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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. 

In 2011, Simon was recognised by Mergermarket as a Young Deal Maker of the year.  Simon is a member of the firm's TMT Steering Group.

Simon served as interim General Counsel at News International (now News UK) from August 2011 to April 2012.  He completed a secondment at a global financial services group as part of the bank's corporate legal team, where he worked on the integration of the bank's African business with Absa Bank.

Experience highlights include advising:

21st Century Fox Inc. on its sale of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland to Sky plc.

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

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

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

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

Rwanda Development Board on the sale of 77% stake of the Development Bank of Rwanda to Atlas Mara.

AVG on its acquisition of mobile privacy provider Privax Limited.

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

Drayson Wireless on its demerger from Drayson Racing and Series B fundraising.

Knightsbridge Group on its food distribution and meat production joint venture with Inalcon.

Vimpelcom on the sale of the phone towers of its Italian Subsidiary WIND to Abertis Telecom.

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

News International on a range of matters following a nine month secondment as interim General Counsel.

News Corporation (now 21st Century Fox) on its proposed acquisition of the 60.1% stake in BSkyB it does not hold.

ITWP Acquisitions Limited on its GBP162m acquisition of internet marketing company Toluna.

Twitter Inc on its acquisition of TweetDeck.

Proofpoint on the acquisition of SendMail and Mail Distiller.

News Corporation (now 21st Century Fox) on the sale of its free-to-air broadcasting business in Bulgaria, bTV, to CME for consideration of USD400m and the sale of OX Serbia to Antenna group.

News Corporation (now 21st Century Fox) on the sale of its outdoor advertising business in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and UBS as Joint Global Co-ordinators on the IPO of online grocer Ocado Group.

Dana Petroleum on its acquisition by Korean National Oil Company for GBP1.8bn.

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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