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Slaughter and May

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Financing, Restructuring and Insolvency



Ian heads our Restructuring and Insolvency group, and maintains a broad restructuring and insolvency practice, from difficult refinancings and restructurings to formal insolvencies.  He regularly advises:

  • Companies (and their boards), creditors and other stakeholders on all aspects of corporate financial distress and contingency planning.
  • Private equity firms and hedge funds on distressed investments, loan to own strategies and litigation issues.
  • European governments and central banks on complex and ground-breaking matters, including bank recapitalisation and resolution, new legislative toolkits and the establishment of bad banks and asset management companies.


Trained at Slaughter and May 2002-04; qualified 2004; secondment to Gernandt & Danielsson, Stockholm for six months 2003-04; associate, Slaughter and May 2004-11; secondment to corporate legal team at RBS 2006; partner at present firm 2011 to date.


Basic Swedish and German.


The Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA); City of London Law Society’s Insolvency Committee.


Somerville College, University of Oxford (1999 BA (Hons) Modern History); BPP Law School (2001 CPE); OXILP (2002 LPC).


Running, watching football.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

(Leading individuals)

Ian JohnsonSlaughter and May

Given the firm’s roster of top tier coporate clients, Slaughter and May is primarily focused on debtor-side mandates, both in a restructuring and formal insolvency context. Much of its work derives from listed companies and the firm is consequently highly conversant at advising such clients on the often unique challenges associated with restructuring Plcs.  Headed by the ‘outstanding’ Ian Johnson, the firm is able to advise on big-ticket multi-jurisdictional mandates, due to its best friend relationships and ‘commitment to working with the best local talent in other jurisdictions’. Johnson is at the vanguard of developments in the market, and has gained acclaim for his effective use of the newly enacted UK Restructuring Plan ‘in a number of different situations and circumstances’. The ‘very commercial and responsive’ Tom Vickers is also a key member of the team and regularly acts alongside Johnson on many of the firm’s highest-profile deals, including in relation to financial services insolvencies – another niche specialism of the group.