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About Tom Godwin

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

His capital markets experience covers advising companies, shareholders and underwriting banks on international equity offerings of all types, including IPOs, secondary offers by listed companies and shareholders, and capital raises by private companies.

Tom also advises listed company clients on strategic and advisory matters, and has extensive experience in public and private M&A, particularly in the energy and energy transition sectors.

Tom worked in our Hong Kong office in 2010 and completed a secondment with the senior advisory team at Rothschild in London 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

  • Haleon plc on the global offering by its largest shareholder of £2.4bn of shares and American Depositary Shares, and the related £315m off-market share buyback by Haleon, in March 2024.
  • 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