Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 39 partners
- 119 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent firms for corporate work in the UK. Acts for more UK-listed companies than any other firm and is also active in global deals for international clients. Possesses one of the strongest benches in the M&A market.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They know the subject back to front, they're very knowledgeable and you know they're getting it right."
"Slaughters are outstanding - they have a strength in depth that is almost unmatched."
"With Slaughter & May you get their excellent standards and the all-encompassing gold-plated client service."
Work highlights Advised Vodafone on its USD130 billion disposal of its US group, including a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, to Verizon Communications.
Assisted NYSE Euronext in its buyout by IntercontinentalExchange for USD11 billion.
"Eminence grise" Nigel Boardman remains a "hugely impressive lawyer" who is "faultless" in his corporate work. He is one of the City's most experienced practitioners, and was part of the team acting for Vodafone on its sale of its interest in Verizon Wireless to Verizon.
The "superb" Andy Ryde heads up the firm's corporate group and is a highly respected figure in the market. One source says of Ryde: "He combines cutting-edge knowledge with being practical and user-friendly. He's a first-rate corporate M&A lawyer."
Stephen Cooke is an "extremely good" partner who has the respect of his leading peers in the market. He is highly experienced and is often sighted on major deals.
Frances Murphy is described as a "very commercial and very sensible" lawyer who is "particularly strong at project management." She co-led the firm's advice to NYSE Euronext with respect to its USD11 billion merger with IntercontinentalExchange.
Jeffrey Twentyman acts for corporate and private equity clients and is described as a "really good-quality" lawyer. He is particularly noted for his experience.
Sources praise William Underhill as "brilliant technically" for his work in corporate finance on a variety of transactions. He acted for Royal Mail on its high-profile IPO.
David Johnson is a "very strong" lawyer who clients say is "very bright and very focused on our interests." He is particularly noted for his work in corporate finance matters.
The "terrific" Kathy Hughes gains plaudits from clients and peers as a "very impressive" practitioner. She has plentiful experience in a host of corporate transactions.
Roland Turnill leaves clients "running out of superlatives" with his proficiency as a corporate practitioner. His ability to "pick up the biggest deals and make them look easy" was demonstrated by his role as co-lead in Vodafone's disposal of its US group to Verizon for USD130 billion.
Gary Eaborn is a "very technically astute and tough" transactional lawyer who acts for a range of domestic and international companies.
Simon Nicholls is credited by sources as an "incredibly intelligent and very quick lawyer" who gains plaudits for his ability to anticipate issues. He co-led the firm's work for Diageo in relation to its purchase of a stake in United Spirits.
Robert Stern is noted as a "very smart operator" for his wide-ranging corporate and capital markets practice.
Senior partner Christopher Saul is one of the most experienced lawyers in the market and remains the "big name" in the London market.
The "excellent" Mark Zerdin is a "commercial, smart guy" who is an experienced hand at corporate and private equity work. He recently assisted FS Africa in its acquisition of Lonrho for around £174.5 million.
Significant clients Bupa, Centrica, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone.