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Tom Heylen

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Tom Heylen has great knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, public equity and private equity work. Tom has a wealth of experience in international mergers and acquisitions and acts for clients such as Kimberly-Clark, Dentsu Aegis Network, Oaktree Capital, Lend Lease, Halyard Health, and Sun Capital. He has particular experience working with international corporates/institutions and high growth innovative companies. Tom also leads the Firm’s Tech City initiative. Recent transactions include: acting for Kimberly-Clark on the $1.6billion spin off of Halyard Health; acting for Vidrala on its €450m acquisition of glass bottling manufacturer on Encirc; acting for ScS Group plc on its main list IPO; acting for Oaktree Capital on the establishment of six real estate related platforms; and acting for Arrowgrass Capital on its joint venture with Basware in respect of the establishment of a new e-invoicing based factoring service. Tom’s major clients include: Dentsu Aegis Network, Kimberly-Clark, Halyard Health, Oaktree Capital, Sun Capital Partners, Town Centre Securities PLC, Lend Lease, Walker Greenbank plc and Sthree plc.


Trained DLA Piper; qualified 1998; partner 2005 to date. Member of the DLA Piper International Board; member of the DLA Piper Global Board.


University of Nottingham (Biological Sciences).


Cycling, skiing.

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

The ‘proactive, exemplary’ department at DLA Piper has ‘great bench strength’. It is well known for its TMT expertise, though it also acts for high-profile clients in sectors including energy, financial services and transport. ‘Incredibly responsive, thoughtful’ and ‘very experienced global co-chair Robert Bishop and Mark Chivers led the team advising Heineken Group on its offer to acquire the securitization group known as ‘Punch Taverns A’ from Patron Capital. Head of M&A for EMEA and Asia Pacific Jon Kenworthy worked alongside Tim Wright on the sale of Miller Homes Holdings to a Bridgepoint Capital entity for £669m, advising the selling shareholders and the management team on their investment into Newco. Managing director Charles Severs, who ‘always ensures that services are delivered as promised’, advised Menzies Aviation on the acquisition of ASIG from BBA Aviation for $202m. Jon Hayes acts for clients including Etihad Airways, GE, UNICEF and Unilever. Also recommended are Robert Salter, who is strong for real estate sector transactions, and Tom Heylen, who is noted for his expertise in working with international corporates and institutions and leading the firm’s technology initiative in the UK.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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