Meet our speakers

External Speakers

Tameru Wondm Agegnehu

Mr. Tameru Wondm Agegnehu is amongst the most experienced lawyers in Ethiopia. Beside his contribution of many articles on legal topics such as labour law, arbitration, parole, product liability and cassation, Tameru has also served in the Ethiopian judiciary - as a Judge of the High Court (1973-1976), Vice President of the High Court of Ethiopia (1977-1982), President of the Specialised Court (1983-1988), Vice President of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia (1988-1991) - and he has been a practicing lawyer since 1991.

In 2002, Tameru was amongst the pioneer instructors who started post graduate programmes in the Addis Ababa University School of Law. He completed his bachelor in law in 1972 at Addis Ababa University. After serving for many years as a judge, he travelled to England in 1981 to continue his masters education at the University of Manchester.

Tameru was also among the senior arbitrators who negotiated the release of political prisoners in Ethiopia in 2008. He was awarded a diploma for distinguished lifetime achievement in legal service in 2017.

Audrey Alévina

Audrey Alévina is a legal and structure finance adviser based in Gabon with principal areas of focus including project finance, corporate finance and assisting foreign investors and credit institutions on domestic and cross border transactions.

From a finance background, she gained over eight years of experience through diverse projects within the Libreville and Paris office of Ernst & Young first and the Amsterdam and Dubai offices of PriceWaterhouseCooper, before opening her independent consultant firm in 2013 Alévina & Partners. 

With Alévina & Partners, she specialises in negotiation of major infrastructure projects, particularly in PPP concession agreements (port, rail, road, energy power plant/hydro) and assistance of her clients to liaise with governments, private companies and financial institutions.

Since 2018 Alévina & Partners is the legal advisor of the Gabon sovereign Wealth Fund and consequently act on all the infrastructure strategic deals of Gabon Republic. 

She holds two masters in business and corporate law as well as a Master of science in international business law and management from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Sociales (ESSEC).

Ace Ankomah

Ace Anan Ankomah is the Managing Partner and Head of the Disputes Department of Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah in Ghana. He is in his 27th year of legal practice. He is a member of ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators and a fellow of both the Aspen Global Leadership Network and African Leadership Initiative. Ace serves on the Board of Directors of Lex Mundi, the Governing Board of the Ghana Law Reform Commission and the Advisory Board of the Ghana Parliamentary Service. He has served on the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and has taught Company Law, Taxation Law and Civil Procedure at the University of Ghana and Ghana School of Law. His writings feature in refereed publications such as the University of Ghana Law Journal, Review of Ghana Law and the Mauritius International Arbitration Conference.

Karim Anjarwalla

Karim Anjarwalla is the Managing Partner of ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), which is generally considered the leading corporate law firm in Kenya and is the largest full-service corporate law firm in East Africa. Karim is one of the country’s leading Corporate M&A practitioners and is also recognised for his Africa-wide cross-border work. He has a wide array of experience advising domestic, regional and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments and capital markets transactions, and is consistently involved in some of the most prominent transactions in the region.

Karim is the founder of ALN (formerly, the “Africa Legal Network”), an alliance of leading corporate law firms currently in 15 key African jurisdictions.

Karim is regularly invited as an expert at various international legal and business forums. He is ranked as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500.

Bukola Bankole

Bukola is a Partner at TNP and leads its Private Equity Team, amongst other roles in Corporate Finance & Capital Markets. She advises a variety of clients on financing & investment deals cutting across various industries in multiple jurisdictions. Her wealth of experience in several aspects of commercial transactions give her clients the assurance that she is a revenue enabler looking to consistently add value to their enterprise.

Bukola advises a range of financial institutions and investment firms including private equity fund managers and banks; she also advises large and medium sized private and publicly quoted companies, family offices and individuals.

She has been part of TNP’s team regularly advising the foremost indigenous e-commerce and finTech companies in Nigeria on various aspects of their businesses.


