprehensively.’

Key clients

BlueCrest

GlaxoSmithKline

Mercuria Energy Europe Trading

Vodafone

Vitol

Work highlights

  • Advised the Vitol group in relation to anongoing transfer pricing and diverted profits tax (DPT) dispute with HMRC.
  • Advised BlueCrest on several matters relating to challenges to the UK tax treatment of its management incentivisation arrangements.
  • Advised Vodafone and GSK on the European Commission’s State aid investigation into the group financing exemption from the UK’s CFC rules.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 1

Slaughter and May has a well-established reputation in the market as ‘a go-to law firm in terms of its detailed analysis of legal issues related to employee share schemes’. Corporate pension plans expert Charles Cameron heads the team while Philip Linnard, who ‘has a knack for thinking outside the box’, is ‘a go-to-partner’ for listed and unlisted companies seeking assistance with executive remuneration, employee bonus and share plan matters. Also recommended are  Ian Brown and  Rosemary Nelson, who together have extensive experience in handling the incentives aspects of major M&A, public takeovers, and rights issuance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Charles Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Phil Linnard; Padraig Cronin; Ian Brown; Rosemary Nelson; Richard Surtees

Testimonials

‘Philip Linnard provides world-class knowledge, expertise and service. He is very good at tailoring his advice to the particular situation and is a very good listener. Overall, he is an excellent adviser.’

‘The team have been outstanding at taking on the task of assisting us with what is a very complicated set of executive incentive schemes and drawing up rules for the employee share scheme.’

‘Philip Linnard is very accommodating and gives us access to assistance at very short notice and sometimes based on pretty unrealistic timelines.’

‘The team approaches problems in a very pragmatic way, offering solutions that go beyond the basic legalities, providing value-added ideas to smooth issues out. They are extremely quick to respond and are clear with their instructions. I have enjoyed working with them, which makes projects easier to manage.’

‘The team of Padraig Cronin, Ian Brown and Richard Surtees have advised us on a number of projects over the last year. They are all very approachable and have a down-to-earth manner when dealing with queries. Padraig in particular is able to explain detailed technical matters very simply and is very quick to respond, even on weekends and bank holiday. Ian is technically very competent and Richard has drafted and project managed transactions very well.’

‘Slaughter and  May has established itself as a go-to law firm in terms of its detailed analysis of legal issues related to employee share schemes. The firm adopts an all inclusive approach in legal analysis and ultimately offers bespoke and pragmatic solutions to novel and complex legal issues.’

‘Philip Linnard has become our go-to partner for employee share scheme legal questions. He is very responsive and robust in preferring legal solutions.’

‘Always super responsive, articulate, and able to provide advice in a way which is suitable for immediate presentation to a range of stakeholders with varying degrees of legal understanding.

Key clients

Schroders

M&G

Intermediate Capital Group

Reckitt Benckiser Group

Ocado Group

Prudential

Land Securities Group

Vodafone Group

Whitbread

Barratt Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised FTSE 100 client Ashtead on the implementation of its new restricted share plan.
  • Assisted Prudential with the treatment of existing executive and all-employee incentive awards related to the demerger of its $4bn US business, Jackson Financial.
  • Advised ASOS on the employment and incentives aspects of its move from AIM to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Slaughter and May is described as 'the firm to go to when you want something done that has never been done before, or in a way that's never been done before'. The practice has a strong advisory focus, while also handling complex transactional matters, acting for both trustees and sponsors, and is made up of 'exceptional pensions lawyers who have the ability not just to communicate complexity clearly, but to provide strategic guidance to find a way through difficult challenges.' Key names include practice head Charles Cameron, 'big-hitter' Sandeep Maudgill and the highly regarded Daniel Schaffer.

Practice head(s):

Charles Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Sandeep Maudgil; Daniel Schaffer; Chris Sharpe; Hugh Gittins; Edward Hunnisett; Isobel Carruthers

Testimonials

‘Sandeep Maudgil is a true pensions big-hitter – with a formidable mastery of the technical detail allied with a highly personable approach and a sharp strategic focus.’

‘Chris Sharpe is a pleasure to deal with. He is extremely responsive and competent, and the advice he gives is thoughtful and pragmatic.’

‘Charles Cameron – very client focussed, committed and commercial. Highly approachable and excellent bedside manner. Hugely enjoyable to work with.

‘Sandy Maudgil is our main contact. He is the best technical lawyer out there and gets right down in the trenches with his client – he combines that with a real creative flair and a surprisingly fun and engaging personality (for a lawyer!)’

‘Daniel Schaffer stands out for his analytical skill and capability to cover all aspects of a case to deliver successful outcomes.’

‘Charles Cameron is able to straddle both the big picture and details and delegates as required within the team.’

‘Hugh Gittins – excellent all-round pensions law knowledge. Great at remembering detail, and is a genuine pleasure to deal with.’

‘Dan Schaffer and Isobel Carruthers have very good commercial ideology on the needs of the client.’

Key clients

AkzoNobel and ICI

BT Pension Scheme (Trustees)

Caterpillar Pension Plans (Trustees)

Colgate Palmolive (UK) Pension Plan (Trustees)

Daily Mail (DMGT)

De La Rue

E.ON

Essentra

FirstGroup

Fortress Investment Group

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Interserve

Legal & General

Railways Pension Trustee Company (Trustee of Railways Pension Scheme (RPS) and other legacy railways related pension schemes)

Royal Mail

SCA UK Pension Plan (Trustees)

Severn Trent pension schemes (Trustees)

Tata Steel UK (British Steel Pension Scheme)

Texas Instruments

United Utilities

Viridor

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustee of the £65bn BT Pension Scheme on the June 2020 triennial valuation including a £2bn asset backed funding arrangement secured against the EE business and an innovative new “stabiliser” mechanism reducing the risk of future trapped surplus.
  • Advised Daily Mail and General Trust on negotiations with the trustees of the £3.2bn Daily Mail pension schemes to reach agreement on mitigation measures addressing the covenant impact of a special distribution to all shareholders.
  • Advised Fortress on their negotiations with the trustees of the £6bn Morrisons pension schemes to reach agreement on a package of funding measures supporting the pension schemes to buyout, in the context of the contested bid process for Morrisons.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 1

Lauded for its ‘excellent market knowledge and appreciation for their clients’ commercial position’ Slaughter and May provides a ‘service that is second-to-none’ on behalf of the firm’s market-leading borrower focused client base, that include a huge proportion of FTSE 100/250 coporates. The scope of the work is broad and includes advice on general corporate lending, acquisition finance and refinancings, with a significant amount of recent transactions including pricing ratchets conditional on meeting various ESG-related key performance indicators (KPI). Many of the practitioners within the team have had experience of advising on such transactions, including team head Philip Snell who recently advised South32 on a $1.4bn sustainability-linked credit facility, in what was one of the first of such loans in the mining industry. Recognised as a ‘sound advisor through complex transactions in a very challenging environment’, Matthew Tobin is regularly engaged by major corporates on highly strategic mandates, including his export credit-backed £2bn loan provided to British Airways to ease its liquidity problems in the aftermath of the pandemic. Caroline Philips is also a key member of the team and really understands the commercial and legal implications for treasury teams across a range of financings.

Practice head(s):

Philip Snell; Matthew Tobin; Simon Hall

Other key lawyers:

Robert Byk; Ed Fife; Guy O’Keefe; Caroline Phillips; Richard Jones; Azadeh Nassiri; Susan Hughes; Samay Shah; Claire Cooke; Charlie McGarel-Groves

Testimonials

‘The service was second to none – the advice was on point, commercial and responsive.’

‘The team has high levels of professionalism, excellent market knowledge and appreciation for clients’ commercial position in addition to legal perspective.’

Depth and breadth of knowledge right across the discipline with the ability to leverage the wide range of transactions undertaken to deliver on market commercial transactions.’

Pragmatic and commercial with the ability to articulate complex legal points in a way non-legal people can understand.’

Philip Snell provides helpful, frank and effective advice that allows us to progress issues.’

‘Caroline Phillips’ industry knowledge, including upcoming developments really sets her apart. She also understood the practical implications for our Treasury team.’

Matthew Tobin – excellent management of the broader team, links commercial and legal objectives, and is a sound advisor through complex transactions in a very challenging environment.’

Key clients

Athora

British Airways

Electrolux

FirstGroup

ITV

John Lewis

Rolls-Royce

South32

Work highlights

  • Advised British Airways on a £2bn facility agreement with 80% UKEF guarantee; and a £1bn five year facility agreement.
  • Advised Electrolux on a €1bn sustainability-linked multicurrency revolving credit facility.
  • Advised South32 on a $1.4bn sustainability-linked credit facility.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 1

Slaughter and May is highly regarded for its expert handling of large-scale transactions in the insurance sector, including public and private M&A, debt and equity capital markets work as well as cross-border reinsurance transactions. Part VII transfers, pension deriskings, restructurings and complex disputes are further key areas of focus for the department. In the past year, the practice has seen increasing instructions in relation to consolidation deals in the non-life retail broking sphere. Jonathan Marks oversees the team, recommended for dealing with corporate, governance and risk transfer issues. Craig Cleaver focuses on M&A in the insurance-space, while Nick Bonsall handles insurance advisory and derisking matters. Robert Chaplin works across the life and non-life sectors for insurance groups, financial sponsors, Lloyd’s businesses and government/supra-national organisations.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Marks

Other key lawyers:

Craig Cleaver; Robert Chaplin; Nick Bonsall; Nick Pacheco

Testimonials

‘Excellent industry knowledge and brilliant people.’

‘They speak in plain English, and are able to explain complex issues simply to non-experts.’

