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Slaughter and May

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Corporate and M&A


Partner. David heads one of the firm’s corporate groups and has over 25 years’ experience advising on a wide range of corporate transactions, commercial agreements and governance matters. He has particular expertise in public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and equity financings. David acts for a number of listed companies, including Arrow Global Group, BAT, BHP, Cineworld, GlaxoSmithKline, IAG, Marston’s, SEGRO and The Restaurant Group.


Joined Slaughter and May in 1991. Partner since 2000.


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

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London > Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare

Leveraging the firm’s position in the market as a transactional powerhouse, Slaughter and May’s corporate practitioners are regularly involved in high-profile corporate and financing transactions at a national and international level. In a recent highlight, the group advised GlaxoSmithKline on the demerger of its consumer healthcare business into a separately listed group. Richard Smith and Claire Jackson are the key corporate names and lead the team with Duncan Blaikie, who handles commercial work and IP issues. Transactional expert David Johnson is also recommended.

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

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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.