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Tom Ferns

Tom Ferns



  • Capital Markets and Securities
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • International

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Tom Ferns is a partner and head of the Corporate Practice Group in the London office of Haynes and Boone. Tom's clients include public and private companies, corporate finance houses, financial advisers, sponsors, nominated advisers, brokers, owner managers and entrepreneurs.

His practices includes advising on: mergers and acquisitions (buy side and sell side); pre-IPO fundraising (acting for both companies and brokers); Initial Public Offerings (Main Market and AIM); public company fundraisings (including accelerated book builds and cash box placings), open offers and rights issues; public company takeovers (contractual offers and schemes of arrangement); cash confirmations and whitewashes under the Takeover Code; private equity, venture capital and debt backed management buy outs and buy ins; investments (acting for both companies and investors); joint venture and shareholder structures and arrangements; LLP, LP and partnership structures and arrangements; and corporate governance including the Takeover Code, the Prospectus Rules, the AIM Rules, and general company law.

Tom has been featured in Chambers UK 2019, Chambers & Partners, as a Recognised Practitioner in the Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market practice area.

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, 1995


LL.B. (Hons.), King's College London, 1991
Law Society Finals, The College of Law, 1993
Areas of Practice

Capital Markets and Securities | Corporate | Corporate Governance | International | Joint Ventures | Mergers and Acquisitions | Private Equity | Venture Capital and Emerging Company

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

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.

COVID-19: Impact on Your M&A Deals Under English Law
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

Having begun as a fairly localized issue in the centre of China, the COVID-19 outbreak has spread rapidly across borders, significantly impacting the global economy and causing havoc in financial markets. The impact has been across all sectors, from transport and tourism to manufacturing, technology, energy, retail and beyond...

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