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About Tom Godwin

Tom is a partner in our global transactions group, specialising in capital markets.

His experience includes equity offerings of all types, as well as public and private M&A and general corporate advisory work across a number of sectors. He has particular experience of the energy and natural resources sectors, and is a senior member of our oil and gas and mining and metals teams.

Tom worked in our Hong Kong office in 2010 and completed a secondment with the senior advisory team of a London-based investment bank in 2016.

Recent work

Tom has advised on numerous equity capital markets transactions and on a wide range of public and private M&A, joint ventures and general corporate issues, specialised in the energy and natural resources sector.

His recent experience includes advising:

Equity capital markets

  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. and Petershill Partners plc, an alternative investment company, on its £1.2bn initial public offering and Chapter 15 premium listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Vivo Energy on its London and Johannesburg IPO in 2018 and its inaugural debt offering of $350m of senior notes in September 2020.
  • Airtel Africa on the first simultaneous IPO on the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange and on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2019, with a market capitalisation of approximately £3bn.
  • The issuer and selling shareholders on the £1.125bn IPO and premium listing of the Just Retirement Group.
  • Rights issues by Cobham (twice) and New World Resources.
  • Cash and cash box placings by SSP, Helios Towers, Grainger, National Express and SOCO.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Currys on its Class 1 circular relating to the disposal of its Greece and Cyprus retail business
  • ABB on the sale of a majority stake in its power grids division to Hitachi, Ltd, valuing the division at $11bn, in 2018 and on the $1.68 billion sale of its remaining stake in 2022.
  • Carlyle, CVC, China Investment Corporation, founder Sam Laidlaw and management on the $4.9bn sale of Neptune Energy.
  • AB InBev on the various disposals required in relation to its £78bn combination with SABMiller.
  • Rio Tinto on the sale of its entire interest in the Grasberg mine in Indonesia for $3.5bn.
  • Henderson Group on its recommended offer for Janus Capital and potential US registration in relation to the $6bn merger.
  • The recommended offer by Telecity Group for Interxion, and subsequent $3.8bn merger of Telecity Group and Equinix.
  • Xstrata on its $90bn all-share merger with Glencore International.
  • The €755m restructuring of New World Resources.



  • Cambridge University, UK (BA and MA in law)

Professional qualifications

  • Qualified legal practitioner in England and Wales