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Thomas Vita

Partner

Thomas Vita

London

T:+44 20 7444 3695

Thomas Vita is a New York-qualified corporate finance lawyer based in London. He leads the US corporate finance team in London, which specialises in US legal advice in international securities offerings, M&A transactions and other corporate finance matters.

Tom has extensive experience in international securities transactions, including initial public and follow-on SEC registered and Rule 144A offerings, investment grade and high-yield debt issues, privatisations, tender offers, exchange offers and rights offerings. Tom has represented leading global investment banks and issuers on transactions in the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. His experience includes transactions in the banking, entertainment, gaming, Internet/technology, insurance, telecoms, retail, steel, transportation and logistics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, real estate and mining and minerals industries.

Tom joined the London practice as a partner in 1998. Prior to this, Tom worked at a leading New York law firm.  Tom clerked for the Hon. Albert J Engel Jr, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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  • Education

    University of Chicago, JD (1988)

    Yale University, BA (Latin American History) (1984)

  • Representative experience

    ·      Citigroup ‒ on the £200 million offering of London-listed CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings, the builder and operator of a national fibre network in the United Kingdom.  finnCap, Liberum Captial and Macquarie Capital acted as joint bookrunners with Citi.  The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.

    ·      Goldman Sachs International and J.P. Morgan Cazenove ‒ on the US$762 million IPO of BioPharma Credit PLC, a UK investment trust managed by Pharmakon Advisers, L.P., a New York based manager specialising in biopharma royalty investing and lending.  The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.

    ·      PPHE Hotel Group and its publicly-traded subsidiary, Arena Hospitality Group ‒ on Arena Hospitality's HRK 750 million international offering of shares listed on the Zagraeb Stock Exchange.  This was one of the largest equity offerings by a Croatian company. 

    ·      Arabian Cement Company ‒ on its US$110 million IPO on the Egyptian Stock Exchange.  CI Capital and EFG Hermes acted as joint global coordinators and bookrunners.  At the time, this was the first major IPO in Egypt in over five years.  The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.

    ·      Petropavlovsk ‒ on this Russian-focused gold mining company's rights offering and debt restructuring, which was extended to noteholders in the United States.

    ·      Goldman Sachs International ‒ on the Rand 4 billion (US$530 million) rights offering of African Bank, a leading financial institution in South Africa. The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.

    ·      Akbank T.A.Ş.‒ on its global medium term note program, including US$1 billion in note issuances. Various banks acted as dealers in connection with the program. The transactions included Rule 144A offerings into the United States.

    ·      Canaccord Genuity, HSBC and Liberum ‒ on the £340 million London Stock Exchange IPO of GAME Digital, a United Kingdom and Spanish gaming retailer.  The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.

    ·      PT Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line ‒ on this Indonesian dry bulk shipping company on the restructuring of its high-yield bonds by means of an exchange offer and consent solicitation. This was the first Chapter 15 proceeding involving an Indonesian company.
    Awarded IFLR Asia 2013 – Restructuring Deal of the Year Award.

    ·      Tauron Polska Energia ‒ on its US$1.3 billion IPO and privatisation on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.  UBS Investment Bank, Unicredit CAIB, BofA Merrill Lynch and ING acted as joint bookrunners.  The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.

    ·      Carlsberg ‒ on its US$6.3 billion rights offering.  The offering, which was the largest ever in Denmark, was underwritten by BNP Paribas, Danske Markets and Nordea.  The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.

    ·      Republic of Turkey  ‒ on the US$1.9 billion IPO and privatisation of Türkiye Halk Bankası A.Ş (Halkbank).  The shares were listed in Istanbul.  Goldman Sachs acted as Global Coordinator.  The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.

  • Admissions
    • New York 1989
    • District of Columbia 1990
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Legal 500, Equity Capital Markets, 2017.
    • IFLR 1000, Equity Capital Markets, 2017.
  • Speaking engagements

    ·      The EBRD Approach to Development Financing: Egypt, Cairo, Egypt.

    ·      PLI's Fifteenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, London, United Kingdom.

    ·      Eurobonds, Sukuk and other Financial Instruments, Istanbul, Turkey.

    ·      PLI's Doing Deals in Africa, London, United Kingdom.

  • Languages
    • Spanish