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Slaughter and May
ONE BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YY
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Capital Markets
Consumer and Retail
Corporate and M&A
Healthcare, Pharma and Life Sciences

Position

Simon is a partner who advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate advice, public and private M&A and equity financings and acts for a number of listed companies, including Babcock, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, John Wood Group, Morgan Advanced Materials, Ultra Electronics and Whitbread.

Career

Trained at Slaughter and May; qualified in 1998; partner since 2005.

Memberships

Fellow of the Association of Costs Lawyers; practitioner member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; member of the APIL Costs and Funding Special Interest Group.

Education

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School for Boys; Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA BCL).

Leisure

Football, golf, boxing, cooking and natural history.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Simon NichollsSlaughter 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.

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.