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  Simon Toms



Simon has experience of a wide range of cross-border public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and equity capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on the technology, media and telecoms sectors. Simon served as General Counsel at News International (now News UK) from August 2011 to April 2012.

Simon is recommended for high-end capability M&A in Chambers and Partners, where he is described as "commercially savvy and client-focused" and is singled out for being "extremely hard-working, diligent and careful" and Legal500 where he is referred to as “quick thinking, commercial” and “cool under pressure.”

Experience highlights include advising:

21st Century Fox Inc on its bid Sky plc for USD30bn.

HP on its acquisition of Apogee Corporation Limited for GBP380m.

VEON on the formation of its 50/50 joint venture with Hutchison to form WINDTre, Italy’s largest mobile operator, and the subsequent sale of VEON’s stake to Hutchison for EUR2.45bn.

Cerberus Capital Management on its acquisition of HSH Nordbank for USD1.2bn with consortium partners.

IHS on its joint venture with MTN to acquire 9,000 mobile phone towers and IHS's associated USD2.6bn fundraising.

A consortium of leading financial institutions on a USD107m investment in R3, the distributed ledger technology platform for financial services.

21st Century Fox on its sale of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland to Sky plc for USD9.3bn.

Toyota on the formation of Toyota Connected Europe.

News UK on its participation in digital ad platform the Ozone Project, alongside the Telegraph group, Guardian Media Group and Reach plc.

Cisco on its acquisition of Acano, a leading video conferencing and collaboration service provider for USD700m.

Khazanah Nasional Berhad as lead investor in a Series D funding round in augmented reality company Blippar.

Circassia Pharmaceuticals on its acquisitions of Aerocrime AB and Prosonix Limited and its associated GBP275m placing and open offer.

Virgin Active on the sale of an 80% majority stake to Brait for GBP682m.

Clear Channel on the sale of its stake in ARN to APN for USD246m.

AVG on its acquisition of mobile privacy provider Privax Limited.

Deepmind Technologies on its sale to Google Inc. for USD500m.

News Corporation on its separation into two independently listed companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corporation.

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2003

Academic qualifications

LLB, Law with German Law, King's College London, 2000

LPC, The College Of Law, London, 2001

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