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External speakers’ biographies



Ferdinand D. Adadzi


AB & David

Ferdinand graduated from the University of Ghana with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and also holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) degree from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He specializes in structuring transaction and project advisory services, construction and engineering and international Trade.

Ferdinand has also worked extensively for the firm’s corporate clients particularly in the areas of in Finance, Taxation and Regulatory Advice. He was part of the team that advised on the negotiation and implementation of Ghana’s US$547 million Millennium Challenge Compact. He has worked on the design of PPP structure for the extraction of water resources and railway concessions in Ghana. Additionally, he has worked as international support on the development of Procurement and Concessions Regulations and Manual for Republic of Liberia.

Daniel Agbor

Managing Partner

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Dan Agbor is the Managing Partner of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie and heads its Corporate/M&A and Private Equity teams. He also continues to practice actively in the areas of Banking and Finance. His diverse experience includes advising on Nigeria's earliest global depositary receipt programme, Nigeria’s first independent power project, the establishment of Nigeria's first discount house, Nigeria's first banking merger, Nigeria’s first Eurobond transaction, the structuring of an international debt fund that is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and numerous mergers and acquisitions, across a variety of sectors.

Dan provides client training and participates locally and internationally on panels and conferences, as a speaker on issues ranging from foreign investment in Nigeria, private equity, secured credit transactions and legal issues associated with financing transactions and public-private partnerships in Nigeria. He is commended by Chambers, the IFLR 1000, the Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading lawyer, and recognised and commended as a leading lawyer in The Lawyer’s Africa Private Equity Elite Report.

Audrey Alévina


Alévina & Partners

In 2013, Audrey Alevina founded Alévina & Partners, a legal structure in Libreville (Gabon) to advise foreign investors and credit institutions on domestic and cross border transactions.

She gained over 10 years of experience through diverse projects within the Libreville and Paris office of Ernst&Young first and Amsterdam and  Dubai office of PriceWaterhouseCooper then.

Her legal skills combined to her financial audit practice, allow her to understand various aspects of financial and business montages and to offer to investors a full range of OHADA legal services.

With Alévina & Partners, she specializes in major infrastructure projects, particularly in transportation (maritime, rail, road and airport) and energy (oil and gas) sectors. With her partner Gaetan Mboza, they have acted on these major projects mainly in Gabon but also in CEMAC countries. Their expertise include the negotiation of public-private partnerships and energy and infrastructure projects between governments, private companies and financial institutions. Audrey advises Harbour operators, investment funds as well as energy companies.


Ace Anan Ankomah

Managing Partner

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Ace Anan Ankomah is the Managing Partner of the Ghanaian firm, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah. He also heads the firm’s Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

Ace attended University of Ghana, Ghana School of Law and Queen’s University, Canada. He was called to the Ghana Bar in 1992 and has been ranked by Chambers Global since 2006. He has also taught Company Law, Taxation Law and Civil Procedure in Ghana.

He has served on the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and as the Regional Vice-Chair for Europe/Middle East/Africa of the Lex Mundi Managing Partners Committee. He is currently a member of the Ghana Bar Association, the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Governing Board of the Ghana Law Reform Commission.

Dayo Ayoola-Johnson


Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun

Dayo Ayoola-Johnson is a Partner in the Shipping & Litigation Group of the firm Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun. He is based in Lagos.

With over 17 years’ experience, Dayo specialises in litigation, commercial arbitration and advisory matters relating to corporate and commercial law, aviation and maritime law, international trade law, banking and securities law, corporate restructuring and insolvency, taxation and oil spill related matters. His areas of specialty also include intellectual property and real estate.

Dayo has acquired expansive experience in resolving complex and multi-faceted commercial disputes. He has been described as being clear sighted in complex legal issues and as having inestimable knowledge in trial advocacy.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria, a Fellow of the Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom.

Kim Bromley

Head of Legal, Compliance, Governance and Risk

Prudential Africa

Kim is Head of Legal, Compliance, Governance and Risk for Prudential Africa. She started her career as corporate insurance associate at Norton Rose before moving in-house to RSA in 2008.  Since moving in-house, Kim has broadened her corporate and commercial experience, advising on corporate governance, public company, distribution agreements, M&A, commercial contracts, corporate restructurings, global reinsurance programmes, Solvency II, data protection, property and employment matters.

Kim joined Prudential plc in 2012 and worked in the Group Legal Function providing general corporate, strategic and M&A advice for the Group.  Since Prudential Africa was formed in 2013 she has worked on all of its acquisitions in Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria) and strategic partnership deals as well as advising on general corporate governance, strategy and a multitude of other legal matters.  Kim took on her broader role with Prudential Africa in July 2016.

Sophie Chandauka

Executive Director and CAO

Morgan Stanley

Sophie is an Executive Director and CAO of Morgan Stanley's Legal and Compliance Division in EMEA. Previously Sophie was Head of Group Treasury (Legal) at Virgin Money leading execution of corporate finance activity in excess of £13bn in four years. Once a Senior Associate at global firm Baker McKenzie, she advised NIKE, The Body Shop, Citi, Macquarie Bank and others. She is the recipient of many industry awards and featured as a top 100 minority business leader in the Financial Times, Sunday Times and The Power List of Black Britons. She is Co-Chair of Morgan Stanley’s African and Caribbean Business Alliance and a member of the Global Expansion Committee of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) – a preeminent American organisation committed to increasing the number of black executives in senior executive and board roles in global enterprises.

Lara Coker

General Counsel

Shoreline Natural Resources Limited

With over 20 years’ experience in diverse areas of legal practice that covers litigation, consultancy in an international multidisciplinary firm and as a company secretary of a Public liability Company, Lara is a business advisor as her role is to ensure transactions are well structured to minimize legal, compliance and tax.

Lara is a Notary Public, a member of the Institute of Directors as well as an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Lara is currently the General Counsel of Shoreline Natural Resources Limited. Amongst her passion is the mentorship of young lawyers/women and she offers free advisory services to charitable organizations.

Salimatou Diallo


SD Avocats

Salimatou, founding partner of SD Avocats, is admitted to the Conakry (2013), Paris (2007) and New York (2005) bars and holds dual French/Guinean citizenship. Her practice focusses primarily on project development, finance (including acquisition finance) M&A, general corporate and commercial and other matters, principally in the energy and mining sectors in Francophone Africa. Prior to founding SDA, Salimatou was Of Counsel in the Energy & Infrastructure team of Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the leading international law firms in Paris.

SD Avocats is a member of ALN (Africa Legal Network), a leading alliance of African independent law firms.

Salimatou is one of the only two lawyers ranked in the top band for Guinea – General Business Law by Chambers Global 2017, which says that "The much sought-after Salimatou Diallo is enthusiastically praised by sources, who say: 'She's brilliant,' adding: 'She's very approachable and has quickly become established as a go-to lawyer.' Other sources note: 'She's a marvellous lawyer and by far one of the best in Guinea.'

Carl Dinnen

Political Correspondent

ITV News

Carl Dinnen is a Political Correspondent for ITV News. He has covered the Brexit Referendum and the 2015 and 2017 elections and frequently interviews senior Cabinet ministers and their opposition counterparts. Before that Carl was a Reporter for Channel Four News with a focus on defence, he was embedded with the US Army during the Iraq invasion in 2003.

ITV is the UK's leading commercial broadcaster and it's news programmes are watched by millions of viewers every day.

Franca Egwuekwe

Manager/Head of Capital Market Unit

Nigerian Stock Exchange

Franca Egwuekwe is a Manager/Head of Capital Market Unit, Legal Department at Nigerian Stock Exchange. She specializes in capital market, M & A, private equity, project finance, etc. She has been very instrumental to a number of NSE’s key projects, including the proposed launch of ETDs, the establishment of Nigeria’s premier CCP and the Demutualization of NSE. She currently represents NSE on the Senate Committee on drafting/review of the Investments and Securities Act (Amendment) Bill and Companies and Allied Matters Act (Amendment) Bill. She is the Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of NG Clearing Limited.

Prior to joining NSE, Franca was a Senior Associate at Aluko & Oyebode, where she advised on several landmark transactions. She has an MBA from Lagos Business School; she was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006; and has an LL.B. Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, where she won 7 awards. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK.


