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.

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

  • 21st Century Fox Inc. in its US$30 billion bid for Sky plc.;
  • TransferWise on its secondary sale valuing the business at US$3.5 billion;
  • 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.



  • Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, 2001
  • LL.B., King's College, London, 2000


  • England & Wales

Simon Toms

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Governance