Jeffrey is a practising attorney with over 29 years corporate commercial experience and is a leading banking and finance legal advisor in Botswana. Jeffrey has been recommended as a preferred lawyer for Mergers and Acquisitions by Which Lawyer. He is further recognised as a highly regarded lawyer in IFLR-2019 in both banking and finance and in insolvency and restructuring and is listed in Chambers 2019 as a Notable Practitioner in Band One. Jeffrey is admitted in Botswana, Ontario and England and Wales.

Zeno Capucci

Zeno is the Interim Head of Legal at WorldRemit (digital money transfers), which he joined in 2018 as Senior Legal Counsel. At WorldRemit, Zeno fosters the fast-paced international growth of the company and advises the business on a diverse array of legal matters. This ranges from product roll-out to expansion into new markets (including many African ones), contract negotiations, financial regulations, corporate matters and more. Before WorldRemit, Zeno trained and qualified at Linklaters, before spending four years as in-house legal counsel at Worldpay (one of the largest global FinTech companies). Zeno is also a trustee/director of the Tower Hamlets Law Centre, a charity which provides free legal advice (immigration, housing, welfare benefits, employment) to those in need.

Charles Douglas

Charles Douglas is the Co-Head of M&A at Bowmans, specialising in M&A and ECM work. His M&A experience includes both public and private transactional work, and, from a capital markets perspective, primary and secondary offerings as well as more general listings work. Specialist interest areas include social impact investment and social entrepreneurship, broad-based black economic empowerment, and the corporate aspects of South Africa’s renewable energy program. In addition to South African work, Charles regularly works on transactions on the rest of the continent and has experience working in various other African jurisdictions, including Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He also has 18 months’ work experience in Sydney, Australia and admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Charles has been recognised as a leading lawyer in his field by Chambers and Partners, IFLR 1000, Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500.

Kenroy Dowers

Kenroy Dowers is the Interim CFO and Group Managing Director for Strategy and Investments at Atlas Mara and has over 15 years of experience investing in financial institutions in emerging markets. In addition to his responsibilities for finance and accounting at the firm, he also oversees all strategic investments, fund raising, M&A and strategic partnerships for Atlas Mara Group and its subsidiary banks. Most recently he led the $200m strategic fund raising for Atlas Mara that led to the strategic partnership with Fairfax Africa. He joined Atlas Mara in March 2014 as Group Head of Corporate Development and subsequently took over the role of Group Head of Corporate Development and M&A. Prior to joining Atlas Mara, Kenroy was the Global Head for FIG for the IFC. In this capacity he managed a portfolio of investments in financial institutions of over USD10 billion and led investments in IFC's emerging markets portfolio in banking, capital markets, insurance, and special situations. He has led and completed transactions in LATAM, EMEA, sub Saharan Africa and Asia.

Arshad Dudhia

Arshad Dudhia is the Managing Partner of Musa Dudhia & Co, the ALN firm in Zambia. Arshad is ranked in Band One for Business Law and also for Dispute Resolution in Zambia. He is renowned for his expertise in doing “first in country” transactions and “bet the company” work for Zambia’s domestic champions. He represents private and listed companies, investment and retail banks, financial institutions, private equity players and international development finance institutions. He holds a First Class Law degree from King’s College, London University and is an active member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK.

John Ffooks

Safia Fassi-Fihri specialises in mergers and acquisitions (listed and nonlisted companies, investment funds, etc.), joint-ventures, capital markets transactions and also in financing. 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 holds a master in business law from the University of Paris II – Assas and is graduated from ESSEC Business School.

Safia is fluent in Arabic, French and English.

John Ffooks

John is founding and Senior Partner of John W Ffooks & Co, a law firm headquartered in Antananarivo, Madagascar, focussing on inbound investment into Francophone Africa.

John has advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions and projects in the region in the last 15 years. These include the $11bn project-financed Ambatovy nickel-cobalt project in Madagascar; the US$2bn acquisition of Louis Dreyfus' agricultural business by private equity across eight jurisdictions; Shell's disposal of its downstream business in Guinea and Madagascar; and Swiss Re's acquisition of a reinsurance business in six jurisdictions.

The firm specialises in Natural Resources (mining and oil & gas); Telco/IT; and Banking & Finance (both transactional and regulatory). The firm has its main office in Antananarivo, Madagascar with regional hubs in Dakar, Senegal and Port Louis, Mauritius as well as qualified employees in every other jurisdiction making it the largest firm specialising purely in local law legal advice in Francophone Africa.

Rainbow Field

Rainbow Field is a Director and a member of the M&A and Projects team at Bowmans Kenya (Coulson Harney LLP).

She specialises in mining, energy and resources, mergers and acquisitions, employment, joint ventures and business formation. She also regularly advises not-for-profit companies. Her expertise has been acknowledged by leading international directories including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. She has been consistently named as one of IFLR1000’s Women Leaders.

Rainbow was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor by the Western Australian Supreme Court in 2006 and worked as a lawyer in Perth for two years. She holds a B.Com and an LLB degree from Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Professor Luis Franceschi

Prof Luis G. Franceschi, LLB, LL.M, LL.D is Founding Dean of Strathmore University Law School, which is today regarded as one of the most reputable and innovative law schools in Africa. As a thinker, educator and writer, he loves positive and disruptive innovation. He is currently engaged on the Courts of the Future initiative, where he has brought together academia, practitioners, governments and judicial officers to transform the way justice systems operate in Africa. He is the recipient of the 2018 Utumishi Bora National Award in Research & Writing, the 2016 Australian Award and Visiting Fellowship at Griffith Law School (Brisbane) and he has been appointed as Visiting Fellow of Mansfield College during his visit to Oxford.

His area of expertise focuses on the convergence between Constitutional law and Public International Law “the constitutional regulation of the foreign affairs power”. He is also a legal advisor to several national and international government agencies, commissions and programmes, including international and regional courts, the United Nations and the World Bank. He sits on several boards: Transparency International (Kenya), the International Justice Commission (The Hague), the African Prisons Project (London), the Africa Legal Network (ALN) Academy (Mauritius), the International Association of Law Schools (New York), among others.

William Kasozi

Before joining the Firm in July 2009, William amassed over 15 years diversified experience as Legal Advisor in the financial services sector characterised by top management positions in East Africa Development Bank, Stanbic Bank and the Bank of Uganda.

William's specialty at the Firm is project finance, corporate finance, syndicated lending, equity investments, regulatory compliance and debt collection. His clients include major financial institutions, investment funds, and leading corporations. He has advised on some of the largest and most notable financing, infrastructure, acquisitions, restructuring, merger and debt recovery transactions in Uganda. He is reputed by both Chambers & Partners and IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide for his expertise and his ability to handle complex financing mandates and transactions.

Mohamed Nabil Hazza

Mohamed is leading Sharkawy & Sarhan’s prolific power and energy practice and regularly regarded in directories of law firms. Mohamed was also selected by IFLR1000 as a leading/highly regarded lawyer in 2018.

Mohamed has in-depth focus on Power & Renewables and Infrastructure sectors advising clients on all regulatory aspects relating to power and water projects. In particular, he advised IFC, EBRD, Proparco and a number of other international financial institutions on financing 30 solar power projects, which has won several global renowned awards. He is also a market pioneer in the distributed power generation market and water projects. Mohamed also advised CGN on the acquisition of 1Malaysia Development Berhad involving the only three combined-cycle IPPs in the Egyptian market.

Mohamed has a number of studies and publication and is a regular speaker at expert conferences addressing these matters.

Jumoke Lambo

Jumoke Lambo is a Partner in the law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie. Jumoke heads the Immigration and Business Establishment Advisory teams and co-heads the firm’s TMT, Aviation, Corporate Advisory and Employment teams. She also oversees Alsec Nominees Limited, the firm’s company secretarial practice. Her areas of specialisations include foreign investment, regulatory compliance, TMT, aviation, capital markets, employment law and corporate advisory particularly, mergers and acquisitions.

Admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1989, Jumoke obtained an LL.B degree from the University of Bristol in 1988.  She joined Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie as an Associate in 1989 and became a partner in 2000. With almost three decades’ of experience in telecommunications, employment and immigration law and general corporate practice with an emphasis on legislative drafting, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, corporate restructuring, regulatory compliance and due diligence, Jumoke has assisted several clients with establishing, restructuring and doing business in Nigeria. She was a member of the consortium of international experts retained by the Federal Government of Nigeria to exhaustively review Nigeria’s regulatory framework for its Telecommunications sector and draft the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.  She was seconded to Etisalat Nigeria (2009-2010), and Union Bank of Nigeria (2014-2017) to restructure their legal departments, introduce processes and structures to improve their efficiency.

Faridah Nakayiza

Faridah is currently a Principal petroleum/energy officer/Legal with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.

She has over 10 years experience in the energy sector with duties and responsibilities through the years including; Policy, legal and regulatory review and analysis, legal advisory, contract negotiation and drafting, dispute resolution, administrative review, regulation, monitoring, inspection and enforcement.

Faridah holds a Master’s Degree in Law (Energy and Natural Resources) from the University of Melbourne, Australia, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Law Degree from Makerere University.

Prior to her current position, she worked with the Ministry of Justice as a State Attorney for eight years.

Gbenga Oyebode

Gbenga Oyebode is the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode, (Barristers & Solicitors) one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt.

Gbenga was educated at the University of Ife (LL.B Honours), and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LL.M) graduating in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted June 1980) and an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of New York State (admitted November 1983). He was conferred Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), by the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (2016) and Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria (2017). He is the Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Gbenga is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (FCIArb) and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI). He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association (IBA). Gbenga is the past Chairman of the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Gbenga was conferred with one of Nigeria’s highest honours, the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in the year 2000. He was also conferred with the Belgian Royal Honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Leopold’ in 2007. He was conferred with an award for Lifetime Contribution to Law at the Law Digest Africa Awards 2015.

Ayotunde Owoigbe

Ayotunde Owoigbe is a partner with Banwo & Ighodalo; a leading law firm in Nigeria. She joined the firm in 2001 and was admitted into partnership in 2010. Her core practice areas are banking, capital markets and M&A; with recent transactions including advising Access Bank on its merger with Diamond Bank which created Africa’s largest retail bank and advising MTN Nigeria on its listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Ayotunde is actively engaged in legal reform endeavours. She is the current Chair of the Capital Market Solicitors Association, a self-regulatory body of capital market lawyers in Nigeria and also serves on several committees set up by regulators and securities exchanges. She is a 2007 Associate of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (a leadership development not-for-profit affiliated with the Aspen Institute) and her firm's designated representative in connection with its membership of the Loan Market Association. She is the promoter of The EstherDavid Foundation, a not-for-profit focused on poverty alleviation amongst other initiatives.

Stephen Ramsay

Stephen is the General Counsel, Company Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Globeleq, a post he has held for four years. Globeleq is jointly owned by CDC and Norfund and its business is developing, building, operating and owning power plants across Africa. It owns and operates plants in South Africa, Tanzania, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya and is currently developing projects across Africa including Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique and Tunisia. Stephen has worked in-house in the power sector for nearly 20 years. Before that he spent 10 years in private practice including a spell at Slaughter and May.

Sharon Sakuwaha

Sharon heads the Corporate M&A and Banking & Finance teams at Corpus Legal Practitioners a corporate & commercial law firm in Zambia. She has over 15 years of experience advising on a wide range of transactions in private and public M&A, joint ventures, restructuring, equity and debt capital markets, across diverse industry sectors. She is highly regarded for her work and has been recognised as such by leading legal directories such as Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. She has spoken and written on various topics around corporate finance and M&A in Zambia. Outside of practice, Sharon spearheads the firm's business development efforts and is passionate about gender equality and mentoring younger African transactional lawyers, particularly women.

