Slaughter and May

Corporate/M&A Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Maintains a commanding position for its skills in the most sophisticated and high-value transactional work, calling upon a deep bench of lawyers capable of handling domestic and cross-border deals of the highest complexity. Its enviable roster of clients includes numerous FTSE 100 companies operating across a broad range of sectors, including technology and financial services. Retains close relationships with investment banks and private equity sponsors.

Strengths One client enthuses: "It's an excellent firm with very bright lawyers who very quickly get under the skin of a deal. The nice thing about working with them is that you get a feeling of complete assurance, and you never have doubt that they will deliver."

Another adds: "They offer high-quality advice and are able to bring together a broad team of advisers on any transaction. They're a high-performing team."

"They are calming and reassuring to talk to, and they will give you good advice," another source says.

Work highlights Advised GlaxoSmithKline on the creation of a joint venture with Pfizer, combining the companies' market-leading consumer health businesses.

Notable practitioners


Andy Ryde
is a top-tier corporate practitioner who applies a market-leading skill set to a broad array of corporate transactions. He serves as head of the firm's corporate practice.
"In the event of something very material in the corporate space he would be the first external lawyer we would pick the phone up to."


David Johnson
leverages years of experience working in corporate finance into an excellent transactional advisory practice. He is sought after for his counsel on high-end public and private M&A and joint ventures.
"David is excellent, and always keeps responsibility for the work."


Jeffrey Twentyman
practises at the highest level of the market, and is well known for the superlative advice he offers corporate and private equity clients in connection with their transactional activity. He frequently handles M&A, joint ventures and disposals.


Nigel Boardman
is an esteemed name on London's corporate landscape, whose reputation is built out of a career advising on market-defining transactions. Areas of expertise include domestic and international M&A, joint ventures and demergers.


Roland Turnill
heads the firm's M&A practice and applies his standout expertise in the area to substantial transactions. He offers premier counsel on joint ventures, public takeovers and capital markets matters.
"Roland was really excellent - very available, very credible and a clear communicator.""Roland is a fantastic strategic thinker and is always on the ball."


Simon Nicholls
operates a broad practice with expertise in M&A and equity capital markets deals. He is leant upon by a stable of clients composed of listed companies and investment banks.


Stephen Cooke
is a foremost corporate lawyer and the firm's senior partner. His prestigious reputation reflects the depth of his expertise as regards significant M&A transactions across a variety of sectors.