Simon Toms

Simon Toms

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance
Simon Toms has experience in a wide range of cross-border public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and equity capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on the technology, fintech, media and telecoms sectors.


Mr. Toms is ranked as a leading individual for high-end M&A in The Legal 500 UK. He previously served as general counsel at News International (now News UK) between August 2011 and April 2012.

Since joining Skadden, Mr. Toms’ experience includes advising:

  • Visa Inc. in its €1.8 billion acquisition of Tink AB;
  • Electronic Arts Inc. in its US$1.4 billion acquisition of Playdemic Ltd. from Warner Bros. Games and AT&T Inc.;
  • RMG Acquisition Corporation II in its $8 billion business combination with ReNew Power, India’s leading renewable power company. This is the first-ever de-SPAC transaction involving an Indian company; 
  • a bank consortium consisting of BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan on their Series B investment in blockchain market infrastructure platform HQLAx;
  • Electronic Arts Inc. in its $1.2 billion recommended cash offer for Codemasters Group Holdings plc.;
  • Zelon Holdings Inc. in its participation in Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc’s capital raise;
  • Zuber and Mohsin Issa, owners of EG Group, and TDR Capital LLP in their acquisition of a majority stake in ASDA Group Limited from Walmart Inc.;
  • Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. in its $1.4 billion sale of zColo to Databank;  
  • Halewood Artisanal Spirits plc in the sale of its Lambrini and Eisberg brands to Accolade Wines Limited and Schloss Wachenheim, respectively; and
  • Iceland Foods in the acquisition, by founder and Executive Chair Sir Malcolm Walker CBE and CEO Tarsem Dhaliwal, of a 63% stake in Iceland Foods from Brait, a South African private equity fund.

Mr. Toms’ experience prior to joining Skadden includes advising:

  • 21st Century Fox Inc. in its US$30 billion bid for Sky plc.;
  • TransferWise (now Wise) on a secondary sale;
  • HP in its £380 million acquisition of Apogee Corporation Limited;
  • VEON in the formation of its 50/50 joint venture with Hutchison to form WINDTre, Italy’s largest mobile operator, valued at €22 billion, and the subsequent sale of VEON’s stake to Hutchison for €2.45 billion;
  • Cerberus Capital Management in its US$1.2 billion acquisition of HSH Nordbank alongside consortium partners;
  • IHS in its joint venture with MTN to acquire 9,000 mobile phone towers and IHS’ associated US$2.6 billion fundraising;
  • a consortium of leading financial institutions in a US$107 million investment in R3, a distributed ledger technology platform for financial services;
  • 21st Century Fox in its US$9.3 billion sale of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland to Sky plc;
  • Toyota in the formation of Toyota Connected Europe;
  • News UK in its participation in digital ad platform the Ozone Project, alongside the Telegraph Media Group, Guardian Media Group and Reach plc;
  • Cisco in its US$700 million acquisition of Acano, a leading video conferencing and collaboration service provider;
  • Circassia Pharmaceuticals in its acquisitions of Aerocrime AB and Prosonix Limited and its associated £275 million placing and open offer;
  • Virgin Active in the sale of an 80% majority stake to Brait for £682 million;
  • Clear Channel in the sale of its stake in ARN to APN for US$246 million;
  • Deepmind Technologies in its US$500 million sale to Google Inc.; and
  • News Corporation in its separation into two independently listed companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corporation.



  • LPC, The College of Law, London, 2001
  • LL.B., King's College, London, 2000


  • England & Wales

Simon Toms

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance