Experienced corporate finance adviser for business owners and entrepreneurs
Tom has over 20 years’ experience of advising directors, business owners and management teams on a range of corporate transactions. Clients appreciate his open and friendly approach, his calmness under pressure and his deep understanding of the many issues faced by private companies as they embark on a sale or other transaction. Tom has a broad network of contacts and has built strong relationships with many banks, lawyers and private equity houses through his work in Cambridge, London and across the East of England.
Tom specialises in working with clients on succession and exit planning, including:
- Identifying potential buyers for a business and taking the business to market
- Maximising value on sale of a business
- Partial sales and “cash out deals” with private equity support
- Structuring and funding management buy-outs
Recent deals completed by Tom include:
- Sale of cyber security business NotSoSecure to Claranet Group
- Sale of Priden Engineering to Elaghmore Partners
- Sale of Cherrydown Vet Group to Sovereign Capital
- Sale of SaaS business cr360 to US based United Laboratories LLC
An experienced adviser with a diverse background
After studying Modern History at the University of Oxford, Tom initially trained as a chartered accountant in Cambridge and then spent time working in corporate finance and private equity with leading national and international firms in London and Cambridge.
In September 2014 he joined Ashcroft Anthony as a partner to establish a boutique Cambridge based corporate finance business. In December 2015, the firm merged with BKL and became the first office outside BKL’s London premises.
Sports enthusiast with a busy family life
If you don’t find Tom on the cricket field (playing or coaching) or the tennis court, you’ll probably find him at gymnastics, swimming, pony riding or mini rugby – not participating himself, but supporting his three children in their numerous hobbies.
Tom enjoys a busy, happy home life. Besides the action-packed family schedule, he enjoys cooking, travelling and sampling fine wine with his wife.
“We are extremely grateful to Tom and the team for all their help in negotiating this deal on our behalf and guiding us through the complex sale process. There were a number of challenges along the way and the support and advice we received was always valuable and hugely reassuring. We would undoubtedly recommend Tom and the team to anyone else who is contemplating selling their business.”
“We have worked closely with Tom over the last year whilst the business has been growing rapidly and has been faced with a number of challenges. Tom has assisted us in numerous areas, including helping to develop our growth strategy, strengthening the finance team and exploring and demystifying funding options. At all times he has proved an invaluable sounding board and a respected and trusted adviser.”
“I am extremely grateful to Tom and the team at BKL for all their help in negotiating this deal and advising me throughout the transaction. The final result exceeded my initial expectations and I would certainly recommend Tom to anyone else who is considering selling their business.”
“I am extremely grateful to Tom and the team at BKL for the support and advice they gave in connection with the management buy-out.”
“Guy and I are very grateful to Tom, Howard and the BKL team for all their support and advice in connection with the sale of the business to Colliers. In what was, at times, a challenging process, their experience and professionalism helped enormously in getting the deal done.”
“Tom was the consummate professional. We hit a blip in the middle of the process but Tom played a key role in managing this and it made me realise the importance of the decision to hire him.”
““BKL has given outstanding support and advice to us throughout the transaction. They not only secured a good deal for the shareholders, but also identified the perfect buyer to ensure our continued growth. They have delivered a fantastic future for the business and one which will allow it to build on significant achievements.”
“Choosing BKL to partner with us through the journey of selling our business was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was constantly informed of progress, encouraged through the low points and comforted when things got tough. Their drive and ambition to deliver my expectations was relentless throughout the process. I will be forever grateful to Tom and the exceptional team for finding me the ideal purchaser that shares our vision for growth and for holding me together until the deal was done.”