With +20 years of experience, I focus on:
domestic, international (particularly transatlantic) & cross border buy & sell side mergers & acquisitions (M&A) & disposals of shares, assets & businesses involving strategic, financial and other buyers
legal due diligence, including vendor DD & vendor assistance, coordinating specialists across disciplines & territories
fundraises from late seed/EIS/VCT, Series A, B, C & beyond to exit, including convertible loan notes, options, warrants & secondary sell downs
joint ventures & complex shareholders' governance, including in a fundraising, family, disputes, real estate, market entry or succession context
investments, including private equity, growth equity, venture capital & strategic partnerships
management advisory & incentivisation plans, including growth shares
equity capital markets transactions particularly on AIM, including initial public offerings (IPOs), private placements, rights issues and other secondary offerings
carve outs, structuring & reorganisations, including returns of capital, share exchanges, business transfers, demergers & corporate simplification
I have worked:
in large and mid market international law firms;
in-house as GC & Head of M&A leading a multi-disciplinary team for a PE-backed global FinTech software vendor; and
at a “Big 4” practice leading the UK Legal Deals and Private Business team.
I advise a range of clients particularly entrepreneurial founders, investors, corporate groups & owner-managed businesses often internationalising or growing at pace, particularly where innovative or technology are involved, with a focus on maximising value & managing risk.
I regularly project manage complex deals as transaction counsel even when there is no nexus to the UK; I've worked around the globe with an appreciation of local sensitivities.
I pride myself on providing timely, cost effective, concise, pragmatic & robust advice in a commercial context that is of direct practical value delivered in a personable and dependable manner.
What others say…
Thomas Colmer is particularly noted for his substantial experience in software, life sciences and fintech mandates.
Thomas Colmer is outstanding at bringing his extensive deal experience to bear on difficult negotiations.
Thomas is patient and eloquent, technically very sound, and has a very practical commercial approach. A pleasure to work with.
Excellent legal competence and coordination with other departments.
Thomas Colmer is commercial, wholly reliable, and extremely responsive.
Strong knowledge, great experience, engaged and interested.
Personal interest in success, keen understanding of our business priorities.
Thomas Colmer gives very practical advice - he's transparent, responsive and has great attention to detail.