Robert Byk > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Slaughter and May Offices
ONE BUNHILL ROW
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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.
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.
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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Employment > Employee share schemes
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Finance > Debt capital markets
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution
- Industry focus > TMT
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Employment > Employers
- Real estate > Environment
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations
- Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Finance > Securitisation
- Finance > Acquisition finance
- Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Real estate > Property finance
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Real estate > Planning
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing