Tom Ferns represents public and private companies, corporate finance houses, financial advisers, sponsors, nominated advisers, brokers, owner managers, and entrepreneurs in a variety of corporate matters.

Clients seek Tom’s advice on mergers and acquisitions (buy side and sell side, public and private); pre-IPO fundraisings, IPOs, and securities issues (acting for both issuers and brokers); private equity, venture capital, and debt-backed transactions; investments (acting for both companies and investors); joint venture and shareholder structures and arrangements; and corporate governance including advising on the Takeover Code, the Prospectus Regulation Rules, the Listing Rules, the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, the AIM Rules, and general corporate law.

Tom’s representations include:

  • Mergers and acquisitions: Acting for public and private companies on buy and build strategies in the UK and internationally; Tom also has significant experience advising stakeholders, owner managers, and entrepreneurs on the sale side
  • Capital markets and securities: Acting for a number of issuers, sponsors, nominated advisers, and brokers across various sectors, including fintech, technology, media, support services, hospitality, consumer, oil and gas, energy infrastructure, and real estate
  • Private equity: Acting for sellers, management teams, and PE houses. Tom has also developed a focus in advising management teams on PE-backed transactions
  • Investment and emerging markets: Representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, early-stage companies, and emerging growth companies in all aspects of their early business cycle, including entity formation, structuring, and funding strategies

Tom was featured in Chambers UK, 2019 (Chambers and Partners) as a Recognized Practitioner in corporate/M&A: mid-market.

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Selected Client Representations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Acted for public and private companies on buy and build strategies in the UK and internationally. He also a great deal of experience advising stakeholders, owner managers and entrepreneurs on the sale side.
  • Capital Market and Securities: Acted for a number of issuers, sponsors, nominated advisers and brokers across a number of different sectors including fintech, technology, media, support services, hospitality, consumer, oil and gas, energy infrastructure and real estate.
  • Private Equity: Acted for sellers, management teams and PE houses and has developed a focus in advising management teams on PE backed transactions.
  • Investment and Emerging Markets: Represented entrepreneurs, start-ups, early-stage companies, and emerging growth companies in all aspects of their early business cycle including entity formation, structuring and funding strategies.
Qualifications

Education

Law Society Finals, The College of Law, 1993

LL.B. (Hons.), Kings College London, 1991

Admissions

England and Wales

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