Gaia Ines Fasso

Head of Anthemis Institute


Gaia is a Head of the Anthemis Institute and works in collaboration with entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders and visionaries to rethink the role of innovation and social impact in Financial Services. Prior to joining Anthemis, Gaia worked at UnLtd, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, where she helped design and run the accelerator program Fast Growth and directly advised 11 clients on growth strategies.

Gaia received her Bachelors in Human Rights from the University of Bologna and Masters in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics. She is fluent in Italian and French.

Safia Fassi Fihri


BFR & Associés

Safia Fassi-Fihri specializes in mergers and acquisitions (listed and non-listed companies, investment funds, etc.), joint-ventures, capital markets transactions and also in financings. Safia also advises real estate or touristic developers in connection with the structuring of investment funds.

Safia also takes an interest in corporate governance and socially responsible investments.

She practiced law as a lawyer in renowned international law firm in Paris and London before accepting a position as general counsel for a major insurance company in Morocco.

Safia hold a master in business law form the University of Paris II – Assas and is graduated from ESSEC Business School.

Safia is fluent in Arabic, French and English.

Lynda Gratton

Professor of Management Practice | Organisational Behaviour Department

London Business School

Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and the founder of Hot Spots Movement and the Future of Work Research Consortium, that bring together executives from over 35 companies, including four Japanese companies. Professor Gratton has written extensively about the interface between people and organisations, and her books, including The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity are bestsellers in Japan. Lynda’s work has been acknowledged globally and most recently in 2017, Lynda became an Advisor for a @GoogleOrg initiative and was appointed as an advisor on the Japanese Prime Minister’s Council for Designing a 100-year-life Society.

Robert Kirunda


Kirunda & Wasige Advocates

Robert Kirunda is a founding partner at Kirunda & Wasige Advocates, where he heads the firm’s corporate and commercial team. He also sits on various Boards of companies and advises many others in various sectors.

Robert’s work cuts across both the public and private sectors. He participates in the firm’s dispute resolution and thoroughly enjoys engaging in strategic thinking. Some of his past experience has included working briefly with the Africa team of the Legal Vice Presidency at the World Bank, Washington DC. Robert also teaches at the Makerere University Law School, specializing in Commercial disciplines.

Sacha Leeman

Coordinator International network, tax lawyer

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Sacha Leeman was trained as a tax lawyer and is now responsible for the international relations of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

Since joining De Brauw in 2004 Sacha has advised numerous multinationals on their domestic and international tax restructurings and equity incentive schemes.

Harry Matovu QC

Harry Matovu QC has a wide-ranging commercial practice, including civil fraud, banking and finance, insurance law, energy disputes and public international law. He has been instructed in several very highprofile cases, including litigation arising out of an attempted coup

against the Government of Equatorial Guinea, which was listed by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases for 3 consecutive years.

In addition to his substantial UK practice, Harry is presently instructed in a major international energy dispute before the Courts of Tanzania, which is the largest and most high-profile civil dispute heard by those courts; and also in a very high-profile tax dispute before the same courts.

Harry is regularly instructed in major international and domestic commercial arbitrations, and he accepts appointments as an arbitrator and tribunal chairman under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, Bermuda Form and ARIAS Rules, as well as ad hoc appointments. He has lectured widely on international arbitration, and in particular disputes relating to Africa.

Danielle Moukouri

Managing Partner

D. Moukouri & Partners

Danielle Moukouri Djengue is the Managing Partner of D. Moukouri & Partners, a law firm based in Cameroon, Central Africa.

She combines this position in the firm with her corporate law practice. She has acted as leading counsel in a wide range of corporate and commercial briefs. She represents clients in OHADA-related litigation within Africa and in International Arbitration proceedings.

In 2013, for the 20th Anniversary of the Organisation for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA), she launched the «OHADA Professionals’ Days », a conference for OHADA professionals. This yearly event is accredited by the Permanent Secretariat of OHADA and attracts law firms’ and companies’ delegates from all over the 17 member States. She was admitted to practice in Nigeria and in Cameroon and teaches Introduction to English Law at the University of Abomey-Calavi in the Benin Republic.

Rosa Nduati-Mutero

Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K)

Rosa is a Partner in A&K’s Corporate Department. She advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and corporate governance. Rosa also specializes in employment law.

