Roland Turnill > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May
ONE BUNHILL ROW
LONDON
EC1Y 8YY
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Banking and Finance
Capital Markets
Commercial Contracts
Corporate
Corporate and M&A
Financial Institutions Group
Infrastructure and Energy
Media & Telecoms
Private Acquisitions and Disposals
Public Takeovers and Mergers

Position

Roland is Head of our Mergers and Acquisitions practice and Co-Head of our Financial Institutions Group. His principal areas of work are public and private M&A, joint ventures, activism defence, governance and crisis management.

Career

Trained at Slaughter and May; qualified  in 1998; partner since 2004.

Languages

French.

Education

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

Leisure

Cricket, hockey, learning Spanish.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > TMT

The TMT group at Slaughter and May is especially well known for its work supporting major technology clients on corporate and commercial transactions. The practice is co-headed by long-term TMT stalwart Rob Sumroy and experienced corporate lawyer Victoria MacDuff. The firm’s offering in this sector was further strengthened by the promotion of two associates to partners in May 2021: Laura Houston and James Cook. Houston assists a broad client base in the acquisition, creation, exploitation, and divestment of technology assets, while Cook assists technology and telecoms clients in a range of transactions, in addition to co-heading the fintech practice with Sumroy. Roland Turnill and Duncan Blaikie are also noted, as are Paul Dickson and David Watkins for their media work.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Roland TurnillSlaughter 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.