This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Slaughter and May has a prestigious reputation among peers and clients. The firm enjoys a substantial global reputation by virtue of its offices in the key legal centres of Brussels, Hong Kong and Beijing as well as the flagship London office, while its “best friends” scheme ensures that it maintains links worldwide. With a focus on M&A, financing and corporate and commercial law, lawyers at Slaughter and May are widely sought after for their “instinctive know-how” and “ability to understand the business demands of the market”. This year the firm is listed 54 times across an impressive 16 practice areas.
|SLAUGHTER and MAY|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 54|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Aviation||1||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Banking||3||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|Capital Markets||5||Internet & e-Commerce||1|
|Commercial Litigation||6||M & A||9|
|Competition||6||Oil & Gas||3|
|Corporate Governance||7||Private Funds||1|
|Corporate Tax||6||Project Finance||1|
Undoubtedly the firm’s key practice areas are M&A and corporate governance – clients praise the “seamless service” and “talent” of the team. Stephen Cooke heads the M&A department and is recommended as “outstanding” on takeover bids. Recent high profile clients include Cadbury, British Airways and Emerson Electric. Corporate practice head Frances Murphy is a “superb lawyer”; clients rate her as the “go-to person” for corporate governance and M&A. Nigel Boardman is praised for his “innovative and strategic outlook” and is rated as a “very influential presence” in the market by peers. Also listed is senior partner Christopher Saul, a corporate specialist highlighted for the “incredible depth” of his expertise in M&A and corporate governance. Well known for his work advising the HM Treasury on multiple issues resulting from the credit crunch, Charles Randell is “unreservedly recommended” as a “leading individual”. Alongside him, William Underhill is “renowned” for his work on takeovers and is also highly nominated in our capital markets chapter.
Several lawyers are noted for their finance expertise earning inclusions in our banking, capital markets and corporate tax chapters. Banking expert Ruth Fox heads the financial regulation group. She has advised major financial institutions, building societies and corporate trustees on all aspects of commercial transactions and is described as “incredibly focused”. Deputy financing head Stephen Powell is considered “top of the field” in banking. In the capital markets chapter, practice head Marc Hutchinson is described as “superb” and “incredibly smart”, having advised financial institutions, regulators and government entities. Nilufer von Bismarck has worked with a broad range of industries on capital market transactions and is “trusted with complex matters” by her clients. In Hong Kong, Benita Yu has acted on several “ground-breaking” deals including advising Prada and Prudential. “Outstanding” corporate tax specialist Graham Iversen advises on a full range of tax issues predominantly relating to M&A transactions. Sara Luder is head of the tax practice and is lauded as “the go-to person” for tax and “a great lawyer to work with”. Colleagues Jeanette Zaman and Tony Beare are also listed, the latter focusing on corporate tax in structured finance deals.
Slaughter and May boasts an extremely strong dispute resolution team headed by Richard Clark, a “first-rate” practitioner who has handled complex multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes in banking, trade and media. Our commercial litigation chapter features a further five lawyers from the firm including former head of dispute resolution Elizabeth Barrett, who “stands out” for her work advising major international corporations, financial institutions and government and regulatory bodies. Deborah Finkler is “highly regarded” for her excellent finance dispute resolution practice, while Nick Archer specialises in international energy and banking disputes, particularly in the Middle East and India.
With an office in Brussels and “best friend” firms spread across Europe, Slaughter and May’s competition practice is thriving with six inclusions in this year’s chapter. Competition group head Philippe Chappatte splits his time between London and Brussels and advises on a full range of competition matters including mergers, cartels and behavioural issues. He “always does a great job” for clients including Fuji Electric, Ericsson and Global Radio. Bertrand Louveaux impresses clients with his “technical expertise” due to his background in economics, and Michael Rowe has represented global giants Unilever and Travis Perkins in his capacity as head of the competition litigation practice. John Boyce and Claire Jeffs are based in the firm’s Brussels office, the latter focusing on merger control cases.
The firm is celebrated over a further nine chapters, demonstrating the depth of its expertise across a full range of practice areas.
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