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Tom Kelleher

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Capital Law Limited

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Corporate & Commercial.


Tom is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial department and deals with all aspects of corporate law including venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts and buyins, joint ventures, restructurings and general company advice. Tom specialises in venture capital, M&A, and banking and finance, and works on behalf of private equity clients such as The Development Bank of Wales, WestBridge Capital LLP and Beaubridge Capital. He has advised a range of the firm's corporate clients on refinancing transactions, the acquisition and sale of companies and businesses, and investments.

Recent deals that Tom has worked on include: acting on behalf of a private equity fund on its investment as part of a £8m+ MBO; acting on behalf of a private equity fund on its investment as part of a £13m+ MBO; acting on behalf of a client on a multi-jurisdictional £20m+ refinancing; acting on behalf of the sellers in a £12m+ in a secondary buyout; acting on behalf of the seller in a multimillion-pound disposal of a franchise business; acting on behalf of the seller in a multimillion-pound disposal of a national chain of cinemas to one of the leaders in the market; acting on behalf of the seller in a multimillion-pound disposal of a packaging and adhesive business. He has also taken on numerous management advisory roles on private equity-backed deals. He has completed 12+ transactions of £1m or more in the last 12 months across the UK including the £29.4million sale of Vista Retail, on behalf of WestBridge.


Qualified 2006; partner 2014. Pardoes Solicitors (Taunton), trainee solicitor and solicitor 2004-2007; Capital Law, solicitor 2007-2009, associate 2009-2014, partner 2014-present day.


The Law Society of England and Wales


Pontarddulais Comprehensive School; Gorseinon Tertiary College; Cardiff University, (2000 LLB; 2001 LPC).


Sports, family and reading.

Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

The ‘proactive, pragmatic and entrepreneurial’ five-partner team at Capital Law LLP provides a ‘responsive and efficient’ service across the spectrum of corporate and commercial work including advice on M&A transactions, joint venture structuring and AIM placings. The team is, however, perhaps best-known for its private equity knowledge where it benefits from the expertise of the ‘well-connected’ Duncan Macintosh, who is able to impart ‘deep expertise’ in the field as a result of his knowledge gleaned both from private practice, as well as his previous work in-house for 3i. The ‘very calm and productive’ Tom Kelleher also has an excellent track record and recently advised WestBridge Capital on the £29.4m secondary sale of Vista Retail to LDC. The ‘attentive and tenacious’ Alys Carlton has a particular niche advising management teams; she recently advised the senior managers of Metamark on Primary Capital’s £62m management buyout (MBO) of the business. On the commercial front, the firm is developing a strong reputation in the cryptocurrency space, largely as a result of its work on behalf of core client Royal Mint subsidiary, RM Assets, on the development alongside CME Group of a blockchain-based gold trading platform. The ‘committed and very dedicated’ Nicola McNeely is ‘excellent on deals involving a strong technology component’ and led on the aforementioned deal. UK-qualified German national Marlies Hoecherl is recommended for cross-border matters.

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Led by Christopher Agius, Capital Law Limited Cardiff's banking team is particularly accomplished at handling property and development finance matters for lenders including Hodge Bank, HSBC and Santander. The team continues to handle a significant volume of matters for M5 Associates (a fund set up to provide development finance), including recently advising it on the provision of financing to facilitate the acquisition of development land in Luton, with planning permission for three residential tower blocks. Agius has also handled numerous matters for Handelsbanken, including advising it on a £5.3m loan to a Cardiff-based property company with an extensive portfolio of commercially let properties in and around south Wales. Associate Christopher Lewis  also has a focus on banking matters and regularly assists Agius on his matters. The team is also regularly aided by corporate partner Tom Kelleher , who has experience in corporate finance matters, and commercial property expert Leanne O’Brien, who regularly provides input on property finance matters.

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Capital Law LLP has established a strong client base within the film and TV industries and regularly advises prominent clients including S4C and Handmade Films across a variety of commercial and IP work, as well as in relation to other legal issues including employment and corporate, should the need arise. Although as a trainee solicitor Fiona Peet is at a relatively junior level, the calibre of work and experience within the sector (she was formerly head of legal and business affairs at a Welsh independent TV production company) belie her years, to the extent that she leads on numerous matters including advising branding and content company, Smörgåsbord, on the talent agreement for Welsh actor Luke Evans' starring role in the Visit Wales campaign. Peet also recently assisted Tom Kelleher on his work for The  Football Show on the development of a bespoke production agreement it recently made with Zig Zag Productions. IP expert Wayne Beynon is also regularly engaged in media and entertainment-related work.

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