Slaughter and May

Banking & Finance Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Formidable group with a market-leading borrower-side practice and an impressive cross-border capability. Acts for corporate groups on high-end acquisition financings in a wealth of sectors including energy, telecoms and retail. Impressive knowledge of term loan B, unitranche and high-yield bond finance structures in addition to substantive experience advising on Loan Market Association documentation. Increasingly popular choice of counsel to a number of leading private equity clients.

Strengths Sources say: "They are very responsive, very pragmatic and they are the best at problem solving."

One client says: "We like working with Slaughter and May a lot; their strengths include constant availability, a genuine partner-led approach to deals and a very strong team of associates to support those partners. They are very well organised and have the ability to deliver deals on time and free of error."

Market commentators say: "It's a highly regarded borrower-side practice which is very capable."

Work highlights Acted for GlaxoSmithKline on the financing of its USD5.1 billion acquisition of TESARO.

Notable practitioners


Edward Fife
regularly advises borrower clients on a broad array of financing matters including leveraged and infrastructure finance mandates. He also offers expertise in lender-side representation.

"Ed is smart and patient. He is also very hard-working and makes himself available whenever we need him." "Ed is excellent on big structured loan work."


Matthew Tobin
has particular experience advising on investment grade financing and private equity finance matters. He is a trusted adviser to large corporates and demonstrates additional skill in real estate finance.
"He is very knowledgeable, very calm and extremely experienced."


Philip Snell
is head of the firm's acquisition finance team. He advises borrower clients on all types of banking transactions.
"He is an absolutely fantastic lawyer - fantastic technically and good with clients." "He's very knowledgeable."


Robert Byk
is adept at advising corporate borrowers and private equity funds on cross-border financings. He has a broad practice which spans structured acquisitions and bid financings, in addition to capital markets expertise.
"He is a very capable lawyer with strong interpersonal skills."