Rosa is a frequent speaker at legal and business conferences including the 2017 Nigeria Bar Association Annual Conference in Lagos, Nigeria and the Employment Law Alliance Annual Conference in Shanghai, China. Leading worldwide legal directories and Chambers Global have consistently recognized Rosa as a leading lawyer praising her for her “knowledge and efficiency.”  Rosa was also rated as one of the region’s “top 40 under 40 women” by Kenya’s leading business newspaper – Business Daily.” She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a practicing public secretary and qualified to be a certified public accountant.

Gaimin Nonyane 

Head, Economic Research


Gaimin Nonyane is Head of Economic Research at the pan-African bank, Ecobank Group, based in London, and focusses on macroeconomic dynamics in Africa, fixed income and currencies.

She joined the bank in November 2012, and helped to launch its first ever Country Profiles, designed to given investors an insight into the operating environment in Middle Africa.

Prior to that, she headed the sub-Saharan Africa desk on macroeconomic and political research at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) UK Limited. She also worked as an Economic Consultant for a number of World-Bank funded projects in Lesotho, Southern Africa. She was also one of 21 Research Fellows under the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellowship scheme, designed to place young career economists at mid-management level in developing countries. Gaimin has a MSc in International Economics and Policy from the University of Surrey and a BA (Hons) in Economic Studies with Law.

Iqbal Rajahbalee

Managing Partner

BLC Chambers

Iqbal Rajahbalee is the managing partner of BLC Chambers.  Senior Counsel, with over 25 years of practice in Business Law, Banking & Finance, he pioneered the Mauritius offshore industry and has gained solid accolades from offshore clients who remark: ‘he knows this business outstandingly well’. Iqbal has had an exceptional exposure to both public and private sides of the business environment.

He was appointed as the first Executive Director of the first Mauritius offshore regulatory authority and subsequently the first Chief Executive of the Financial Services Commission. Iqbal also served as Assistant Solicitor General at the Attorney General‘s Office. He drafted numerous pieces of legislation, including the Trusts Act and the Securities Act. He has advised on the largest infrastructure project so far in Mauritius, on private equity funds investing in Africa and Asia, and on international taxation. He is Mauritius legal counsel to General Electric, Barclays Bank, BlackRock among others, and has appeared as counsel in high profile litigation and arbitration cases involving shareholders in joint ventures, and high net worth family businesses. Iqbal was called as expert witness on Mauritius law before foreign courts, including the UK and Singapore courts. To observers, Iqbal is a “sensible choice for large corporate transactions.”

Damilola Salawu

Senior Associate

Olaniwun Ajayi

Dami is a Senior Associate with the Oil and Gas group of Olaniwun Ajayi. He also heads the Firm’s group focusing on Technology, Innovation and Fintech. He recently received the Managing Partner's Prize for the Best Performing Counsel in the Firm for two consecutive years. Dami advises on a wide range of debt and project finance transactions across sectors. He routinely advises on financing and development of oil and gas projects including pipelines, refineries, processing plants, petroleum assets and jetties.

As head of the Technology, Innovation and Fintech group, Dami advises Nigerian based fintech companies as well as tech enabled businesses on all aspects of their operations. He is particularly familiar with assisting these businesses procure regulatory approvals and permits in a challenging regulatory landscape. In this role, he also advises incubators and accelerators on varying matters related to their businesses.

Dami is presently a Visiting Lawyer at Slaughter and May.

Paras Shah

Partner – Head of M&A and Projects

Bowmans Kenya

With over 19 years of experience, Paras heads Bowmans Kenya’s Mergers & Acquisition and Projects practice.  He represents private equity funds, public and private companies and large family offices in connection with structuring and negotiating complex domestic and international business transactions, including M&As; private equity transactions and structure financing.

This year, Paras has received top citations from legal directories Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500 where clients commend him for his "great workable solutions" and “ability to think outside the box to make sure you get the transaction finalised.” Through his leadership, the firm was recognized by the India Business law Journal as a Top Firm in Kenya for India-Related Work in 2016 and 2017, demonstrating why he is chosen to act on some of the most important transactions in the private and public sectors in Kenya.

Aly El Shalakany

Senior Partner

Shalakany Law Office

Aly El Shalakany is a practicing lawyer in Egypt as well as a qualified solicitor of England and Wales. He joined Shalakany Law Office from Linklaters LLP in London, whom he joined at the start of his legal career as a trainee solicitor.

