Huw Thomas

  • Partner
  • Ehuw.thomas@lw.com
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
  • T +44.20.7710.3007
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Profile

Huw Thomas is an M&A lawyer with more than a decade of experience advising on UK and international private equity and M&A transactions, joint ventures, and restructurings. He has previously spent time on secondment to BP and Deutsche Bank and regularly contributes to a number of leading industry publications including: Private Equity: A Transactional Analysis; Global Investment Funds: A Practical Guide to Structuring, Raising and Managing Funds; and Carve-out M&A Transactions: A Practical Guide.

Experience

Mr. Thomas’s experience includes advising:

  • The senior secured creditors committee in relation to the potential c. £740 million debt restructuring of Pizza Express, the UK and international casual dining group
  • The creditors committee in relation to the c.£200 million debt restructuring of FatFace, a UK-headquartered apparel retail business
  • The creditors committee in relation to the €625 million debt and equity restructuring of Deoleo S.A., a Spain-headquartered and global olive oil production and distribution business
  • The senior creditors committee in relation to the c. £620 million debt and equity restructuring of Doncasters Group, the UK-headquartered international manufacturer of high-precision alloy components
  • BC Partners on the acquisition of a majority interest in Synthon International Holding B.V., a global market leader in the development of complex generics
  • Hellman & Friedman on the disposal of further minority interests in the Verisure Securitas Direct group to GIC and Corporación Financiera Alba
  • Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone on their €5.7 billion takeover offer for Scout24 AG, a leading operator of digital marketplaces
  • Chevron on the disposal of its shares and related interests in Chevron South Africa and Chevron Botswana
  • Hellman & Friedman on the disposal of a minority interest in the Verisure Securitas Direct group to GIC
  • TA Associates on the acquisition of a minority interest in Interswitch, an Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company
  • Catterton Partners in connection with its combination with L Capital and L Real Estate, the private equity operations of LVMH and Groupe Arnault to form L Catterton, a new consumer-focused private equity firm
  • Hellman & Friedman on its acquisition of Bain Capital's entire interest in Verisure Securitas Direct group
  • Cision, a portfolio company of GTCR, on the disposal of its UK operations
  • Charterhouse on the acquisition of Mirion Technologies Inc. for US$750 million
  • Cision, a portfolio company of GTCR, on its acquisition of Gorkana Group
  • Scout24 on the sale of a minority interest in PropertyGuru.com, a leading Asian property portal, to a consortium comprising TPG, Emtek Group, and Square Peg Capital
  • Scout24 on the sale of FriendScout, a leading online dating site in Germany, Italy, and Spain to Match.com
  • Hellman & Friedman on the sale of Scout24 Switzerland to Ringier Digital
  • Hellman & Friedman on the acquisition of a majority interest in Scout24 from Deutsche Telekom in a €2 billion transaction 
  • Ma’aden on its acquisition of a 50% interest in the Jabal Sayid copper and gold project in Saudi Arabia from Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Carlyle on a majority investment in Discover Exploration Limited, an oil and gas exploration company 
  • Plains Exploration & Production Company (now Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas) on its acquisition of an interest in (and operatorship of) the Mazagan permit in Morocco 
  • Qatar Holding on its buyout of NYSE Euronext’s minority investment in Qatar Exchange 
  • Manchester United on its initial public offering of 16,666,667 Class A shares on the New York Stock Exchange
  • European investor on the sale of a €1 billion portfolio of investments in infrastructure investment funds 
  • Edmond de Rothschild Group on its historic joint venture with RIT Capital Partners plc, the London-listed investment trust chaired by Lord (Jacob) Rothschild 
  • Repsol Nuevas Energías on its acquisition of SeaEnergy Renewables and the establishment of a strategic joint venture with EDP Renovaveis for the development of UK offshore wind projects 
  • ABN AMRO on the disposal of its “Prime Funds Solutions” global fund administration and custody business to Credit Suisse 

Thought Leadership

  • Fund-to-Fund Transfers on the Rise as Deal Flow Slows -  December 09, 2019
  • Shareholder Liability a Cause for Concern for Private Equity Firms -  April 25, 2017

Mr. Thomas was named to Legal Week’s 40 Under 40: The Rising Stars in Private Equity 2019

 

Legal Week 2019
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
Education
  • LPC, BPP Law School, London, 2006
  • GDL, BPP Law School, London, 2005
  • BA (Hons) History, Cambridge University, 2004
Industries
  • Energy & Infrastructure
Practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity