Rebecca Cousin > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May

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Partner; Rebecca advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters.

Her corporate practice consists of advising clients on M&A transactions, both public and private, joint ventures, equity issues and long term commercial contracts. She also advises on day-to-day company law and corporate reporting and governance matters.

In addition, Rebecca co-heads our Data Protection and Privacy practice. She advises on all aspects in this area, including on stand-alone compliance queries, in corporate transactions, e-commerce, commercial contracts and global investigations.

Rebecca is a contributing author to Tolley’s Company Law Service, Privacy Laws and Business, and sits on the Consulting Editorial Board of Lexis PSL.


Trained at Pinsent Masons (formerly Pinsent Curtis); qualified 2000; partner at Slaughter and May 2008.


Nottingham Girls’ High School; University of Sheffield (1997 BA Law).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Rebecca Cousin – Slaughter and May

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’.

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

(Leading individuals)

Rebecca CousinSlaughter and May

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.