Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan


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, is very familiar with the private equity life cycle. He works with private equity sponsors, multi strategy funds and corporates helping them deploy capital across the world.

His work encompasses buyouts (including secondary buy outs, take privates and co-investments), general M&A, bolt ons, restructurings and refinancings through to exits. Following any investment, he can advise you on your portfolio company work and updated management incentive plans.  Tom's primary consideration is to ensure that a top quality legal service is being delivered to clients. 

Tom regularly executes transactions in regulated sectors such as health care, media and telecoms, financial services, water and the energy sectors as well as handling 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, Partners Group, Trilantic, Fortress, Rothschild, Nordic Capital, Vitruvian, Ares Capital Management, Navis Capital, KSL Capital, IDI and Permira.  

Awards and recognitions

2016 - 2019

Acritas Star Lawyer

2015 - 2018

Chambers, Private Equity


Private Equity
Legal 500


IFLR 1000

Education and admissions


B.A. (Hons)


Law Society of England & Wales


Invest Europe

Representative experience

Advised Trilantic on its buyout of James Grant Group

Advised IDI on its buyout of Mangar Health

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

Advised Interval Leisure Group on a disposal

Advised Swissport on a substantial acquisition

Advised Fortress on a substantial proposed UK investment

Advising the senior executive management team of Vocalink on its sale to MasterCard for approximately £700m

Advised 21 Investimenti on its joint venture with Aberdeen Standard Investments

Advised General Atlantic in relation to its investment in Joe and the Juice

Advised a large corporate on a proposed major acquisition of a substantial global logistics company from a PE sponsor

Advised Altran Technologies on the acquisition of a cyber security business

Advised Vitruvian on a proposed acquisition of a financial services company

Advising Navis Capital on a number of UK acquisitions and disposals

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

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

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

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

Advising senior management on the €3.2bn Allegro transaction

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

Advised a Family Office on its £30m investment into a healthcare tech business

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