Key clients

Ageas

Aviva

Allianz

Canada Life

Legal & General

M&G

Markerstudy

Prudential

RiverStone

RSA

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva on the sale of its entire shareholding in Aviva Poland to Allianz for cash consideration of EUR 2.5 billion.
  • Advised Markerstudy, a portfolio company of Pollen Street Capital, on the acquisitions of BGL Insurance (BGLi) from BGL Group and of Clegg Gifford Holdings Limited, the parent company of Clegg Gifford & Co Limited.
  • Advised Tata Steel on a c.£500 million partial buy-in transaction with Legal & General for the British Steel Pension Scheme.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Slaughter and May advises on all aspects of large-scale development projects, particularly in the sports sector, where the ‘excellent real estate team’ has demonstrable experience in major stadia mandates. In the corporate occupier space, high-profile headquarters relocations take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload - the team is notably well-regarded for its work for other major law firms. The team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s corporate and tax groups to handle all forms of direct and indirect investments, particularly portfolio transactions, often involving a cross-border element. Jane Edwarde leads the team and has considerable experience in sports-related projects, such as advising Everton Football Club on the development of its 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. John Nevin has a ‘marvellous talent for distilling the key points’ when advising on acquisitions, developments and letting matters, while ‘exceptional’ senior counsel Simon Bartle is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is always knowledgeable, helpful and diligent. They understand our needs, always respond in a timely fashion and sometimes refer us to other helpful contact in other jurisdictions.’

‘An excellent real estate team with significant experience of acting for tenants on major lettings and complex pre-let developments in London.’

‘John Nevin and Simon Bartle are an excellent team who compliment each other extremely well in their advice to clients.’

‘The team are the most commercially-minded occupier team I have dealt with in the UK market. They are responsive and proactive, with a real strength in depth.’

‘John Nevin provides a high quality of service, with all advice balanced against the commercial reality of the transaction and what’s most important to the business.’

‘Strong understanding of the real estate environment, as well as applicable laws and statutes. Excellent negotiators and clear advice given.’

‘Quick to respond and always accurate. Staffing always appropriate for the job at hand.’

‘One of this team’s particular strengths is its ability to provide commercial and pragmatic advice that is tailored to its occupier client and their business requirements. The team is very good at identifying potential issues and liabilities which it then protects its clients against with robust drafting.’

Key clients

Allen & Overy

Arsenal

Baker McKenzie

Bourne Leisure

Bupa

Cemex

Credit Karma

Crisis

Diageo

Dobbies Garden Centres

Elysian Residences

Equinix

Everton

INEOS

Inmarsat

ITV

John Lewis

JLL

London Resort Company Holdings

Masterworks

McDermott Will & Emery

Marks and Spencer

MCC

Nimax Theatres

Ocado

Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom

Taj Hotels

Tata Steel

Therme Group

Tonstate Group

Tottenham

Travers Smith

Viridor

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Jones Lang LaSalle on its new Docklands offices at 20 Water Street and advised on its new London headquarters at 1 Broadgate.
  • Advised Allen & Overy on its new London headquarters at 2 Broadgate.
  • Advising Inmarsat in connection with its move to new London headquarters at 50 Finsbury Square, London EC2.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 1

The ‘highly regarded expert team‘ at Slaughter and May plays a leading role in major ongoing SFO cases, including representing the likes of British American Tobacco and John Wood Group in high-profile proceedings. The firm offers strong criminal and regulatory expertise, with a focus on complex investigations, often involving multijurisdictional elements, relating to bribery, corruption, market abuse, and sanctions issues, as well as providing compliance advice on international trade and AML policies. The practice is led by the ‘superbRichard Swallow , Jonathan Cotton , and Ewan Brown , each of whom offer extensive expertise in complex SFO and international regulatory investigations and prosecutions, while Holly Ware is noted for her global investigations work, largely acting against the FCA and SFO. James Stacey  has a strong record in work for listed companies and financial services entities, while Gayathri Kamalanathan has in-house financial services expertise and specialises in regulatory investigations and litigation within the industry. Senior counsel Ella Williams continues to play a key role in complex regulatory prosecutions as well as providing compliance advice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow; Jonathan Cotton; Ewan Brown

Testimonials

‘Three factors : 1. The sheer brilliance of their legal expertise at every level 2. Their openness to input from the client and to leverage any insights the client can add 3. Their culture of close teamwork – where the most junior lawyer is made to feel valued.’

‘Richard Swallow : partner par excellence. Gave me as client the clarity and confidence to live free of anxiety as I always felt he would ensure we had the best legal brains preparing the best possible case, and because of his evident skill in ensuring very effective collaboration across the multitude of players involved internationally. He also led his team – and all our meetings – by combining serious professionalism and his own deep expertise, with lightness of touch and humour – empowering his younger colleagues and generating an atmosphere of excellent collaboration.’

‘Slaughter and May is able to offer a 360 degree service, with experts in every field of law in respect of which advice may be required in the context of regulatory investigations and corporate crime.’

‘Every individual at Slaughter and May is an excellent lawyer. Standout partners are: Richard Swallow – a brilliant negotiator who you want on your side. Jonathan Cotton – exceptionally bright, yet practical and pragmatic. Ewan Brown – calm and considered, he is a brilliant lawyer. Jonathan Clark – with fantastic judgment, will fight for his client every step of the way. Holly Ware – sharp and incisive, a fearsome opponent.’

‘Richard Swallow is superb – he acts for all the household names. Johnny Cotton is also superb.’

‘Highly regarded expert team that can offer all the assistance clients need’

‘The Regulatory Investigations & Corporate Crime at Slaughter & May are excellent. Key strength is the extremely high quality of the lawyers.’

‘Jonathan Cotton is excellent. He is an outstanding litigator who has a very calm manner and takes a pragmatic approach to difficult issues.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco plc

John Wood Group PLC

Mr Malcolm Brinded

Former director of Patisserie Valerie

Rolls Royce

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending British American Tobacco plc against the SFO’s long running investigation of suspicions of corruption by bat plc, its subsidiaries and associated persons.
  • Advising John Wood Group plc in relation to successful resolution of an investigation by the SFO into alleged bribery.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Slaughter and May advises major technology-based businesses and emerging companies on the full range of technology matters. These include transactions, regulatory and competition issues, licensing strategies, outsourcing and transformation projects, platform redevelopments, IT disputes, and blockchain, AI and cyber matters . The team also has expertise in the telecoms space, handling network set-up and sharing, connectivity and fibre arrangements, physical and virtual data centres, and tower infrastructure. Practice group head Rob Sumroy is praised as an ‘exceptional practitioner’ who handles major commercial licensing and procurement transactions, as well as technology disputes. Of recent note is his experience in assisting clients with emerging disruptive technologies, including AI and blockchain, fintech, cyber, and e-commerce issues. David Ives has clients in both the private and public sectors, and advises on outsourcing and software matters, and complex IT systems separation projects. Duncan Blaikie specialises in strategic technology and telecoms procurement and licensing arrangements, while corporate lawyer Victoria MacDuff handles technology and telecoms-related commercial transactions. Laura Houston and James Cook were promoted to partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team have a drive, passion and dedication to achieve the best result for the client no matter what the domain or area of interest. They are effective in their use of external subject matter specialists to provide additional depth when required, allowing them to expand their area of reach while maintaining incredibly high standards.’

‘The team bring a great understanding of the underlying industry and technology to their work; combined with first-rate legal advice and service.’

‘Rob Sumroy and Richard McDonnell are a highly efficient and dedicated unit that use precision and legal excellence to achieve extraordinary results for their clients.’

‘Their ability to understand complex matters and distil this down in a way that is understood and actionable is the best in the market.’

‘Rob Sumroy is an exceptional practitioner; he is extremely knowledgeable, available and personable.’

Key clients

AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik

Deepmind Technologies

Google

INEOS

Klarna Bank AB

Magway Limited

Meta

Nuance Corporation

Orient Overseas

PrimaryBid

Richemont

Salesforce

Santander

Schneider

SoftBank

Standard Chartered

Telegram

Vodafone Ltd

Xero Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised SC Ventures on a number of its strategic partnerships, to further the development of digital assets and platforms.
  • Advised DeepMind Technologies on the technology aspects of both its day-to-day work and larger strategic projects.
  • Advised Vodafone on numerous deals, including the strategic broadband deal, pursuant to which Vodafone UK expanded its partnership with CityFibre in order to become Britain’s largest full-fibre broadband provider.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

Slaughter and May ‘always provides very commercial advice in a timely manner’ and fields ‘a first-class team of talented individuals’ led by Duncan Blaikie and Oly Moir; Blaikie is active in the IP, technology, financial services and retail sectors, while Moir excels in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources arenas. The group is particularly well regarded for its experience in cross-border mandates, leveraging the firm’s global strength, acting for a roster of household names including John Lewis, Asda and Vodafone. Other key practitioners include Rob Sumroy, who is head of the firm’s technology and strategic sourcing practice, and David Ives, who focuses on the retail and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Blaikie; Oly Moir

Other key lawyers:

Rob Sumroy; David Ives; Laura Houston

Testimonials

‘Always provides very commercial advice and in a timely manner.’

‘First-class team of talented individuals.’

‘Strong intellect, high integrity, demeanour of utmost confidence.’

‘Slaughter and May provide a high quality service. They listen to the nuances of the ask and respond accordingly.’

‘Laura Houston is simply excellent. She understood exactly what I needed and delivered on time, with a great quality product – bravo!’

‘Duncan Blaikie provides a really commercial focus and filters out the unnecessarily distracting components.’

‘Superb client service. Likeable, knowledgeable lawyers who are always prepared to go the extra mile and challenge the thinking of their clients.’

‘First-class lawyers while remaining grounded and modest. Working with them is always a pleasure.’

Key clients

abrdn plc

Afreximbank SAE

ASDA Stores Limited

Aviva

FNZ Group Services Limited

John Lewis

Johnson Matthey

Legal & General Investment Management

Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc

Richemont International SA

Standard Chartered Bank

Tata Steel

UK Asset Resolution Limited

Vodafone

Zurich Insurance Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the African Union on all aspects of its program required to procure Covid-19 vaccines, including the conception and establishment of novel contractual framework.
  • Advised Legal & General Investment Management on all aspects of its regulated, enterprise-wide outsourcing to State Street in respect of its front office services, middle office services and technology solutions.
  • Advised John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose Limited on the roll-out of a long-term product supply and distribution arrangement with Shell in relation to the operation of Waitrose concessions on Shell forecourts.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap Tier 2

Well regarded for its ‘deep experience in ECM’, Slaughter and May has an issuer focus and handles a range of transactions in the space. The forte for the firm is its relationships with early-stage technology companies, assisting them to scale and grow. Practice head Rebecca Cousin has particular strength in supporting clients on equity raises, right issuances, placings and IPOs. Her team ‘has mastery of this area’.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Cousin

Other key lawyers:

David Johnson; Harry Hecht

Testimonials

‘Slaughter & May have deep experience in ECM. The differentiator is that they don’t just tell you the law, they can tell you how regulators and market players will behave in practice. They have mastery of this area.’

‘David Johnson – experienced operator with a practical approach that gets problems solved. Harry Hecht – exceptionally competent and ego-free lawyer. I am extremely comfortable putting him in front of my Board of Directors to explain tricky issues and ECM processes.’

Key clients

Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Prudential

BHP Group

The Restaurant Group

Pepco Group

ASOS

Cineworld

Accsys Technology

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Shell plc

Ascential

Telegram

Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford Nanopore Technologies PLC on its initial public offering.
  • Advised BHP on the unification of its dual-listed company structure under its parent entity, Limited.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 2

At Slaughter and May, the practice is able to leverage the experience of Deborah Finkler, a lawyer with a three-decade long track record of acting on FCA, PRA and FOS proceedings. Elsewhere, Ewan Brown serves as a go-to within the market for FX manipulation cases, while Holly Ware is a figure of prominence owing to her LIBOR investigation, market abuse and money laundering know-how. Jonathan Cotton is acclaimed for his capabilities in export controls and sanctions, Company Act offences and FSMA matters, among many others, and the team also includes Gayathri Kamalanathan, an up-and-coming partner with over 10 years experience of senior in-house roles at leading banks. Jonathan Clark is also a key name to note. Richard Swallow leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Testimonials

‘Very strong individuals, and an exceptional ability to scale teams up and down to fit the volume of work required. This works because of the quality they have.’

‘Ewan Brown is great for difficult issues, and is quick to win the confidence of boards and senior stakeholders. He has very wide expertise. He is also very pragmatic and approachable.’

‘In general, all team members – partners and associates – bring an exceptional degree of commitment and skill.’

‘Holistic, qualified and value adding advice. Always available, customer-oriented and trustworthy.’

‘Gayathri Kamalanathan is the partner I have the greatest interaction with. I have a very high degree of interaction with. My view of her: incisive mind, broad and relevant knowledge of the complexities of financial institutions who delivers prompt, succinct and actionable advice with a self-deprecating and understated manner. In the middle of a crisis or when we as a client are making some of our most difficult decisions, Gayathri is the person you want in the room and in all the work that goes on after the room has adjourned.’

‘Ewan Brown – smart guy, excellent client manner and my go to for this type of work.’

‘Slaughter and May is unique in the breadth of experience of their lawyers, the quality of associates and their strategic advice. When the chips are down they are ultimately the people you need to have on speed dial.’

‘Ewan Brown is also a standout.’

Key clients

Zurich

Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Aviva

Standard Life

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Strategic advice to Zurich on a high-profile business interruption insurance FCA test case.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from $2bn tuna bond scandal, which was the subject of US, UK and Swiss regulatory outcomes in October 2021.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 2

The team at Slaughter and May is highly regarded for its ‘rare combination of technical excellence, market knowledge, strong negotiating capabilities and great people skills’. The practice is especially accomplished in the UK banking and payment services sectors, acting across a sizeable breadth of matters such as regulatory capital, prudential governance and policy developments. Jan Putnis serves as practice head, leveraging a far-reaching roster of expertise in matters such as structural reform work, corporate and commercial transactions, resolution planning and regulatory reform; he is supported at partner-level by Nick Bonsall, an optimal capital structure, risk transfer arrangement and governance arrangement expert. Kristina Locmele disperses considerable knowledge of e-money, consumer credit and payment services affairs, while fellow senior counsel Tim Fosh has expertise in bank capital structuring issues, cryptoassets, AI and derivatives regulation.

Practice head(s):

Jan Putnis

Testimonials

‘The Slaughter & May team have a rare combination of technical excellence, market knowledge, strong negotiating capabilities and great people skills. They are a pleasure to work with and even in the most stressful time pressured environments always approach their work with complete professionalism and good humour.’

‘Nick Bonsall and the team truly stand out. What differentiates them from competitors is their innate ability to understand and analyse our business goals/needs and construct a way of realistic way to achieve them in a compliant and beneficial way for our customers, our business and our shareholders. They do this quickly and are able to always keep pace with what has been a challenging market and regulatory backdrop.’

‘An ability to focus a number of very able and committed individuals on the matter at hand, and scale up and down teams as required. This is something uniquely well down by Slaughter and May in my experience.’

‘Nick Bonsall is exceptionally friendly and approachable; very strong on regulatory matters. The firm has a wide experience of working on cutting edge and tricky issues across industry sectors and brings this to be bear in its advice and approach.’

‘Kristina Locmele is a fantastic senior counsel who works with our team on complex regulatory and product matters. She is a trusted pair of hands who is able to engage with the real-world challenges faced by our business.’

‘The team provide a depth of experience and expertise with knowledgable and credible individuals supported by experienced partners who work together to provide good coverage in a number of evolving areas.’

‘Tim Fosh at Slaughter & May demonstrated depth of knowledge and understanding of evolving businesses applied to existing regulatory frameworks. Built his understanding of our business and leveraged the team at S&M to provide cohesive and coherent advice and guidance.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered

SC Ventures

abrdn plc

Checkout.com

Wise

Softbank Vision Fund 2

OneSavings Bank

Prudential

Santander

Klarna

Aviva

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advised abrdn plc (formerly Standard Life Aberdeen plc) on the issuance of subordinated contingent convertible notes.
  • Advised SC Ventures on its partnership with BC Technology Group, Asia’s leading digital asset company, to launch a digital asset brokerage and exchange platform for institutional and corporate clients in the UK and Europe.
  • Advised Checkout.com on a range of regulatory, new product and territory initiatives across the UK and Europe.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

Fielding a sizeable team of 'top performers', Slaughter and May acts in cases that are central to the commercial and reputational interests of leading corporates active across all industries. The firm has a stellar reputation for class actions, with Camilla Sanger and Efstathios Michael regularly acting in the most novel and complex examples of such litigation; an ongoing highlight sees the department defending BHP Group in proceedings involving over 200,000 claimants arising out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. The bench was further strengthened at partner level by the making up of Megan Sandler in May 2022. Sandler joins such recommended names as Damian Taylor and Holly Ware. Richard Swallow heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Camilla Sanger; Jonathan Clark; Efstathios Michael; Damian Taylor; James Stacey; Peter Wickham; Holly Ware; James Stacey; Robert Turnbull; Megan Sandler

Testimonials

‘The best lawyers and outstanding dedication to the task at hand – overall star quality.’

‘All top performers, clever, and great to work with.’

‘Top quality service. Spot on almost every time. Makes my life easier.’

‘Always appear in control. Listen well. Very responsive.’

‘Team collaborates well – gives practical litigation advice and is efficient.’

‘Efstathios Michael – smart and practical litigator who is delightful to work with.’

‘Jono Clark; James Stacey; Damian Taylor; Camilla Sanger – all top performers, clever, and great to work with’

Key clients

BHP Group

British American Tobacco plc

Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

Diageo

Rolls-Royce

Bupa

Countrywide Limited

Aker BP ASA

ITV Plc

Virgin America TM Limited and Virgin Enterprises Limited

SIPAC and Predica/Potential Claim by Emerald and Trinity

Work highlights

  • Defending BHP Group against claims involving over 200,000 claimants arising out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil.
  • Representing British American Tobacco in a group claim brought by Malawian tobacco farmers, concerning allegations of child and forced labour on third party farms in Malawi.
  • Representing Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from the $2bn “tuna bond scandal”.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Slaughter and May utilises the expertise of its commercial litigation and pensions lawyers in pensions disputes, with a case list that includes judicial reviews, investigations and proceedings initiated by the pensions regulator, as well as professional negligence claims and mediation proceedings, benefits disputes and ombudsman complaints. Core team members include ‘confidence-inspiring‘ commercial litigator Richard Jeens, who represents trustees and employers in a wide variety of disputes and investigations; and Daniel Schaffer, who trustee clients rate for his ‘depth and breadth of experience and clarity in communicating the key issues‘. Senior associate Edward Coles, who has recent experience in investigations before the pensions regulator; while associate Rachel Hunter is increasingly active in the space.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jeens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely responsive and very personable, making them (from a client perspective) a pleasure to deal with. I have been particularly impressed by the intellectual clarity and structure which underpins their legal analysis and advice. This greatly contributes to them being able to communicate effectively with us. This is allied with a formidable approach to negotiations. Crucially, the link between the pensions and dispute resolution specialists in the team is seamless.’

‘Richard Jeens has led for us on the disputes side. From a client perspective, he is extremely straightforward to deal with, and has a very firm grasp of both the details and the strategic big picture. He is very bright and commercially aware, and highly responsive. He is also a really excellent communicator.’

‘Highly sophisticated team, with both transactional and advisory/litigation capabilities in the pension sphere.’

‘Dan Schaffer is the leading intellect among London pension solicitors. He is tireless in exploring every angle that might serve a client’s commercial agenda.’

‘They need no introduction. You go to Slaughter and May for them to get the job done, and done exceptionally well.’

‘Strength in depth and calibre of the people are outstanding.’

‘Dan Schaffer in particular is a stand-out advisor. His depth and breadth of experience and clarity in communicating the key issues is invaluable in advising the trustees.’

‘Very cohesive and exceptional quality team. Excellent communication and draw out key points for non-specialists. Very effective relationships with Counsel and high quality instruction.’

Key clients

Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Ford Pension Schemes

Trustees of the Marks and Spencer Pension Scheme

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited, the Trustee of the Railways Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advising the Trustees of the BT Pension Scheme, Ford Pension Schemes and Marks and Spencer Pension Scheme in relation to their application for a judicial review of the UK Statistics Authority’s decision to align RPI with CPIH from 2030.
  • Advising Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited, the Trustee of the industry-wide Railways Pension Scheme, in relation to a dispute over contributions provisions and a connected investigation by the Pensions Regulator.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 2

The team is responsive, and knowledgeable’, say clients of Slaughter and May.   Another notes that the firm has 'an extreme breath of knowledge across all debt capital market transactions, providing useful insight that helps the client with important decision-making'. The firm is a key adviser on UK public company debt issuance, though it is also increasingly active for underwriters. Lead partner Matthew Tobin who is 'able to provide solutions to unexpected challenges and is very responsive to queries',  acted for AerCap Holdings N.V., the world's largest aircraft leasing company, in the establishment of a new EMTN programme that is now listed on the GEM market of Euronext Dublin. Key partner Edward Fife assisted online fashion retailer ASOS with the issuance of £500m in unsecured convertible bonds. Guy O’Keefe and newly promoted partner Kevin Howes advised Cineworld Group plc on an issuance of $213m of convertible bonds that were privately placed with a select group of leading institutional investors. Caroline Phillips also plays a key role in DCM transactions and handled a €500m bond issue by INEOS Quattro Finance.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Tobin

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Howes; Peaches Stanforth; Edward Fife; Guy O’Keefe; Caroline Phillips

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive, and knowledgeable.’

‘Slaughter and May have an extreme breath of knowledge across all debt capital market transactions, providing useful insight that helps the client with important decision-making. They are thorough and efficient with their work, and always add value to our transaction. Resourcing has never been an issue, and they are always able to meet even the tightest of deadlines, delivering the highest quality of service every time.’

‘I have been working with Matthew Tobin at Slaughter and May for over ten years. His knowledge of the transactions, our sector, but also our specific business is incredible. It means Matthew is able to add value and challenge in the most efficient ways.’

‘Slaughter and May has done an excellent job of providing legal services to and on behalf of the English entity, representing the entity to the Board of Directors, and otherwise providing high-level legal advice and professionally managing an atypical lawyer-client relationship.’

‘Peaches Stanforth has provided exceptional quality for an associate of her level. She is a thoughtful, responsive, respectful, professional associate who has managed various workstreams to a high level of professionalism and responsiveness.’

‘The Slaughter and May team under Matthew Tobin advised us on both our unsecured bond and convertible bond issuance in 2021. The team held the pen on the listing prospectus and key transaction documents, helped us maintain position on key legal points, and managed the process well which ensured the bonds were executed as planned.’

‘Matthew Tobin is very knowledgeable and experienced, he was able to provide us solutions to unexpected challenges, and was very responsive to queries.’

Key clients

AerCap

Aviva

Diageo

GlaxoSmithKline

Just Group

Legal & General

Standard Chartered

Unicef/World Bank

Welsh Water

Westpac

AerCap

Aviva

Diageo

GlaxoSmithKline

Just Group

Legal & General

Standard Chartered

Unicef/World Bank

Welsh Water

Westpac

Work highlights

  • Advised Derwent London plc, a leading London focused real estate investment trust and FTSE 250 constituent, on its inaugural green bond on the Main Market and the Sustainability Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Just Group plc on its recent tender offer for its existing 9.375% Reset Perpetual Restricted Tier 1 Contingent Convertible Notes for cash, and the issuance of new £325m 5.000% Reset Perpetual Restricted Tier 1 Contingent Convertible Notes. This was an innovative transaction for the European insurance market, with the issuance breaking new ground as the first sustainable Restricted Tier 1 bond by a European insurer.
  • Advised UNICEF and the World Bank on the issuance by IBRD of an innovative US$100m bond and related arrangements between IBRD and UNICEF as well as advised on all aspects of the issuance, including the first-of-its kind issuance structure.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 2

The TMT group at Slaughter and May is especially well known for its work supporting major technology clients on corporate and commercial transactions. The practice is co-headed by long-term TMT stalwart Rob Sumroy and experienced corporate lawyer Victoria MacDuff. The firm’s offering in this sector was further strengthened by the promotion of two associates to partners in May 2021: Laura Houston and James Cook. Houston assists a broad client base in the acquisition, creation, exploitation, and divestment of technology assets, while Cook assists technology and telecoms clients in a range of transactions, in addition to co-heading the fintech practice with Sumroy. Roland Turnill and Duncan Blaikie are also noted, as are Paul Dickson and David Watkins for their media work.

Practice head(s):

Victoria MacDuff; Rob Sumroy

Testimonials

‘The team bring a great understanding of the underlying industry and technology to their work, combined with first-rate legal advice and service.’

‘I’ve worked with Rob Sumroy, the head of the practice. Rob is an exceptional practitioner, he is extremely knowledgeable, available and personable.’

Key clients

American Tower Corporate

AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik

Bloomsbury Publishing

Cineworld

Daily Mail Group

Deepmind Technologies

Deutsche Telekom

Disney

Enreach

Ericsson

Google

INEOS

Inmarsat

Klarna Bank AB

Magway Limited

Meta (formerly Facebook)

NTT

Nuance Corporation

Orient Overseas (International) Limited

PCCW

PrimaryBid

Revolut

Richemont

Salesforce

Santander

Schneider

SoftBank

Standard Chartered (and Standard Chartered Ventures)

Telegram

Telenor

Vodafone Ltd

Wise (formerly TransferWise)

Xero

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone with relation to its partnership with CityFibre in order to become Britain’s largest full-fibre broadband provider.
  • Advised Equinix, the US HQ global data centre company, on its entry into Africa through its intended acquisition of leading West African data centre and connectivity solutions provider MainOne.
  • Advised Daily Mail and General Trust on a major reorganisation of the DMGT group, which concluded in a cash offer made by Rothermere Continuation Limited.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 2

Slaughter and May offers clients ‘exceptional strength in depth’ and has broad expertise in the infrastructure sector, handling a large number of cross-border corporate M&A deals pertaining to the energy industry. It also handles infrastructure assets, digital infrastructure, and transport and logistics infrastructure mandates across the globe. Michael Corbett and Hywel Davies jointly lead the practice, with Corbett advising on corporate finance matters, as well as public and private M&A. Davies is another key corporate practitioner who is experienced in large portfolio transactions across Europe. Azadeh Nassiri is a notable name for project financing work, while Richard Todd handles projects work, including joint ventures, and construction, operation and maintenance matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Corbett; Hywel Davies

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strength in depth is exceptional throughout firm’.

‘Excellent advice’.

‘They have a very deep knowledge of all areas related to the infrastructure space (M&A, Finance, regulatory and FDI)’.

‘Working with the team is like flying first class’.

‘Outstanding service’.

‘Mike Corbett leads the team and is always available for important calls. He is extremely commercially-minded and gives very practical advice from a position of great experience’.

‘Very flexible with fees’.

‘The team always go above and beyond’.

Key clients

BlackRock (Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III)

Blackstone

Bridgepoint

EDF Energy

Equinix

Ferrovial

Firstgroup plc

Global Infrastructure Partners

INEOS E&P A/S

Interserve

Mitsubishi Corporation

Ørsted

Selkie Investments

Suez SA

United Utilities

Viridor

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised EDF Energy on its arrangements with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Nuclear Liabilities Fund relating to the decommissioning of eight nuclear power stations in the UK.
  • Advised Ørsted on its disposal to Norges Bank Investment Management of a 50% interest in the 752 MW Borssele 1 & 2 Offshore Wind Farm, the largest operational offshore wind farm in the Netherlands and the second largest operational offshore wind farm in the world.  
  • Advised BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III on its co-lead role in the purchase by a global consortium of an equity stake in Aramco Gas Pipelines Company for $15.5bn, relating to the gas pipeline network of Saudi Aramco.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

The infrastructure, energy and natural resources team at Slaughter and May offers clients ‘unmatched excellence in M&A matters and in the strategic elements of negotiating a deal’. The practice has a strong focus on corporate M&A matters and acts for large integrated energy groups, oil and gas majors, smaller listed independents, services companies and financial institutions on upstream, midstream, and downstream projects. Hywel Davies heads the team and is well versed in both public and private M&A and joint ventures in the oil and gas sector. Steven Galbraith is a name to note for international projects and project finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Hywel Davies

Testimonials

‘There is a strong combination of depth of industry knowledge and recognition of client needs that provides both the required legal support but also a broader advisory role’.

‘Primarily listening to and understanding the client requirements and providing the right support ranging from a full legal document to a simple phone call’.

‘Unmatched excellence in M&A matters and in the strategic elements of negotiating a deal’.

‘High quality subject matter experts at every level of the firm’.

‘First-class in the corporate and M&A sphere’.

‘Hywel Davies is as good as there is in the City’.

‘Hywel Davies offers first-class intellect, excellent judgment and is always very calm under pressure’.

‘The structure of the engagement, with two partners for one M&A deal, worked extremely well: we benefitted from both of their knowledge, while at the same time there was an appropriate division of work such that it never felt like there was double-counting’.