Aly has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by the top ranking firms over the past decade as a result of working on a range of “pathfinder” transactions within the Egyptian jurisdiction.

Aly specializes in finance, projects, and mergers and acquisitions work with a particular industry focus on the energy & infrastructure sectors.

Anthony Smith

‎Counsel Emerging Markets & Projects


The focus of Anthony’s role is managing risk in Diageo’s emerging markets, principally Africa, with a mix of M&A, litigation, new markets, fraud, compliance and getting the best out of our local lawyers.

He also leads advice to the Corporate Relations function – principally in the area of Alcohol and Health.

Having been a corporate lawyer in private practice, he has been fortunate to undertake a variety of UK and emerging market roles in the last seven years at Diageo.

Outside work, Anthony is a father of two young boys who are approaching three and five years old and a keen golfer and skier.

Arthur Ssempebwa


Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates (KATS)

Arthur Ssempebwa is an Associate Partner at the firm in the Commercial and Corporate and Litigation departments.

He has over 15 years' experience in legal practice and is the Firm's pointman in the Banking and Finance Legal Department. His practice encompasses the areas of Banking & Finance, Commercial lending, Loan Facility documentation/reviews, Banking Litigation, Corporate Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Recoveries and Negotiable Instrument Law.

Arthur's clientele include Commercial Banks, Development banks, Financial and Credit institutions, Real Estate Management Companies and Industry Regulators.

ln the 2014 Chamber's and Partner's Global Guide Edition, Arthur was recognized for his work; 'Up-and-coming Partner Arthur Ssempebwa's workload covers banking, real estate and insolvency law'. In the 2013 Edition, it was stated that "Arthur Ssempebwa is a new entry this year, having received recognition for his hard work and the practical nature of his advice."

Karine Sultan


Bredin Prat

Karine Sultan, Partner, is a member of the Financing team. She specialises in banking and capital markets, with a particular focus on acquisition finance, debt restructurings and real estate financing.

Prior to joining Bredin Prat in 2007, she was with Watson, Farley & Williams and Orrick, Herrington & Suttcliffe.

She was born in Gabon and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Lille II (Licence in Private Law, 1996), the Institut Supérieur de Commerce de Paris (1996) and the University of Paris V Descartes (DESS in international Business Law, 1997).

Geoff White

Investigative Journalist covering Technology

Investigative journalist Geoff White’s exclusives have covered everything from fraud in the internet dating industry to the shadowy world of Russian cybercrime gangs.

He works mainly for Channel 4 News and the BBC, with a focus on tech security, personal data, privacy and e-crime.

His reports aim to create real-world change, and have been followed by arrests, regulatory investigations and legislative action.

He is also the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which shows how the global technology industry is harvesting the data leaking from your handset.


Glenn Wilkinson

Ethical Hacker

As a seasoned ethical hacker, Glenn has spent many years being commissioned by organisations to try and hack into their IT systems to see if they are properly cyber secure.

Glenn has been working with Geoff White for a number of years now on the Secret Life stage performance and is involved with a number of cyber security start-ups.

Slaughter and May speakers’ biographies


Andrew Balfour


Andrew Balfour

Chairman of the Africa Practice Group

Slaughter and May

Andrew is Chairman of our Africa Practice Group and is involved in the development of the firm’s Africa strategy. He works closely with our partners and acts as an ambassador for the firm, promoting our practice throughout the continent.

Prior to his retirement as a partner in 2011, Andrew was Head of our Financing practice and a member of the Partnership Board. His practice, in over 30 years with the firm, covered a wide range of corporate and financing work.

During his legal career, Andrew worked on several transactions in Africa, including acting for the arrangers of international capital markets issues and acting for borrowers and lenders on loan transactions.

Since retiring as a partner, Andrew has become a Trustee of Lawyers for Justice in Libya, which promotes human rights in Libya.

Nigel Boardman


Nigel Boardman


Slaughter and May

Nigel’s broad practice includes domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, demergers, private acquisitions and disposals, private equity, public takeovers, issues of compliance and corporate governance, investigations and insolvency, restructurings, investigations and sports law.

