IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

“Magic Circle” law firm Slaughter and May was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in London. The firm has offices in Beijing, Brussels and Hong Kong.


Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in corporate and M&A, banking and finance, debt and equity capital markets and restructuring work.

In banking and finance, the firm advises sponsors on the financing of private equity transactions.

The firm has strengths in various areas but is perhaps best known for its corporate work. In cross border deals the firm has a unique network of ‘best friend’ firms including the likes of Hengeler Mueller in Germany and Bredin Prat in France. The firm has also cultivated relationships with a handful of US firms including Cravath Swaine & Moore, Paul Weiss and Wachtell Lipton.


Key clients

In banking and finance, key clients include Athora, British Airways (IAG), Cineworld, Deutsche Bank, Varde, Palamon, Coca Cola European Partners, ASOS, Diageo, Vodafone, Rolls-Royce, States of Jersey and MarkerStudy.

In corporate and M&A, the firm works with Burberry, Diageo, DS Smith, GlaxoSmithKline, General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Royal Dutch Shell, RSA, Standard Life Aberdeen and Vodafone.


Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Capital markets : Debt

“Strong market knowledge. excellent technical expertise. Responsiveness and commerciality.”



“Slaughter & May are technically excellent with a very strong understanding of the law.  The firm is very well resourced with good talent at all levels. They also apply the law is a very commercial and practical way.”