Andy Ryde > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May

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Work Department

Capital Markets
Corporate and M&A
Consumer and Retail
Financial Institutions Group
Global Investigations
Private Equity
Public Takeovers and Mergers
Industrial Products and Services
Private Acquisitions and Disposals


Andy is Head of our Corporate practice. He is active in all fields of corporate and commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers and mergers, stock exchange matters and equity capital markets transactions. Andy was named Client Partner of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2015 and was one of five lawyers shortlisted by Financial News for its Partner of the Year Award 2016.

His clients include:

  • FTSE 100 companies such as DS Smith, Entain (formerly GVC) and RSA
  • other listed companies such as Direct Line, Domino’s Pizza, Ibstock, Intermediate Capital Group, International Personal Finance, IWG (formerly Regus), Marks & Spencer, Non-Standard Finance, Signature Aviation and Vitec
  • multinationals such as GE, Moody’s, RenaissanceRe and Texas Instruments


Joined Slaughter and May in 1987. Partner since 1996.


The Minster School, Southwell, Nottinghamshire; Wadham College, Oxford (1986 MA Hons Jurisprudence).



Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Andy RydeSlaughter 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.