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Slaughter and May

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Partner; Ed advises borrower clients across a range of vanilla and structured financing activities and lenders on more highly structured lending transactions. Ed regularly acts on leveraged finance, infrastructure and real estate financing transactions.


Trained at Slaughter and May; qualified in 2005; associate, London 2005-08, Hong Kong 2008-10, London 2010-12; partner, London 2012. Admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong.


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Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

(Leading individuals)

Ed FifeSlaughter and May

Slaughter and May has a multi-specialist finance practice, in which several partners have expertise in both OTC and exchange-traded derivatives ranging from plain vanilla interest rate and currency derivatives, through commodity and energy derivatives, to equity and credit-linked products and derivatives linked to real estate, insurance and pensions. The firm also handles complex and innovative structured products and regulatory matters for banks and financial institutions, investment funds, insurers, pension funds, sovereign entities and corporates. Oliver Wicker, who recently advised financial institutions on several structured repo transactions, and Guy O’Keefe are the lead partners. Ed Fife frequently handles secured lending and derivatives transactions, including ISDA documentation and equity-related products. He recently advised Treasury Spring Management on a repo transaction and negotiated the terms of the TBMA/ISMA Global Master Repurchase Agreement. ‘The team is exceptionally clever and can be trusted 100% with the most complex issues‘, remarks one client.

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.