Robert Byk > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May

Living Wage

Work Department

Corporate and commercial, financing.


Robert advises on a wide range of banking, finance and corporate transactions, including acquisition and bid finance, structured finance, debt and equity capital markets and general banking and corporate work.


Joined Slaughter and May in 1998. Partner since 2007.


Italian, German, Russian.


Winchester College; University of Bristol.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Transport finance and leasing

As befits the firm’s generalist ethos, while Slaughter and May may lack a discrete asset finance offering, it handles a not inconsiderable volume of transactional work in the transport sector for a number of core clients of the firm including Rolls-Royce, International Airlines Group and British Airways. Robert Byk is the main contact and the de-facto asset finance team head.

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

Slaughter and May has ‘depth and breadth of knowledge coupled with commercial outlook and ability to simplify the detailed complexities‘. The firm is known mainly for its issuer-side practice, though it increasingly acts for underwriters on large mandates. In 2020, the firm assisted HM Treasury with the  Covid Corporate Financing Facility which was introduced to provide liquidity to investment-grade corporates making a material contribution to the UK economy. Lead partner Matthew Tobin advised Burberry Group plc on its inaugural £300m sustainability bond. Guy O’Keefe is known for his work on liability management transactions for issuers, borrowers, lenders and other counterparties. Caroline Phillips has a broad-ranging finance and in 2020 advised on numerous regulatory capital transactions, including Just Group plc on its £250m bond offering. Robert Byk and Ed Fife also handle high-value DCM mandates as part of their broad finance practices.