Key clients

BHP

BlackRock (Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III)

Centrica plc

Harbour Energy

INEOS

Kosmos

Seadrill

Selkie Investments Midstream Topco Limited

Shell plc (formerly Royal Dutch Shell plc)

Spirit Energy Limited

Valaris Limited (Valaris plc)

Vitol

Wood Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Centrica and its subsidiary, Spirit Energy, on the sale of Spirit Energy’s entire portfolio of Norwegian oil and gas assets, as well the Statfjord field for over $1bn.
  • Advised BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III on its co-lead role in the purchase by a global consortium of an equity stake in Aramco Gas Pipelines Company for $15.5bn, relating to the gas pipeline network of Saudi Aramco.
  • Advising INEOS E&P A/S on Project Greensand, Europe’s first full-chain carbon capture and storage pilot project.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Slaughter and May advises on all aspects of large-scale development projects, particularly in the sports sector, where the ‘excellent real estate team’ has demonstrable experience in major stadia mandates. In the corporate occupier space, high-profile headquarters relocations take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload - the team is notably well-regarded for its work for other major law firms. The team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s corporate and tax groups to handle all forms of direct and indirect investments, particularly portfolio transactions, often involving a cross-border element. Jane Edwarde leads the team and has considerable experience in sports-related projects, such as advising Everton Football Club on the development of its 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. John Nevin has a ‘marvellous talent for distilling the key points’ when advising on acquisitions, developments and letting matters, while ‘exceptional’ senior counsel Simon Bartle is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Testimonials

‘Slaughter and May are very good at considering every angle of a potential issue and considering how best to address this with recognition of their client’s key commercial/business requirements.’

‘Simon Bartle is exceptional. Consistently comes up with creative practical solutions to issues, and is highly effective in delivering them.’

‘I find the commercial pragmatism the most compelling reason to work with John Nevin and his team. Our deals often have a high risk, high reward nature to them and being able to distill down what the key issues are and mitigate against them requires sharp legal minds and experienced leadership.’

‘John Nevin has very deep expertise in the London property market, but is able to explain, in simple language, the key points and arguments. He has a marvellous talent for distilling the key points so that I as a client feel in full control of complex situations.’

‘In my work with John Nevin and his team and I have consistently enjoyed the value they bring to structuring around the challenges. To my mind, John excels in this space.’

‘Simon Bartle is an effective negotiator, he understands his client’s requirements and is very good at delivering what matters.’

‘Clear and straightforward advice. Complete understanding of us as an organisation, our ethos and mission. John Nevin and Simon Bartle have looked after us for many years and long-term relationships are very important to us.’

Key clients

Arsenal

Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Elysian Residences

English National Ballet

Everton

Fishmonger’s Company

Gamuda Berhad

Halsbury Homes

Legal & General

Lendlease

London Resort Company Holdings

Masterworks

MTR Corporation

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Ocado

Therme Group

Tottenham Hotspur

Work highlights

  • Advising Derwent London on the mixed-use redevelopment of 19-35 Baker Street, London W1 including in connection with the re-gearing of its joint venture with The Portman Estate.
  • Advising Therme Group on its Therme Manchester development, a major new wellbeing resort at Manchester’s Trafford City.
  • Advising Everton on the development of its new 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and also on the future redevelopment of Goodison Park.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 2

Slaughter and May represents a wide-range of clients across the fintech space, including challenger neobanks as well as insurtech, payment, financial regulation and financial data companies. The team also advises financial services and technology clients on their strategic projects within the fintech market. The firm continues to run the ‘Fast Forward’ incubator programme, which supports the work of technology entrepreneurs and innovators. After the departure of Ben Kingsley in April 2022, Rob Sumroy now co-heads the practice alongside newly promoted partner James Cook, who advises fintech companies on corporate transactions. Jan Putnis handles financial regulatory issues, while associate David Shone acts for fintech start-ups and challengers on a variety of matters.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sumroy; James Cook

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good variety of expertise in the team, able to cover in depth technical as well as commercial challenges.’

‘Very pragmatic and strategic legal advice.’

Key clients

Wise

Stripe

Checkout.com

Revolut

Monzo

OakNorth

DoJo Paymentsense

Jeeves

Credit Karma

Zodia

Klarna

PrimaryBid

TrueLayer

Alpha FX

Y Tree Limited

Aztec Protocol

Bud Financial

TreasurySpring

FNZ

Novus

Uncapped

By Miles

Tully

As investors in fintech:

SC Ventures

SoftBank Vision Fund

Ripplewood

Farallon

Euroclear

abrdn

Omers Ventures

Balderton Capital

Cocoa

Silicon Valley Bank

Work highlights

  • Handled Revolut’s series E fundraising, which valued Revolut as one of the most valuable fintech companies in the UK ($33bn).
  • Advused Wise (formerly TransferWise), the London-based financial technology company with a valuation of over £5bn, on a range of legal and regulatory assignments this year, including the launch of its investment product in the UK and Europe and governance-related matters.
  • Advised SC Ventures, the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered, on its partnership with BC Group, Asia’s leading digital asset company, to launch a cryptocurrency brokerage and exchange platform for institutional and corporate clients in the UK and Europe.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

The practitioners at Slaughter and May are well positioned to advise on the interplay between civil and criminal fraud, and often work closely with the firm's global investigations group. Clients including global corporates, financial institutions and governments are selecting the team for fraud-related matters. Jonathan Cotton has expertise in extractive frauds, accounting frauds, misrepresentations and information theft, while Peter Wickham has a ‘can-do attitude‘. Richard Swallow leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Cotton; Efstathios Michael; Peter Wickham; Megan Sandler

Testimonials

‘A high-powered team that leaves no stone unturned in seeking the best outcome for the client.’

‘Super smart, diligent and engaging lawyers from top to bottom. Their meticulous approach and eye for detail marks them out in the largest fraud cases, in my experience. Whether claimant or defendant you cannot be in better hands.’

‘Efstathios Michael – simply the best.’

‘Jonathan Cotton – brilliant and so experienced in fraud matters.’

‘Peter Wickham is a young partner with a can-do attitude.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited

Former director of Patisserie Valerie

Work highlights

  • Acting for Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from $2bn “tuna bond scandal”.
  • Advising a former non-executive director of Patisserie Holdings plc (the holding company for Patisserie Valerie) following the October 2018 announcement to the market of material fraudulent misstatements in the company’s accounts.

Employment > Employers Tier 3

One of Slaughter and May‘s key strengths is advising listed and privately held clients on the full range of board-level employment matters, from appointments to terminations, remuneration and disputes. Padraig Cronin and Philip Linnard advise clients across on the full range of employment and incentives issues, including whistleblowing, investigations and employee terminations, as well as advising on TUPE, restructurings, outsourcings and incentives aspects of transactions. Senior associate Philippa O’Malley undertakes a mix of contentious and non-contentious work, and is particularly recommended for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Charles Cameron is an expert on corporate pension plans.

Practice head(s):

Charles Cameron

Testimonials

‘The Slaughter and May employment team are focussed on their client’s needs in the context of the client’s strategy. This enables for complex and time sensitive activities to be completed quickly, accurately and where required innovatively.’

‘The teams global network is valuable and their global partners provide very similar service levels.’

‘Phillipa O’Malley has been exceptional at delivering commercial solutions that involve high levels of change and complexity. She is a true business partner.’

‘Philip Linnard is a brilliant lawyer, who is extremely fast and relevant in the legal analyses and advice that he gives to the clients. He has a very pragmatic and result oriented approach that is essential to our work.’

‘Slaughters provide a professional, commercial and responsive service.’

‘They offer quick advice that is thoughtful and considers what the business is trying to achieve, not just the legal answer to the question.’

‘I can attest to the outstanding quality of the work produced by the team and to the legal technicity and reactivity of its members.’

Key clients

ASOS plc

Aviva plc

Bupa

De La Rue plc

Diageo

Drax Group plc

Land Securities Group plc

Prudential plc

RSA Insurance Group plc

Whitbread plc

Work highlights

  • Advised CEMEX on employment tribunal claims in connection with a disputed TUPE transfer.
  • Advised ASOS plc on the employment aspects of its acquisition of the TopShop, TopMan, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands.
  • Advised DeepMind Technologies Limited on the employment aspects of a new commercial venture to use artificial intelligence to accelerate drug discovery.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 3

Less siloed in its approach than many of the other ranked firms, a reflection of the firm's overarching generalist ethos, Slaughter and May is able to provide a very fluid and commercial service to companies, IPs and boards of directors on challenging and complex restructurings. 'Very calm and pragmatic' team head Ian Johnson  is a 'standout debtor side counsel' who has been particularly active of late handling mandates within the oil and gas sector, including on behalf of Seadrill on its high-profile restructuring. Able to advise on both contentious and non-contentious restructuring/insolvency matters, Tom Vickers  is also a core member of the team; he recently advised Virgin Group on the successful restructuring of Virgin Active.

Practice head(s):

Ian Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Vickers; Tim Newey; Josh Bauernfreund; Evelyn Fleming

Testimonials

The firm provides pragmatic advice on complex restructurings.’

‘They have excellent technical skills, a depth of expertise and experience across their team.’

The team’s responsiveness, engagement and capability to handle a fast moving, complex matter was excellent.’

Ian Johnson is very calm and gives pragmatic advice on complex transactions.’

Ian Johnson has been a stellar support through a contentious and complex matter – his robust and helpful commercial advice has been a valuable asset to the business.’

Key clients

Seadrill New Finance Limited (now Paratus Energy Services Ltd.)

Seadrill Limited

Alvarez & Marsal

Valaris Group

Virgin Group

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

GCP Asset Backed Income (UK) Limited

Atlas Mara Limited

Intriva Capital Advisers LLP

Grant Thornton

PwC

AlixPartners

Yell Group Limited

Interserve

Premier Oil (now Harbour Energy plc)

The Former Directors of Thomas Cook plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Seadrill New Finance Limited (now Paratus Energy Services Ltd.) on its successful negotiation and implementation of a comprehensive restructuring in relation to its secured notes via a pre-packaged Chapter 11 process.
  • Advised the lenders to The Collective, a co-living business adversely effected by the pandemic, on contingency planning, documenting the provision of emergency liquidity funding, coordinating an accelerated M&A process, and, ultimately, the implementation of a lender-led security enforcement using a credit bid strategy.
  • Advised Virgin Group in respect of the restructuring of the financial and leasehold liabilities of Virgin Active’s Europe and APAC business, implemented by way of restructuring plans under Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 3

At Slaughter and May, ‘partner contact is superb‘. The firm handles the full range of OTC and exchange-traded derivatives across the full spectrum of underlying assets, from plain vanilla interest rate, currency and FX derivatives, through commodity and energy derivatives, equity and credit-linked products and derivatives linked to real estate, insurance and pensions. Oliver Wicker and Guy O’Keefe oversee the firm’s derivatives and structured products work, and they frequently advise financial institutions, investment funds and corporates. Key partner Ed Fife is ‘exceptional on the legal documentation and his deep commercial understanding of transactions is highly beneficial when dealing with fiendishly complicated financing structures‘.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Wicker; Guy O’Keefe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Partner contact was superb.’