Geoff Sharp

Geoff Sharp is a commercial mediator specialising in cross border disputes around the world, particularly Asia Pacific and UK. He is a founding member of Singapore’s newest mediation chambers, Maxwell Mediators and is door tenant at Brick Court Chambers, London.

Geoff is Chambers UK ranked and for the last few years has been named APAC Insider’s ‘Best Commercial Mediator in the Asia Pacific’. Geoff mediates the full range of commercial matters, including oil & gas, infrastructure, JV disputes and country to country matters. Before becoming a full-time mediator 15 years ago, Geoff was a disputes partner at New Zealand commercial law firm, Bell Gully.

Geoff Sharp

A practicing lawyer in Egypt, Omar joined SHALAKANY in 2009. Omar is trilingual with both a bachelor and Master’s degrees from the Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne. Omar has been working on high profile complex transactions in the Egyptian jurisdiction. Omar specialises in Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets.

Amelia Slocombe

Amelia joined the LMA in October 2010, establishing the in-house legal team and working on the Association’s documentation projects, education and training events and regulatory and lobbying matters.

Amelia was also responsible for contributing to and editing the LMA's four most recent books: “The Loan Book”, "Developing Loan Markets", "The Real Estate Loan Book" and "20 Years in the Loan Market" (published in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively) and wrote the LMA’s Guide to Regulation.

Prior to joining the LMA, Amelia was a banking and finance solicitor at Pinsent Masons LLP, where she acted for numerous domestic and international corporate banks and a variety of UK and international borrowers, focussing on general syndicated finance, leveraged and investment grade acquisition finance and real estate finance. Amelia also spent time on secondment in the FI, NBFI and Insurance teams at Barclays, where she gained experience of cash management, structured finance products, and clearing and settlement systems.

Amelia is a regular speaker at both LMA and external training events, seminars and conferences, focusing on real estate finance, private placements and developing markets (specifically Africa).

Karine Sultan

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).

Slaughter and May Speakers

Nigel Boardman

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; and
  • Lawyer of the Decade Award from Financial News.

Nigel is a Vice President of Save the Children UK, a non-executive board member at BEIS and a Deputy Chairman of the British Museum.

Since 2019, Nigel has taken an additional ambassadorial role as Chair of the Firm's Africa Practice.

Andrew Balfour

Andrew was Chairman of Slaughter and May’s Africa Practice Group from 2014 until earlier this year. During this time he travelled frequently to all parts of Africa, meeting a wide range of law firms and developing the firm’s relationships across the continent.

Andrew joined Slaughter and May as a trainee in 1979 and became a partner in 1988. His practice covered corporate, commercial and financing matters, including working on major UK and overseas privatisations, public and private acquisitions, project financings and a wide range of loans and capital markets transactions. Andrew was head of the firm’s financing practice, and a member of the Partnership Board, from 2004 to his retirement from full time practice in 2011. 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 worked as a consultant on matters relating to law firm management. He is also active as a trustee of several UK charities (he was a trustee of the British Heart Foundation for six years), including as chair of Lawyers for Justice in Libya. This is a charity established by group of Libyan nationals (including a former Slaughter and May associate) which promotes human rights in Libya. Shortly after his retirement he assisted with fundraising for (and visited) an integrated HIV/TB programme run by the Red Cross in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Andrew is also a governor of a secondary school close to Slaughter and May’s offices in London where he is taking an active role in their £40 million building redevelopment project.

Robert Byk

Robert is a Financing and Corporate Partner at Slaughter and May and is a member of the Africa Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1998 and became a Partner in 2007. Robert advises on a wide range of banking, finance and corporate transactions and his clients include CEMEX, Premier Foods, Mothercare, Agility, Pirelli and ISS. Robert was also part of our teams advising HM Treasury on certain elements of the financial support provided to the banking industry and the Government on the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Robert was seconded to Milan for two years whilst an associate. He was also one of the two partners with overall responsibility for graduate recruitment for nine years and now heads up the pro bono activities of the firm and is a member of the Partnership board. Robert regularly speaks at Market Association conferences in Kenya.

