Senior Partner: Steve Cooke
Number of partners worldwide: 111
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 680
European Offices: London, Brussels
International Offices: Hong Kong, Beijing
Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm with a worldwide corporate, commercial and financing practice. The firm provides its clients with a professional service of the highest calibre, combining technical excellence with commercial awareness and a practical, constructive approach to legal issues. The firm’s lawyers are encouraged to handle a broad range of work in each of the firm’s main practice areas.
Main Areas of Practice:
Capital Markets: Capital issues ranging from ‘plain vanilla’ to highly structured products; sovereign debt; initial public offerings; rights issues and other pre-emptive issues; convertible and exchangeable securities; placings; equity derivatives, hedging and stabilisation of equity and equity-related products.
Contacts: Matthew Tobin (Debt), Nilufer von Bismarck (Equity)
EC, UK and cross-border merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance, market investigations, State aid, public procurement and sectoral regulation.
Contacts: Philippe Chappatte, John Boyce
Advising on competition and regulatory litigation before English and European courts including appeals against decisions of competition authorities and regulators and private actions for damages and other forms of relief.
Contact: Richard Swallow
Advising clients on all aspects of tax disputes with domestic and overseas tax authorities from the investigation stage through to proceedings before the tax tribunals and courts.
Contacts: Dominic Robertson, Richard Jeens
Corporate & Commercial:
Demergers and reorganisations; joint ventures; returns of capital; corporate governance and general advice to corporates.
Contacts: Andy Ryde, Roland Turnill
We approach cyber as a corporate governance risk, and advise on the full spectrum of cyber issues. This includes helping our clients understand and mitigate cyber risks, both in their business as usual operations, and when engaging in activities which raise specific cyber concerns.
Data Protection and Privacy:
Advising on all aspects of data protection and privacy, from data processing arrangements to the design and implementation of complex multi-jurisdictional data strategies on both contentious and non-contentious matters. This regularly involves taking account of data protection and privacy rules on a global basis.
Advising on the interplay between developments in the fields of technology, data exploitation and financial regulation. We recognise that businesses can have very different approaches and appetite to risk depending on where they sit in the Fintech sector.
Handles the full range of litigation and arbitration, including complex international and domestic disputes, risk management and mediation.
Contact: Sarah Lee
Compliance, management and liability and the environmental aspects of corporate and financing transactions.
Contact: Richard Todd
A range of regulatory issues affecting financial institution clients and non-regulated customers.
Contacts: Jan Putnis, Ben Kingsley, Nick Bonsall
Financing: Acquisitions/leveraged finance; loan finance; derivatives; securitisations; structured finance; and leasing and asset finance.
Contact: Andrew McClean
Funds & Asset Management:
Advising asset management businesses on legal and regulatory issues, including their structure, location, acquisition and disposal; and advice to managers and investors on the establishment, promotion and reorganisation of investment funds and other financial products.
Contacts: Robert Chaplin, Paul Dickson, Andy Ryde
Handles the full spectrum of statutory, regulatory and disciplinary investigations by regulatory or professional bodies and government agencies.
Contacts: Deborah Finkler, Richard Swallow, Jonathan Cotton
Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources:
Advising on a range of matters for clients in the infrastructure, energy and mining and minerals sectors, including mergers and acquisitions, projects and investments.
Contacts: Michael Corbett, Hywel Davies
Advising insurance sector clients on the full range of corporate, financing and regulatory matters including M&A, capital markets, restructurings, risk transfer, regulatory capital and (re)insurance litigation.
Contact: Jonathan Marks
Advising on the creation, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, including on global IP licensing structures and R&D arrangements; multijurisdictional and domestic IP disputes such as complex patent disputes involving cross-border litigation strategy.
Contact: Susie Middlemiss
Buying and selling public and private companies and businesses, often involving a cross-border element.
Contacts: Andy Ryde, Roland Turnill
Pensions & Employment:
Employment, pensions and employee benefit matters.
Contact: Charles Cameron
Venture capital investment through to the largest and most complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions and from the initial investment all the way through to exit.
Contact: Jeff Twentyman
All types of property transactions as well as construction and engineering projects.
Contacts: Richard Todd, Jane Edwarde, John Nevin
Restructuring & Insolvency:
Advising companies, directors, creditors, insolvency practitioners and other parties on complex restructuring and refinancings.
Contacts: Richard de Carle, Ian Johnson, Tom Vickers
Sovereign Debt & Eurozone:
Advising a range of public and private sector clients around the world on sovereign debt restructuring and Eurozone-related issues.
Contacts: Nilufer von Bismarck, Ian Johnson
Sport: On-field matters; sporting authority disciplinary and arbitration proceedings; and regulation of participants by sports governing bodies.
Contacts: Andrew Jolly, Rob Sumroy
Advising on a broad range of outsourcing (BPO, ITO etc) and other strategic sourcing projects across a variety of sectors and jurisdictions.
Contact: Rob Sumroy
Transaction structuring, implementation and other tax aspects of the full range of corporate transactions; tax consultancy; and tax disputes and investigations including multi-issue interventions with HMRC.
Contact: Sara Luder
Advising companies active across a broad range of new and mainstream technologies on their technology and e-commerce related matters.
Contact: Rob Sumroy
International work is central to the firm’s practice. In addition to its overseas offices, the firm has developed extensive and meaningful relationshipsm with law firms that are market leaders in their respective jurisdictions. Slaughter and May delivers a premium, client-focused service by working with these market leading firms, as a single united team, to deliver cross-jurisdictional advice that genuinely reflects what ‘global’ means for its clients. This is often referred to as the ‘best friends’ approach. These relationships are not exclusive so flexible working and billing practices can be tailored to the client and the job.