Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan

Partner, London

Email tom.whelan@​

Phone +44 20 7296 5051

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, Italian

Practice groupCorporate

Tom Whelan is a 'really excellent practitioner', picked out by sources for his 'proactive, hard-working' approach

Chambers UK 2015

Our Global Head of Private Equity, Tom Whelan, knows all about the private equity life cycle. He works with private equity houses, multi strategy funds, management and corporates helping them deploy capital across the world. He works on cases from initial buyouts (including secondary buy outs, take privates and co-investments), M&A, bolt on, restructurings and refinancings through to exits. Clients can rest assured that Tom is always on hand to help. Once the deal is done, he is there to advise on portfolio company work and management incentive plans. He executes transactions in regulated sectors such as healthcare, media and telecoms, financial services, water and the energy sectors are our key focus.

He also handles many transactions in non-regulated sectors like real estate, hotels and leisure, food, consumer and retail, industrial and automotive.Private equity sponsors that Tom has represented include: Pamplona, Rothschild, Morgan Stanley Private Equity, Nordic Capital, Vitruvian, Ares Capital Management, Navis Capital, KSL Capital, AnaCap and Exponent as well as Blackstone and Permira.

Awards and recognitions


Chambers, Private Equity


Private Equity
Legal 500


IFLR 1000

Education and admissions


BA (Hons)


Law Society of England & Wales

Representative experience

Pamplona Capital on various £500m+ acquisitions in the UK/Europe.

Senior Management on the €2.6bn sale of Permira of Birds Eye Iglo to Nomad Holdings Limited and new MIP arrangements.

Caird Capital and Management of TM Lewin Group on their exit and management's reinvestment and MIP.

Navis Capital on a number of UK acquisitions and disposals

NM Rothschild & Sons Limited on the £117m sale of Five Arrows Leasing Group Limited to Paragon Bank plc.

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments) on a number of European buyouts.

Ares Capital and Management on the acquisition and subsequent refinancing and sale of ESG Holdings Limited and MIP.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on its £626m acquisition of Inexus Group Limited from Challenger Infrastructure Fund.

Advised Shareholders of Bond Aviation Group Limited on the €300m sale of Bond Aviation Group to KKR/ Investindustrial

Advised Laxey Partners Ltd/Douglas Bay Capital plc on the £200+m disposal of TDG Group to Norbert Dentressangle

Advised GI Partners on the €200m acquisition of a Dutch residential mortgage portfolio from Citigroup

Management on sale of Achilles Group to Hg Capital and Management's reinvestment and MIP

Worked on the opco/propco split of Myriad Holdings Limited and sale of propco to a US REIT.

Keith Abel/management on the debt for equity restructuring of Abel & Cole Limited and new MIP arrangements.

The shareholders of Icelandic Holding Company Exista hf on its debt and equity restructuring

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