‘We had excellent senior counsel on the matter too.’

‘Ed Fife is exceptional on the legal documentation but in addition his deep commercial understanding of transactions was such that rather than solely being our counsel, it felt as if we had another investment manager in the team too. This was highly beneficial when dealing with such a fiendishly complicated financing structure.’

Key clients

NewDay

Lendco

Work highlights

  • Advised on the amendment of Paratus’ five legacy securitisations to reflect the transition from LIBOR to SONIA/SOFR, including the drafting of updated swap confirmations for various hedges.
  • Advised CM.com on the establishment of a stock borrowing facility in connection with a EUR100m convertible bond issuance.
  • Advised various entities in the Ineos group on their entry into a range of derivative transactions, including FX, interest rates and commodities hedging.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 3

Slaughter and May ‘has been involved in top-notch deals‘ and continues to play a leading role in transactions for corporate issuers, though it is increasingly active for arrangers, investors and trustees. Lead partner Guy O’Keefe frequently acts for borrowers, issuers and lenders. Oliver Wicker is a key partner in the practice and he recently acted for mortgage originator Paratus AMC Limited in an RMBS of buy-to-let mortgages secured on properties in the UK. Richard Jones has extensive experience in credit card, store card, point-of-sale, personal loan, auto loan and mortgage receivables deals. He is ‘very technical and hand-ons partner who is very reliable and a pleasure to work with‘.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Wicker; Guy O’Keefe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have been involved in top-notch deals.’

‘Richard Jones is a very technical and hand-ons partner. He is very reliable and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Lendco

NewDay Cards

Paragon

Paratus

Work highlights

  • Advised two M&G funds on an investment in a private securitisation of mobile phone handsets originated by Virgin Media.
  • Advised Blue Motor Finance on all aspects of the winding up of its Azure 1 securitisation structure pursuant to the exercise of a clean-up call, and the related sale of the securitised assets into one of Blue’s warehouse facilities.
  • Advised on a private securitisation structure whereby NewDay can raise funds, on a revolving basis, from banks from time to time.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Leveraging the firm’s position in the market as a transactional powerhouse, Slaughter and May’s corporate practitioners are regularly involved in high-profile corporate and financing transactions at a national and international level. In a recent highlight, the group advised GlaxoSmithKline on the demerger of its consumer healthcare business into a separately listed group. Richard Smith and Claire Jackson are the key corporate names and lead the team with Duncan Blaikie, who handles commercial work and IP issues. Transactional expert David Johnson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Smith; Duncan Blaikie; Claire Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Committed to client objectives. Proactive and collaborative. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Duncan Blaikie – very responsive, we have valued his experience in helping us understand the longer term, commercial consequences of certain decisions and positions.

‘Great collaborative working.’

‘Expertise in the relevant market sector, including a good understanding of existing sector as well as upcoming changes. Willing to work in a way which works best for the client, with appreciation of the clients own governance processes. Providing advice outside of just legal issues, such as policy and finance.’

‘Broad knowledge base and experience.’

‘Knowledge base, experience, work ethic, willingness to go the extra mile’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Hikma

Thermo Fisher

Novo Nordisk

Bupa

GE Healthcare

Union Medical

Reckitt Benckiser

Immunocore

Oxford Nanopore

Lonza

CSL

Enara Bio

Artha Health Limited

International Finance Facility For Immunisation Company

Mylan

Illumina

Cantel Medical Corp

Varian Medical Systems

Afreximbank

Work highlights

  • Advised The African Union on all aspects of its program to procure COVID-19 vaccines, over and above the vaccines they are securing through the COVAX Investments Limited facility.
  • Advised GlaxoSmithKline plc on the planned demerger of its Consumer Healthcare business into a separately listed group.
  • Advised Oxford Nanopore Technologies on its initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 3

At Slaughter and May, listed funds are handled from the investment funds and asset management department. In relation to listed funds work, the team is often instructed to advise on bespoke transactions, particularly focusing on closed-end funds and their managers. Clients benefit from the firm’s strong corporate and M&A offering, and the group regularly assists with strategic acquisitions and deposals, as well as the establishment of asset management businesses. The key contacts are Paul Dickson , an expert in asset-backed partnerships, and Jan Putnis , who heads the financial regulation group and has substantial experience in multi-jurisdictional work for asset managers. Nick Pacheco is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Dickson

Other key lawyers:

Robin Ogle; Jan Putnis; Nick Pacheco

Key clients

abrdn

Arrow Global Group

AGG Capital Management

Honeycomb Investment Trust

HM Government (including the Cabinet Office, BEIS, and HM Treasury)

Legal & General Investment Management

Luxembourg Stock Exchange

M&G plc

Pollen Street Capital

Santander Asset Management

Schroders

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Schroders on acquisition of a 75% stake in Greencoat Holdings Limited.
  • Advising Honeycomb Investment Trust on its recommended combination with Pollen Street Capital.
  • Advising abrdn on its acquisition of Interactive Investor.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Slaughter and May acts on all aspects of UK and international energy and infrastructure projects including offshore wind, biomass, renewables, gas-fired plants and nuclear power. The team advises on  regulatory reform and applies market knowledge on financings and M&A. Hywel Davies  has particular experience in public and private M&A and co-heads the practice with Michael Corbett  who is well-versed in corporate finance and company advisory matters. Richard Todd  focuses on alternative energy matters while Oliver Moir  handles the full spectrum of project issues. Azadeh Nassiri  is a key practitioner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Hywel Davies; Michael Corbett

Other key lawyers:

Richard Todd; Oliver Moir; Azadeh Nassiri

Testimonials

‘Outstanding lawyers and legal product. Excellent client service.’

Key clients

Ørsted

Schroders plc

Trilantic Europe VI GP S.a.r.l

Viridor Limited

EDF Energy

Drax Group

Aker Horizons AS

OVO Energy

Centrica plc

ContourGlobal

Work highlights

  • Advised Ørsted on its disposal to Norges Bank Investment Management of a 50% interest in the 752 MW Borssele 1 & 2 Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Advised EDF Energy on its arrangements with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Nuclear Liabilities Fund relating to the decommissioning of eight nuclear power stations in the UK.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Slaughter and May advises on all aspects of large-scale development projects, particularly in the sports sector, where the ‘excellent real estate team’ has demonstrable experience in major stadia mandates. In the corporate occupier space, high-profile headquarters relocations take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload - the team is notably well-regarded for its work for other major law firms. The team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s corporate and tax groups to handle all forms of direct and indirect investments, particularly portfolio transactions, often involving a cross-border element. Jane Edwarde leads the team and has considerable experience in sports-related projects, such as advising Everton Football Club on the development of its 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. John Nevin has a ‘marvellous talent for distilling the key points’ when advising on acquisitions, developments and letting matters, while ‘exceptional’ senior counsel Simon Bartle is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

John Nevin; Richard Todd; Simon Bartle

Testimonials

‘John Niven is personable, hugely knowledgeable, commercially astute, a joy to work with.’

‘The team is extremely clear, accurate and responsive.’

‘Simon Bartle is very efficient and effective.’

Key clients

Clothworkers’ Company

Delancey

Derwent London

Fishmongers’ Company

Global Infrastructure Partners

Legal & General

Masterworks

Midlothian Capital Partners

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Derwent London on the £214.6m acquisition of two West End properties and the establishment of a new £120m property joint venture with Lazari Investments in relation to sites at Baker Street, London W1.
  • Advised Masterworks in connection with the sale of Bavaria House, Appold Street, London EC1 to a private Chinese investment group.
  • Advised Derwent London on the sale of Angel Square, Islington to Tishman Speyer for £86.5m.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Advising on major construction and engineering projects, Slaughter and May regularly acts on high-risk construction projects in the UK. The practice holds a strong reputation in the sports and leisure sector, advising on large stadia matters. It also has a growing commercial development practice. Richard Todd heads the team, specialising in the operation and maintenance aspects of both domestic and international projects. The team is supported by Tom Inker, who has particular expertise with large-scale projects and infrastructure sales and acquisitions, and Chloe Halloran, who has experience with development projects and fit-out works.

Practice head(s):

Richard Todd

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They understand the big picture and the key points very quickly, an then tailor advice to consider this and the commercial circumstances.’

‘Form part of the project team alongside other client advisors, not just an external lawyer. Proactive, foreseeing the next steps weeks ahead of when they are required.’

‘The breadth of experience, ability to deliver to demanding deadlines, and cross-border experience and knowledge are all key strengths.’

‘They have a good knowledge of the sector, committed to building sustainable long-term relationships, and are very flexible in helping the client navigate peaks and troughs in workload and resourcing.’

‘Chloe Halloran is first rate; hard-working and ready to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in to anything.’

‘Jodi Haigh is an excellent addition to the client team. She is hard-working, has good understanding of the sector, and keen to understand the client business.’

‘Tom Inker has excellent client relationship management, keen to develop sustainable long-term relationships, flexible in structuring overflow support arrangements, proactive in providing support and oversight of junior lawyers when needed.’

‘Richard Todd is personable, committed, and proactive in identifying opportunities to further develop the relationship and introducing us to other Slaughter and May teams.’

