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Slaughter and May

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Partner and Head of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice. Broad commercial and corporate finance practice; principal areas of work are public takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals and initial and secondary public equity offerings.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1998; partner 2004.




Winchester College; Brasenose College, Oxford (1994); College of Law, Guildford (1995).


Cricket, hockey, learning Spanish.

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London > Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds

At Slaughter and May, Roland Turnill and others are advising Prudential on the demerger of its UK & Europe business; this transaction will form two separate listed companies. The firm has developed a reputation for advising financial institutions on the impact of Brexit, including potential restructuring options for the asset management and investment fund arms of these entities. Cross-jurisdictional fund mandates are a core area of work, with pan-European structures being a particular favourite for the corporate team. Robert Chaplin, Paul Dickson and Jan Putnis together lead the practice and are key contacts.

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

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Roland TurnillSlaughter 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.