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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, direct listings, investment grade and high-yield debt issues, de-SPAC business combinations, 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.
University of Chicago, JD (1988)
Yale University, BA (Latin American History) (1984)
- District of Columbia 1990
- New York 1989
· Dar Global PLC ‒ on its direct listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Dar Global is the Dubai-based subsidiary of Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company, which holds Dar Al Arkan's property development interests and marketing offices in the UK, Spain, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bosnia and China.
· Aedifica NV ‒ on its €285 million international offering of new shares listed on the Euronext Brussels and Euronext Amsterdam stock exchanges. ABN AMRO (acting in collaboration with ODDO BHF SCA), BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV and Kempen & Co acted as Joint Global Coordinators, and Belfius Kepler Cheuvreux, ING Belgium NV/SA, KBC Securities and Société Générale have together with the Joint Global Coordinators acted as Joint Bookrunners. The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.
· Xior Student Housing ‒ on its €180 million rights offering. Xior is public regulated real estate company (RREC) specialising in the student housing segment in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and elsewhere. Belfius Bank and ING Belgium acted as Joint Global Coordinators & Joint Bookrunners, and BNP Paribas Fortis, ABN AMRO - ODDO BHF and KBC Securities acted as Joint Bookrunners and formed, together with the Joint Global Coordinators & Joint Bookrunners, the Underwriters. The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.
· Taaleem Management Services S.A.E. ‒ on its EGP 4.2 billion (US$270 million) initial public offering and listing on the Egyptian Exchange. Taaleem is the operator of a highly ranked for profit university in Egypt and has obtained permissions to commence operation of a second for profit university located just outside of Cairo. CI Capital Investment Banking S.A.E. acted as Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner, and Renaissance Capital Egypt for Promoting and Underwriting of Securities S.A.E. and First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC acted as Joint Bookrunners for the offering. The transaction included a Rule 144A offering into the United States.
· Citigroup, Jefferies and Commerzbank ‒ on the IPO of Brockhaus Capital Management AG. It was the first virtual IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange following the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
· Hyloris Pharmaceuticals ‒ on its initial public offering on Euronext Brussels. Hyloris is an early-stage innovative specialty pharmaceutical company. KBC Securities and Kempen & Co acted as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners. It was the first virtual IPO on Euronext Brussels following the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
· Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley ‒ as joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners on the US$500m Main Market IPO of Landscape Acquisition Holdings Ltd, a special purpose acquisition company focused on real estate and hospitality businesses.
· 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.
- Legal 500 UK, Equity Capital Markets, 2023.
- IFLR 1000, Equity Capital Markets, 2023.
- Chambers & Partners Global, Africa Capital Markets
· In-house legal forum series: Update on FCA's proposals relating to move to a single listing regime and recommendations in UK Secondary Capital Raising Review
· Panelist at Harvard Business Review Türkiye's webinar "The New Era of Technology Investments".
· 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.
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