Key clients

Everton Football Club

Inmarsat Global Limited

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom UK LLP

Ocado Retail Limited

Viridor and KKR

Crisis

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

I CAN

JLL

Gamuda Berhad

Lendlease

Arsenal Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advising Everton FC on all procurement and construction aspects, including the interface with the financing, of its ground breaking 52,000 seat stadium project.
  • Advised Ocado Retail Limited on all aspects of the construction of its new customer fulfilment centre in Luton.
  • Advising Allen & Overy on the move to its new London headquarters at 2 Broadgate.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Slaughter and May’s environment team is led by head of environmental law Samantha Brady, head of sustainability Jeff Twentyman , and Matthew Tobin  and stands out for its transactional work. Its sustainability and climate change offering has grown over the past year. Its key strengths include finding solutions to help clients allocate and provide for environmental and ESG risks on M&A transactions and advising on all areas of the energy sector including renewables, nuclear and oil and gas. It also has expertise in helping corporates navigate the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Brady; Jeff Twentyman; Matthew Tobin

Key clients

Schroders

KKR

Viridor

Johnson Matthey

INEOS

GHO Capital

Reckitt Benckiser

Vitol

Aker Horizon Solutions AS

Moody’s Corporation

United Utilities

John Lewis

Coca-Cola

Centrica

Derwent London

United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF)/IBRD (World Bank)

Work highlights

  • Advising Viridor on the feasibility and implementation of a group restructuring and disposals of certain assets and divisions, including the sale of its collections business and a number of recycling infrastructure assets to Biffa.
  • Advising Schroders plc on its acquisition of a 75% stake in Greencoat Capital Holdings Limited, a specialist investment manager focussing on renewable energy investing, with £6.7 billion of assets under management at 30 November 2021.
  • Advising INEOS Enterprises on its disposal of INEOS Sulphur Chemicals Spain SLU, Spain’s largest dedicated manufacturer of sulphuric acid and oleum, led from its state of the art manufacturing facility in Bilbao.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Slaughter and May‘s ‘absolutely stellar practice‘ acts in major disputes for clients from the energy, infrastructure, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors (among others). The international arbitration group is co-led by James Stacey, who is well known for challenging commercial disputes, and ‘visionary arbitration partnerDamian Taylor. The team additionally fields energy disputes specialist Efstathios Michael and Jonathan Clark, who acts under the rules of major arbitral institutions. Peter Wickham and Megan Sandler were elevated to the partnership in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Practice head(s):

James Stacey; Damian Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Absolutely stellar practice with some of London’s best lawyers. A cut above in both preparation and presentation, always one step ahead, never stressed, and acting in quality, high-value arbitration cases – simply one of the best arbitration teams in town!

‘Excellent team with depth, and very smooth and international, which is ideal for arbitration.’

‘Damian Taylor is a visionary arbitration partner, who is hugely experienced, fantastic with clients and down to earth. He’s the arbitration lawyer that should be on everyone’s shortlist.

James Stacey is highly intelligent and always one step ahead of opponents.

‘James Stacey – excellent strategic thinking.

‘Efstathios Michael – simply the best.

‘Peter Wickham is handling some amazing arbitration cases.

‘Peter Wickham and Megan Sandler are both complete stars.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 4

Drawing on the expertise of 'best in class lawyers' throughout its generalist finance offering, Slaughter and May provides 'very knowledgeable' advice to borrowers (including many FTSE listed entities), utilising different finance  products, including TLB, unitranche and loan/high yield bonds, to fund their M&A activity. Philip Snell  heads a team that also includes 'top-notch banking and finance lawyers' Edward Fife and Robert Byk  , who plays a key role in the firm's high end public bid finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Philip Snell; Matthew Tobin; Simon Hall

Other key lawyers:

Robert Byk; Ed Fife; Guy O’Keefe; Caroline Phillips; Richard Jones; Azadeh Nassiri; Susan Hughes; Samay Shah; Claire Cooke; Charlie McGarel-Groves

Testimonials

A small but partner-led team with best in class lawyers from the most senior to most junior.’

The team is very knowledgeable, experienced and flexible.’

Ed Fife and Robert Byk are top-notch banking and finance lawyers with intimate knowledge of the salient risks and how to address them in a commercial manner.’

Key clients

Coats

DiaSorin

Ericsson

Intertek

Land Securities

Markerstudy

Novo Nordisk

Vitec

Work highlights

  • Advised DiaSorin on the $1.6bn bank financing package for its acquisition of Luminex Corporation.
  • Advised Markerstudy (a Pollen Street portfolio company) on all aspects of Markerstudy’s acquisition of Lloyds broker Clegg Gifford and Markerstudy’s acquisition of BGL Insurance from the BGL Group (the parent company of the Compare the Market business).
  • Advised Novo Nordisk on the structure and implementation of the bridge financing for two of their acquisitions

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Efstathios Michael at Slaughter and May approaches ‘reinsurance disputes with excellent commercial judgement and an incisive legal mind’. He continues to be highly sought after for policy coverage and interpretation, aggregation, non-disclosure and misrepresentation, and business interruption insurance. Damian Taylor, financial institutions specialist Ewan Brown and associate Nupur Upadhyay are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Testimonials

‘The team is highly pragmatic and commercial, efficient, responsive and switched on. They are also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Efstathios Michael is a truly class act – he approaches even the most difficult, complex insurance and reinsurance disputes with good humour, excellent commercial judgement and an incisive legal mind. Not only an impressive all-rounder but always great fun to work with.’

‘Nupur Upadhyay is a bright and energetic insurance lawyer with an eye for detail and a very engaging manner. A great team player.’

‘The practice remains unique in the breadth of experience of the team and their ability to cover such a broad range of issues. They are, contrary to reputation, extremely practical and commercial in their approach with a willingness to give clear, strategic advice.

Key clients

Marsh Limited

Zurich

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Advising Marsh Limited, a leading insurance broker, in relation to matters arising out of a specialist insurance policy following the explosion of a satellite.
  • Providing strategic advice to Zurich Insurance plc on high profile business interruption insurance FCA test case.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

Slaughter and May is increasingly active in sustainable financing mandates, in addition to handling acquisitions, restructurings and amendments in the hotel, student accommodation and residential spaces. Matthew Tobin heads up the practice, and Caroline Phillips advises clients across a range of real estate finance matters, including securitisation mandates and acquisition finance in the insurance, property, chemicals and energy sectors. Kevin Howes was promoted to the partnership in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Matthew Tobin has an incredible knowledge of not just the transactions, but of the client’s sector and company. He is always adding value to every deal.’

Key clients

Barratt Developments

Derwent London

Dobbies Garden Centres

Fattal Hotels

Halsbury Homes

Landsec

SEGRO

Unite

Workspace

Work highlights

  • Advised Derwent London plc on its inaugural green bond on the Main Market and the Sustainability Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised a client in relation to the mezzanine financing to Bricks Capital in connection with the completion and fit out by Bricks of a hotel at the Silverstone Grand Prix Park to be managed by Hilton Garden Inn.
  • Advised SEGRO plc on the issuance of EUR500m 0.500% Green Bonds due 22 September 2031.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Slaughter and May‘s IP practitioners advise clients from a wide range of industries, including the fashion, technology, retail, and life sciences sectors. Advising a number of household names and blue-chip global clients, the group is notably active in disputes, licensing work, collaborations, and litigation. David Ives leads the practice, which also fields Rob Sumroy, who is a key contact in the team for commercial IP matters in the digital technology, innovation and fintech sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Ives

Other key lawyers:

Rob Sumroy; Duncan Blaikie; Laura Houston; Richard McDonnell

Testimonials

‘Slaughter and May have provided great support for licensing and master service agreement contracting. As an early stage biotech company focused on our science and drug development, they have been a trusted partner in helping us secure long-term productive partnerships with these third parties.’

‘Duncan Blaikie – very responsive, we have valued his experience in helping us understand the longer term, commercial consequences of certain decisions and positions.’

‘Appeared to have resources to cover any questions or issues that popped up.’

‘David Ives was thorough, timely and always pleasant to deal with. I never had any reason to question his judgement, and that built trust.’

‘A collegiate, innovative and totally committed team. Constantly striving to achieve their clients’ objectives, their pursuit of commercial and legal excellence is unsurpassed.’

‘David Ives is a top tier IP lawyer with an ability to assimilate multiple complex issues and condense them into a creative and commercial IP strategy. He is calm, confident and a delight to work with.’

‘Richard McDonnell has an astute eye for contentious IP and litigation strategy.’

Key clients

abrdn

Afreximbank

Asda

ASOS

By Miles

DeepMind

Enara

John Lewis Partnership

MBA

Reckitt Benckiser

Richemont

Standard Chartered

ViiV Healthcare

Virgin Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Reckitt Benckiser on the licensing of its infant nutrition brands as part of the divestment of its business in Asia.
  • Advised Waitrose on its brand partnership with Shell in relation to the operation of Waitrose concessions on Shell forecourts.
  • Advised the African Union on the IP risks and issues arising in relation to its procurement of Covid-19 vaccines.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

Slaughter and May‘s client base includes sports clubs, individuals, owners, leading governing bodies and corporate organisations. Key areas of focus for the multi-disciplinary team include sporting appointments, transfers, M&A, financing, governance, stadia related work, media rights, disputes and investigations. Corporate partner Mark Zerdin heads the practice alongside Andrew Jolly, who provides clients with specialist sports law, regulatory and governance advice, particularly within football.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jolly; Mark Zerdin

Other key lawyers:

David Ives; Jane Edwarde; Richard Jeens

Testimonials

‘Richard Jeens is particularly knowledgeable in F1.’

‘Mark Zerdin is a principled lawyer with a remarkably creative mind, an impeccable attention to detail and tactical nous that has never proved wrong. He is a lawyer driven by his love for the game of football and his desire to ensure the fan’s place in that sport remains a central one.’

‘Andrew Jolly is very knowledgeable about the inner workings of top-level football clubs. Practical advice. Great communication.’

