Matthew Tobin > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May

Living Wage

Work Department

Capital Markets
Restructuring and Insolvency
Infrastructure and Energy
Debt Capital Markets
Acquisition and Leveraged Finance
Loan Finance and Private Placements


Matthew is Head of our Debt Capital Markets practice. He advises on a wide range of banking and financing work, including acquisition and bid financing, capital markets and securitisation transactions. Matthew also leads our Sustainable Finance practice which has advised on several green bonds issued by banks and multinationals and also green loans.


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


Prior Park College, Bath; Merton College, Oxford (1994 MA Modern History).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

(Leading individuals)

Matthew TobinSlaughter and May

Lauded for its ‘excellent market knowledge and appreciation for their clients’ commercial position’ Slaughter and May provides a ‘service that is second-to-none’ on behalf of the firm’s market-leading borrower focused client base, that include a huge proportion of FTSE 100/250 coporates. The scope of the work is broad and includes advice on general corporate lending, acquisition finance and refinancings, with a significant amount of recent transactions including pricing ratchets conditional on meeting various ESG-related key performance indicators (KPI). Many of the practitioners within the team have had experience of advising on such transactions, including team head Philip Snell who recently advised South32 on a $1.4bn sustainability-linked credit facility, in what was one of the first of such loans in the mining industry. Recognised as a ‘sound advisor through complex transactions in a very challenging environment’, Matthew Tobin is regularly engaged by major corporates on highly strategic mandates, including his export credit-backed £2bn loan provided to British Airways to ease its liquidity problems in the aftermath of the pandemic. Caroline Philips is also a key member of the team and really understands the commercial and legal implications for treasury teams across a range of financings.

London > Real estate > Property finance

Slaughter and May is increasingly active in sustainable financing mandates, in addition to handling acquisitions, restructurings and amendments in the hotel, student accommodation and residential spaces. Matthew Tobin heads up the practice, and Caroline Phillips advises clients across a range of real estate finance matters, including securitisation mandates and acquisition finance in the insurance, property, chemicals and energy sectors. Kevin Howes was promoted to the partnership in May 2022.

London > Real estate > Environment

Slaughter and May’s environment team is led by head of environmental law Samantha Brady, head of sustainability Jeff Twentyman , and Matthew Tobin  and stands out for its transactional work. Its sustainability and climate change offering has grown over the past year. Its key strengths include finding solutions to help clients allocate and provide for environmental and ESG risks on M&A transactions and advising on all areas of the energy sector including renewables, nuclear and oil and gas. It also has expertise in helping corporates navigate the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

London > Finance > Debt capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Matthew Tobin Slaughter and May

The team is responsive, and knowledgeable’, say clients of Slaughter and May.   Another notes that the firm has ‘an extreme breath of knowledge across all debt capital market transactions, providing useful insight that helps the client with important decision-making‘. The firm is a key adviser on UK public company debt issuance, though it is also increasingly active for underwriters. Lead partner Matthew Tobin who is ‘able to provide solutions to unexpected challenges and is very responsive to queries‘,  acted for AerCap Holdings N.V., the world’s largest aircraft leasing company, in the establishment of a new EMTN programme that is now listed on the GEM market of Euronext Dublin. Key partner Edward Fife assisted online fashion retailer ASOS with the issuance of £500m in unsecured convertible bonds. Guy O’Keefe and newly promoted partner Kevin Howes advised Cineworld Group plc on an issuance of $213m of convertible bonds that were privately placed with a select group of leading institutional investors. Caroline Phillips also plays a key role in DCM transactions and handled a €500m bond issue by INEOS Quattro Finance.