Nigel has many experiences of working in Africa, and has received a number of accolades including:

  • the Financial Times’ Special Achievement Award;
  • Chambers Directories Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Lawyer of the Decade Award from Financial News;
  • included in Debrett’s ‘Who’s Who’; and
  • ranked as a ‘star performer’ for Corporate and M&A work by Chambers in its UK, Europe and Global directories.

Nigel is a consulting editor of the Oxford University Press’, ‘Annotated Companies Acts’ and is on the Editorial Board of the ‘Journal for Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice’.

David Enders


David Enders

Slaughter and May

Information Security Officer

A career spanning 3 decades in IT and specifically IT Security. CiSSP & ISO27001 qualified with extensive knowledge and proven track record in all aspects of Cyber Security, Information Security, Data Protection, Business Risk & Compliance, including: Information & cyber security strategy and governance, GDPR, Information security architecture, Security Operations Centre management, penetration testing and ethical hacking, cyber security systems research and development, client audits, training and supporting fee-earners in all aspects of information and cyber security. Has spent a large part of his career working with magic circle law firms in London in a variety of technical, management and consultancy positions.

Sarah de Gay


Sarah de Gay

General Counsel and Head of Compliance

Slaughter and May

After practising as a Corporate/M&A lawyer, Sarah established the Compliance department at Slaughter and May in 2008 and was appointed as the firm’s first General Counsel in 2015. She is also the firm’s COLP (Compliance Officer for Legal Practice) and a member of its Risk Committee. As such, she has particular responsibility for the full breadth of regulatory issues which affect the firm and plays a key role in risk management more generally.

Sarah has had a significant influence on the modernisation of the regulation of the solicitors’ profession. She was a founder member of the City of London Law Society’s Professional Rules and Regulation Committee (which she chaired until 2016). She was also a member of the SRA’s Standards Committee from its formation until 2012, during which time the SRA wrote its first Handbook and introduced outcomes-focussed regulation. She is on the Editorial Committee of Cordery on Legal Services, the leading authority on the professional conduct, obligations and liability of solicitors.

Sarah was given the Chief Compliance Officer of the Year award at the Women in Compliance Awards in 2015.

Ben Kingsley


Ben Kingsley


Slaughter and May

Ben advises both financial institutions and non-regulated firms on the UK and EU financial regulatory aspects of a broad range of matters and projects including new capital issuances, joint ventures, securities laws, complex funding structures and group reorganisations and corporate restructurings.

Ben co-heads our FinTech practice, and in that role advises a broad range of established financial institution, technology, media and telco groups, challenger organisations, and FinTech start-ups, including through the firm’s Fintech Fast Forward legal incubation programme. Ben is a contributing editor of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Fintech 2017. 

As a member of the firm’s Global Investigations group, Ben has also advised a range of financial sector firms on the conduct of internal regulatory investigations and in relation to the management of regulator-led enquiries and investigations.

Caroline Phillips


Caroline Phillips


Slaughter and May

Caroline is a key member of our Africa practice group and advises on a wide range of financing matters, including loans, debt capital markets, securitisation, derivatives and non-bank lending. 

Highlights include advising:

  • Vitol on the financing arrangements in connection with its disposal of off-shore oil and gas interests in Nigeria, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville to New Age (African Global Energy) Limited
  • A number of clients on reserved based lending facilities, including INEOS’ RBL in connection with its recent acquisition of the entire entire Oil & Gas Business of DONG Energy A/S
  • Large corporates and financial institutions such as Aviva, Barratt and BHP Billiton on their financing and general treasury needs

Caroline is listed as “Highly Regarded” in IFLR 1000, 2018.

Jemma Ralph


Jemma Ralph

Privacy Lawyer

Slaughter and May

Jemma is the in-house Privacy Lawyer at Slaughter and May. She has responsibility for developing and managing the firm’s Privacy Program helping the firm to comply with its data protection obligations and to meet individual’s proper expectations. Additionally, Jemma is leading the firm’s internal team implementing its General Data Protection Regulation Project and sits on a Law Society Working Group to formulate GDPR advice and guidance for the profession.   

Jemma trained with Linklaters before joining the Law Society as the Senior Relationship Ambassador with responsibility for managing the relationship between the Society and the Top 100 firms. During her time with the Society Jemma led on a number of key initiatives including the reform of the legal regulatory environment. She is married with a daughter and spends her free time happily playing golf.