Key clients

Arsenal Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Rugby Football Union

INEOS

Everton Football Club

Fulham Football Club

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

A.S Roma S.P.A

Aston Villa Football Club

United States Ski and Snowboard Association

Marylebone Cricket Club

Cambridge University Boat Club

Boat Race Company Limited

Consortium comprising Michael Andretti and others

Relevent Sports Limited

Lendlease Construction Europe

Fastball Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised A.S. Roma and its owners, the Friedkin Family, on the appointment of José Mourinho as new head coach.
  • Advised Everton Football Club on the real estate, construction and financing aspects of the Club’s new, state-of-the-art stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, Liverpool.
  • Advised The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on the UK Live Events Reinsurance Scheme put in place by the U.K. Government in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 5

Slaughter and May continues to expand its presence in the private equity space, advising on private market transactions as well as leveraging its public M&A expertise to handle carve-outs and take-privates. The team acts for sponsors on both the buy and sell-side of deals and is also highly active in portfolio company M&A. Jeff Twentyman focuses on infrastructure PE, while Harry Bacon and Filippo de Falco head up the overall group. The pair have broad expertise in this space, with de Falco particularly noted for his work with Spanish and Italian companies.

Practice head(s):

Harry Bacon; Filippo de Falco

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Twentyman; Sally Wokes

Testimonials

‘We use Slaughter and May for all of our UK transactions because of their efficiency and thoroughness. Sally Wokes, the partner we use, drives this behaviour. She has a very good commercial understanding of our needs and what she needs to focus on.’

‘Quality and depth of team. Industry knowledge. Availability.’

Key clients

AGG Capital Management

Blackstone

CarVal Investors

Corsair Capital

Cranemere

Fortress Investment Group LLC

GHO Capital

HPS Investment Partners

Investindustrial

Kingsway Capital

Newlight Capital Partners

Palamon Capital Partners

Pollen Street Capital

Varde Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities business on the disposal of Beauparc Utilities to Macquarie Asset Management, via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6.
  • Advised Fortress and Oppidum Bidco Limited on its offer for Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, at the time of going to press the largest UK private equity buy-out since KKR’s offer for Boots in 2007.
  • Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. on the acquisition of Viridor Limited from Pennon Group plc and continued to advise throughout 2021 on the feasibility and implementation of a group restructuring and disposals of certain assets and divisions.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Slaughter and May‘s ‘very knowledgeable and confident’ planning team advises a variety of clients on real estate and urban developments as well as football stadia. The ‘very professional’ and ‘diligent’ Richard Keczkes heads up the planning team, with over 30 years’ experience in providing the full range of planning services to public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Richard Keczkes

Testimonials

‘Extremely diligent, very knowledgeable and confident in the advice they provide which in turn, gives us the confidence we need on which to base our decisions. They pull in resources who have specific knowledge from within their team as required.’

‘Richard Keckzes – very professional, knowledgeable and diligent. Richard is able to set out situations and his advice in such a way that people with a non-legal background fully understand what is being discussed, which has been invaluable.’

‘Excellent at grappling with complex commercial situations and finding sensible contractual solutions.’

‘Approachable, tenacious and highly efficient.’

‘They are thorough and precise, their understanding of the practice area of planning is second to none.’

‘Intellectual ability.’

Key clients

Arsenal FC

Everton FC

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Bourne Leisure

The Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Diageo

Drax

Elysian Residences

Equinix

The Fishmongers’ Company

Halsbury Homes

Hitech Vision

INEOS

Jones Lang LaSalle

Legal & General

London Resort Company Holdings

Ocado

Work highlights

  • Advised Everton FC on securing planning permission, listed building consents, marine licenses, harbour approvals and environmental permits for its construction of a new 52,000 seat football stadium within the Port of Liverpool World Heritage Site.
  • Advised The Clothworkers’ Company on securing planning permission to build a 35-storey office tower at Fenchurch Street in the City of London.
  • Advised Therme in connection with the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort in Manchester’s Trafford City.

Belgium > Competition: EU and global

Slaughter and May combines an active merger control practice, including high-profile involvement in major global clearances, with a strong record in major antitrust investigations and litigation, notably the Google AdSense case, state aid matters, marketing and consumer issues, and follow-on damages proceedings. The practice is active on behalf of major multinational names, and draws upon expertise from Brussels resident partners as well as London-based members of the Brussels Bar. Key names in the team include Bertrand Louveaux and Claire Jeffs, co-chairs of the competition team, Brussels office head Anna Lyle-Smythe, and Natalie Yeung, who takes the lead on Asia-domiciled matters. Jordan Ellison and Kerry O’Connell are also noted for their strong work on mergers and broad antitrust issues.

Testimonials

‘Slaughter and May always provide cutting edge advice which is also highly practical.’

‘The team is proactive and commercial and delivers succinct, client-friendly advice. Advisers are prepared to take a position and do not sit on the fence.’

‘Anna Lyle-Smythe is a commercially astute, technically strong and practical adviser who thinks outside of the box and provides consistently commercially relevant and client-friendly advice.’

‘S&M is a top firm with an impressive client list, very smart lawyers and a committed work ethic. They also have exceptionally good gender diversity within their competition team.’

‘Very experienced team, well-connected to the commission and other influencers. Breadth of clients across wide range of sectors which gives them useful cross-fertilising insights. Can draw on other partners and skills as required, very effectively.’

‘Anna Lyle-Smythe is excellent. She has a clarity of communication and an ability to present the legal analysis in the relevant commercial context. She is realistic and sees the essence of the client challenges and is always focused on finding great solutions.’

‘Top quality team with a very high standard of client service. Commitment to getting to know the client’s business and putting forward the same individuals to build that understanding over multiple deals. Outstanding at explaining complex matters in a simple way including when working with non-lawyers. Responsive and fun to work with. Overall, a very impressive team.’

‘The individuals in this team stand out for their ability to get to grips with the underlying businesses and developed a good understanding of very technical product areas. Their advice is practical, clear and timely and their standards are always upheld. They take genuine ownership and responsibility and are low maintenance from a client perspective.’

Key clients

Alexion

Analog Devices Inc

ARM Holdings

ASOS

British Airways/IAG

DS Smith

Elanco

Facebook

Google

GlaxoSmithKline

INEOS

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Mitsui

Panasonic/Toyota

RSA Insurance Group

Signature Aviation

S&P Global (including Platts)

Spectris

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on various matters, including the EC AdSense investigation and Google’s appeal of the EC decision before the General Court, the EC investigation into its online advertising technology, among other matters.
  • Advising IAG on the EU merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of Spanish airline Air Europa from Globalia. The proposed acquisition is currently subject to an in-depth Phase II investigation with the European Commission.
  • Advising S&P Global on the international filings for its proposed €44bn merger with IHS Markit.

Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm advising on high-profile and groundbreaking transactions and disputes around the world. The firm has a global reputation for being elite in what we do – providing clients with a professional service of the highest calibre, combining technical excellence with commercial awareness and a practical, constructive approach to legal issues.

Our approach: Three key features of our approach differentiate us: our client focus, our multi-specialism and our international approach.

We put the needs of our clients centre stage and are client, rather than product, focused. Understanding, anticipating and satisfying their individual legal needs is, for us, a priority. This commitment, combined with our in-depth knowledge and experience across their industries, allows us to deliver the highest level of service.

Our lawyers are multi-specialist, equipped to handle a broad range of matters. This versatility enables us to field fewer people for each matter, which gives clients a single point of contact with whom they can build a close working relationship.

The majority of our work is cross-border in nature and we work across the globe. Our approach is shaped by the belief that complex, high-profile matters need first-class legal expertise and we can deliver that to clients wherever they need it.

Other offices: Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Steve Cookesteve.cooke@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7600 1200
Co-Head of Corporate and M&A Richard Smithrichard.smith@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3386
Co-Head of Corporate and M&A Simon Nichollssimon.nicholls@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3372
Co-Head of Competition Bertrand Louveauxbertrand.louveaux@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4173
Co-Head of Competition Claire Jeffsclaire.jeffs@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4031
Head of Disputes and Investigations Richard Swallowrichard.swallow@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4094
Head of Financial Regulation Jan Putnisjan.putnis@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3211
Head of Financing Philip Snellphilip.snell@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3105
Head of IP/IT David Ivesdavid.ives@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4266
Head of Pensions, Employment and Incentives Charles Cameroncharles.cameron@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5086
Head of Real Estate Jane Edwardejane.edwarde@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5095
Head of Tax Mike Lanemike.lane@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5358
Asset Management Paul Dicksonpaul.dickson@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3424
Asset Management Robin Oglerobin.ogle@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3118
Asset Management Jan Putnisjan.putnis@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3211
Asset Management Jonathan Marksjonathan.marks@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3056
Asset Management Nick Pacheconicholas.pacheco@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3143
Banking and Finance Jan Putnisjan.putnis@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3211
Banking and Finance Roland Turnillroland.turnill@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3040
Banking and Finance Nick Bonsallnick.bonsall@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4276
Consumer and Retail Andy Rydeandy.ryde@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3480
Consumer and Retail John Papanicholajohn.papanichola@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3031
Consumer and Retail Simon Nichollssimon.nicholls@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3372
Consumer and Retail Sally Wokessally.wokes@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5312
Consumer and Retail Victoria MacDuffvictoria.macduff@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3104
Government Robin Oglerobin.ogle@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3118
Fintech Rob Sumroyrob.sumroy@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4032
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences David Johnsondavid.johnson@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3385
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Simon Nichollssimon.nicholls@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3372
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Claire Jacksonclaire.jackson@slaughterandmay.com+44(0) 20 7090 5089
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Laura Houstonlaura.houston@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4230
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Christian Boneychristian.boney@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 5329
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences Duncan Blaikieduncan.blaikie@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4275
Industrial Products and Services Andy Rydeandy.ryde@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3480
Industrial Products and Services Robin Oglerobin.ogle@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3118
Industrial Products and Services Richard Smithrichard.smith@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3386
Infrastructure and Energy Hywel Davieshywel.davies@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3102
Infrastructure and Energy Michael Corbettmichael.corbett@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3431
Insurance Jonathan Marksjonathan.marks@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3056
Media & Telecoms Roland Turnillroland.turnill@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3040
Media & Telecoms Paul Dicksonpaul.dickson@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3424
Media & Telecoms Victoria MacDuffvictoria.macduff@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 3104
Media & Telecoms Claire Jeffsclaire.jeffs@slaughterandmay.com+44 (0)20 7090 4031
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