Estelle Candau

Estelle is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Group. Estelle has a varied practice spanning joint ventures, equity capital markets, corporate governance and M&A, advising large corporates from different sectors.

Estelle is a member of Slaughter and May’s Africa Practice Group. She has been involved in the development of the Leadership Forum and in the organisation of the EXPLORE secondment programme.

She was also sent on secondment to the corporate team of MMAKS (Uganda) for six weeks in February-March 2019, during which she had the opportunity to present at the Africa Legal Tech Uganda conference.

Steven Galbraith

Steven has worked in the energy sector for nearly 30 years. He specialises in international transactions, and in that time has worked on energy related transactions in over 50 countries. He works across the value chain, and acts for sponsors, governments and state owned enterprises, banks, private equity and major trading houses. Steven lectures in projects and project financing at Kings College London, and is a member of the Financial Law Markets Law Review Panel in Kenya.

Highlights include:

  • Kosmos Energy on the Jubilee Project
  • the Oman LNG project
  • Qalhat LNG project
  • Egypt LNG project
  • Baobab offshore oil field development

Steven is listed as a leading individual in the 'Projects' section of Chambers UK, 2017.

Michelle Holford

Michelle is an experienced marketing and business development leader who has worked in professional services for over 15 years. Prior to joining Slaughter and May, Michelle was Head of Client Solutions at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she was responsible for the marketing of the firm’s services on a global basis. Before Freshfields she was a deal originator at corporate finance firm Livingstone Partners, responsible for generating new clients and opportunities for the firm through marketing and BD. She joined Slaughter and May in January 2018 and leads a team of BD and comms professionals who help grow, develop and support the firm’s client relationships.

Claire Jeffs

Claire has been involved in a large number of high profile merger cases before the UK and EU competition authorities, as well as coordinating merger approvals world-wide.

On the contentious side she has been involved in many cartel and other behavioural cases, including on appeal to the General Court in Luxembourg.

Highlights include advising:

  • Vodafone on the merger of its Dutch operations with those of Liberty Global
  • Ball on its acquisition of Rexam
  • Google in relation to the European Commission's ongoing antitrust investigation into allegations that certain of its business practices in the search and advertising sectors violate European competition rules

She has been named in Global Competition Review’s "40 under 40", The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list and Management Today’s "35 under 35" list of high flying young business women. Claire was recently awarded “Dealmaker of the Year” by Global Competition Review.

Claire is also listed as a leading individual for Competition Law in Chambers UK, 2017, Competition/European Law in the 2016 editions of Chambers Europe and Chambers Global, 'Competition - Foreign Experts' in Chambers Global, 2016 and is listed in the EU Competition section of IFLR 1000, 2017.

Ben Kingsley

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 Fast Forward entrepreneurs programme. Ben has been the contributing editor of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Fintech since it’s inception in 2017.

Ben also has considerable experience in advising on the UK and international anti-money laundering and financial sanctions regimes. He writes for the Thomson Reuters publication, 'A Practitioner's Guide to the UK Financial Services Rulebooks', co-authors the UK chapter of Getting the Deal Through’s 'Banking Regulation' publication, and writes a regular banking and investment services column for PLC Financial Services. Ben is listed as a leading individual in the 'Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory' section of Chambers UK and in the ‘Fintech’ section of the Legal 500 rankings.

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.

Kathrine Melone

Kathrine spent her first 10 years in practice advising on a variety of cross-border financing and M&A transactions, based mostly in the London and Singapore offices of Slaughter and May. Since 2004 she has advised primarily on technical issues affecting banking and finance transactions including legal and regulatory developments and market documentation. She has a particular focus on investment grade lending, advising the Association of Corporate Treasurers on documentation discussions with the Loan Market Association. Kathrine has published numerous articles on banking and related legal topics and is the author of the ACT Borrower’s Guide to LMA Loan Documentation for Investment Grade Borrowers.

