15. Slaughter and May
|Global heads:||Philippe Chappatte|
|Home jurisdiction:||United Kingdom|
|Total size of firm:||1,251|
|No. of competition specialists:||63|
|Percentage of competition specialists:||5|
|Who’s Who Legal nominees:||5|
|Percentage of partners in Who’s Who Legal:||83|
|Counsel and consultants:||1|
|No. of lateral partner hires:||0|
|No. of partner departures:||0|
|No. of internal promotions:||0|
Five of the firm’s six competition partners are listed, highlighting firm’s competition law expertise. What’s more, Claire Jeffs in Brussels received the highest number of votes in this year’s “40 under 40”.
The firm continues to be active in high-profile matters for several large clients. John Boyce in Brussels remains long-standing counsel to British Airways and continues to advise the airline in follow-on actions regarding the air cargo cartel investigation. London partner Bertrand Louveaux also represented British Airways in the OFT’s passenger fuel surcharge case, successfully reducing a £121 million fine to £58.5 million. Boyce and Jeffs are also helping advise Google in a European Commission’s abuse of dominance case, while Chappatte is counsel to Booking.com in the OFT’s prominent investigation of the online hotel booking market. The firm is also involved in the Libor cartel probe.
Slaughter and May worked on many notable mergers this year. It is acting in the tie-up between publishers Random House and Penguin; Boyce is counsel to Bertelsmann, which owns Random House. The firm also advised trading platform Chi-X in gaining UK clearance for its acquisition of BATS Trading, and continued to advise Chi-X in its opposition to the failed US$9 billion merger between NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse. In Brussels, Boyce advised International Airlines Group/British Airways in its acquisition of rival carrier BMI, which was cleared despite fierce opposition from Virgin Atlantic. Jeffs advised Motorola Mobility in its US$12.5 billion acquisition by Google.
As well as its highly regarded offices in Europe and Asia, Slaughter and May also benefits from its unique “best friends” network with five other firms: Uría Menéndez, Hengeler Mueller, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Bredin Prat and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo. The group shares office space in Brussels and are able to extend their reach around the world via this well-coordinated relationship.