Slaughter and May

Banking & Finance Department

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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.

Strengths Clients note: "They are our go-to advisers for anything we want to do relating to debt. They are incredibly user-friendly: it's a very complicated area and they are very good at communicating the key features to non-technicians in an easy-to-understand way."

Sources say the team is "highly professional with great strength in depth across associates and more junior members. They have a huge capacity to absorb work and demonstrate great flexibility with a strong client focus."

Interviewees report: "They are very good at going into the detail in order to get insight in layman's terms on very intricate issues."

Work highlights Advised Vodafone on the proposed acquisition of certain operations of Liberty Global’s operations in Germany and the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, excluding its direct-to-home business, for a total enterprise value of EUR18.4 billion.

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant"
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. Clients say: "He is very sharp, very creative in approach and he doesn't believe things must be done in the way they have always been done."

Head of the firm's acquisition finance team
Philip Snell
advises borrower clients on all types of banking transactions. He returned to full-time practice in 2019, having taken a sabbatical.