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Slaughter and May

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Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

Ian Johnson

Work 020 7600 1200
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Financing, corporate recovery and insolvency.


Partner with a broad financing practice with a focus on restructuring and insolvency-related work. Head of the firm's Restructuring and Insolvency practice. Ian has advised a number of companies and directors on complex and high value restructurings, refinancings and insolvencies. He has also advised European governments and central banks on a range of issues, including bank recapitalisation and resolution, new legislative toolkits and the establishment of bad banks/asset management companies.
Ian also regularly advises private equity firms and hedge funds on distressed investments, loan to own strategies and litigation issues.


Trained at Slaughter and May 2002-04; qualified 2004; secondment to Gernandt & Danielsson, Stockholm for six months 2003-04; associate, Slaughter and May 2004-11; secondment to corporate legal team at RBS 2006; partner at present firm 2011 to date.


Basic Swedish and German.


The Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA); City of London Law Society’s Insolvency Committee.


Somerville College, University of Oxford (1999 BA (Hons) Modern History); BPP Law School (2001 CPE); OXILP (2002 LPC).


Running, watching football.

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Johnson - Slaughter and May

Within: Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Able to mobilise cross-disciplinary expertise, including practitioners from within the firm's corporate, litigation and finance practices, Slaughter and May 's core four-partner team is praised for its 'versatility across the credit spectrum' and ability to handle many of 'the most challenging and complex situations in the market'. Able to leverage the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients, in addition to attracting standalone work, the firm has 'excellent debtor-side credentials and has recently been involved in a number of the preeminent restructurings and insolvency cases'. 'A very good double act', Ian Johnson and Tom Vickers 'have proven many times that they can deliver difficult projects on time and with rigour', including their recent work for Carillion Plc on its high-profile insolvency. The team is also praised for its 'industry leading work in the field of financial services restructuring'.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Spanning multiple practice areas, Slaughter and May's Brexit taskforce draws heavily from the firm’s financial services practice and also benefits from strong corporate and dispute resolution teams, as well as experience acting for government clients and public sector bodies. On the financial services side, the group counts UK and EU-headquartered banks and insurers, asset managers and private equity firms as clients, which it advises on corporate restructurings and business transfers. It recently advised Standard Life Assurance and Prudential Assurance Company on their separate corporate restructurings including establishing EU entities and branches and transferring the EU business from the UK to the new EU bases. Jeff Twentyman and Jan Putnis jointly lead the team; Twentyman also leads the firm’s private equity group and Putnis heads up the financial regulation practice. Other noteworthy practitioners include corporate partner Richard De Carle, insurance specialist Craig Cleaver, data protection expert Rebecca Cousin, Ian Johnson, who heads up the restructuring and insurance practice, and Sara Luder, who leads the tax group.

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