Kathrine also co-ordinates Slaughter and May’s Brexit advisory practice and sits on the Firm’s Brexit Steering Committee.

Justina Omotayo 

Justina is a Business Development Manager in our International Relations team, responsible for implementing the firm’s strategy in Africa, Middle East, Central Eastern Europe and Southern Europe. She acts as a key point of contact for our relationships with the leading independent firms and business development activity in these jurisdictions.

Justina recently completed a masters in business innovation and entrepreneurship, she was awarded a distinction in her thesis - The Influence of AI on the Legal Services Sector. Justina is passionate about diversity & Inclusion and advocates to raise awareness on this subject. Having spent a number of years living in Africa, when Justina has time she loves to travel.

Natalie Osafo

Natalie is a senior associate and solicitor advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Group. Natalie has a broad practice spanning commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations, which often involve multiple jurisdictions. She acts for major corporates and financial institutions from a wide range of sectors.

Natalie is a member of Slaughter and May’s Africa Practice Group. She has been involved in the development and delivery of training and professional development sessions on the firm’s EXPLORE secondment programme for senior associates from African law firms since its launch in 2014.

Natalie is the President of the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association which represents over 1,200 junior civil and commercial litigators in London. She has written articles for legal press, given talks and appeared on panels on a variety of subjects including innovation and best practice for handling disputes at an early stage.

Caroline Phillips

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 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.

Richard Smith

Richard has a broad corporate and corporate finance practice with particular experience in public and private M&A, joint ventures and equity capital markets work. He has recently advised Marsh & McLennan on its takeover of Jardine Lloyd Thompson, the Walt Disney Company in relation to the takeover battle for Sky, Watches of Switzerland on its IPO, American Tower on its acquisition of 5000 telecommunications towers in Africa, Equinix on data centre acquisitions and disposals across EMEA. He also works with a range of European listed company clients including Atlas Mara, Aviva, Close Brothers, Countrywide, Greencore, Innogy, Land Securities, RWE, Stock Spirits and United Utilities on day-to-day corporate matters and M&A.

Richard Todd

Richard is a member of our infrastructure, energy and natural resources practice. He specialises in the project aspects (including concession arrangements, joint ventures, engineering, construction and operation and maintenance) of major international and domestic assets and transactions, with a particular focus on infrastructure and energy (traditional and renewables). He is a member of the steering committee for the energy and infrastructure stream at the firm and is also an active member of the firm’s commercial contracts and Africa advisory teams. Richard’s key clients include market-leading project sponsors and developers, pension funds, infrastructure and energy funds and governments.

Jeff Twentyman

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, Co-chair of the Brexit Working Group and involved in the firm’s responsible business activities.

He is listed as a leading individual for 'Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability' and for 'Private Equity: Buyouts' in Chambers UK, 2019; for 'Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability' in Chambers Europe, 2018; and for Corporate/M&A in Chambers Global, 2018. He is also listed for 'Private equity: transactions' in The Legal500, 2019 and recognised for Equity Capital Markets in The Legal500, 2019.

Jeff is Co-chair of United Kingdom Stakeholders for Sustainable Development and chairman of the Commonwealth Education Trust.

David Watkins

David’s principal areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions of both public and private companies, general corporate finance and corporate governance.

David was listed as one of the 10 outstanding and most forward-thinking lawyers from across Asia in the June 2016 FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 report, published by the Financial Times. In the 2017 edition his work advising Tenaga Nasional Berhad on its stake in GMR Energy was ranked Highly Commended in the Legal Expertise: Unlocking & Delivering Value (International) category. David is listed as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A: Hong Kong-based (international firms), China in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 and a highly regarded lawyer in the IFLR 1000 Asia-Pacific 2018 for M&A in Hong Kong. He is also listed in the elite Leading Lawyers section of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018's Guide to Outstanding Lawyers in the Asia Pacific for Corporate (including M&A). He is also listed in the 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition in Hong Kong.