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Slaughter and May

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Partner specialising in corporate finance, commercial, general corporate and mergers and acquisitions; particular experience in public and private M&A transactions and equity financings.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1993; partner 2000.


Nottingham High School; Trinity Hall, Cambridge (Law).

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

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David Johnson

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May specialises in high-value M&A work for high-profile clients, predominantly in the FTSE350 range. Indicative features of the firm’s work include cross-border transactions across a host of sectors, with  retail, pharmaceutical and media clients all represented over the last year.  In the media sector, senior partner and ‘statesman‘ Steve Cooke led as the firm advised Walt Disney on English law aspects of its $85bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Sally Wokes , a partner since 2015,  advises on a broad range of corporate transactions in both the public and private markets, and has handled high-profile mandates in the retail and leisure sectors. In the telecoms sector, Roland Turnill was the lead name, alongside Susannah Macknay, on Vodafone’s $18.4bn acquisition of certain operations of Liberty Global. Also recommended are David Johnson and Andy Ryde, who co-heads the practice with Turnill, in addition to Simon Nicholls , who acts for both publicly listed companies and private companies on corporate transactions. The ‘fantastically smartFrancesca Harris, an associate in the corporate department, also comes highly recommended, having worked with Ryde on a high-value acquisition by DS Smith. The firm saw a number of retirements this year, including M&A heavyweights Nigel Boardman and William Underhill, although David Watkins returned to London from the Hong Kong office.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Slaughter and May‘s client list ranges from some of the largest international life sciences companies through to start-ups, universities and research institutions, as well as investors, and it counts GlaxoSmithKline as a key client. It provides multi-jurisdictional cover and is especially adept in the realms of corporate/M&A and finance deals where it provides a ‘flawless‘ service.  David Johnson spearheads corporate and commercial transactions together with Simon NichollsSusie Middlemiss takes on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.