Andy Ryde


Andy Ryde


Slaughter and May

Andy is Head of our corporate practice. He is active in all fields of corporate and commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers and mergers, stock exchange matters, private equity deals and equity capital markets transactions. Andy was named Client Partner of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2015 and was one of five lawyers shortlisted by Financial News for its Partner of the Year Award 2016.

His clients include FTSE 100 companies, other listed companies and multinationals.

Andy is named as a leading individual for 'Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability' in both Chambers UK, 2017 and Chambers Europe, 2016; and for Corporate/M&A in Chambers Global, 2016.

He is the author of a chapter on share dealings in the 'Practitioner’s Guide on Takeovers and Mergers'. Andy is also the author of a chapter on UK Corporate Governance in 'The Corporate Governance Review'.

Paul Stacey


Paul Stacey

Executive Partner

Slaughter and May

Paul is our Executive Partner, responsible for our overall management strategy, including people, compliance and finance. He works closely with the firm's Senior Partner and Practice Partner.

Paul's practice covers general corporate loans, projects and structured financing of various types, with an emphasis on energy projects in the UK and abroad including, most recently, new nuclear and offshore wind farm assignments.

He is named as a leading individual in the Energy & Natural Resources: Power section of Chambers UK, 2017 and Chambers Global, 2016. He was formerly head of the firm’s Financing practice.

Damian Taylor


Damian Taylor


Slaughter and May

Damian advises on a range of litigation, international arbitration and investigations for a diverse range of clients, covering sovereign governments, football clubs, manufactures, banks and other financial services institutions. He has a particular interest in energy and fraud disputes as part of his very wide ranging practice.

Damian sits on the firm’s Africa Practice Group and helps develop the firm’s practice in Africa, as well as acting for African clients and clients investing in Africa. He has recently launched the Africa Essay Prize, which is a competition essay on African topics for students. Damian is the editor of The Dispute Resolution Review, a multi-jurisdiction guide to disputes across the Globe. He is also the co-author of a textbook on Contract Law published by Oxford University Press.

Jeff Twentyman


Jeff Twentyman


Slaughter and May

Jeff undertakes a broad range of corporate and commercial work for both corporate and private equity clients, advising on acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, mergers and public takeovers, flotations and equity capital markets and private equity investment. He is Head of our Private Equity group.

He is listed as a leading individual for 'Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability' and for 'Private Equity: Buyouts' in Chambers UK, 2017; for 'Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability' in Chambers Europe, 2016; and for Corporate/M&A in Chambers Global, 2016. He is also listed for 'Private equity: transactions' in The Legal 500, 2016.

Holly Ware


Holly Ware

Senior associate

Slaughter and May

Holly is a senior associate in the firm’s dispute resolution team.  Holly has a broad practice which includes commercial and competition litigation and arbitration. At present, Holly is advising on multi-billion pound claims in both arbitration proceedings and in the High Court.  In addition, Holly advises on financial regulation investigations and white collar crime, including market misconduct and bribery and corruption and which often involve a cross-jurisdictional aspect. Clients include corporates, financial institutions and public and governmental bodies.

Holly is a member of the Africa Practice Group and has experience of acting on matters involving both African clients and investments.

Sally Wokes


Sally Wokes


Slaughter and May

Sally advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions. Her practice mainly consists of acting for corporate clients on domestic and international transactions (including private acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers and joint ventures), equity raises and general advisory matters.

Highlights include advising:

  • SEGRO on their recent placing and rights issue to raise approximately £900m in aggregate;
  • GlaxoSmithKline on its major three-part inter-conditional transaction with Novartis (in particular, on its global consumer healthcare joint venture);
  • Songbird Estates on its takeover by Qatar Investment Authority and Brookfield Property Partners. The transaction valued Songbird Estates at approximately £2.6 billion;
  • Autonomy on its takeover by Hewlett Packard. The transaction valued Autonomy at approximately £7.09 billion;
  • INEOS on numerous transactions, including its acquisition from BG International of a 51% participating interest in an on-shore petroleum exploration and development licence (PEDL 133); and
  • Cineworld in connection with its combination with the cinema operations of Cinema City for cash and shares. The transaction valued the cinema operations of Cinema City at approximately £503 million.