Tom Saunderson, Corporate Senior Associate at Acuity Law

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"His commercial awareness and skills regularly far exceed those of solicitors with considerably more post-qualification experience than him." - Wales Dealmakers 2020

Tom Saunderson

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Tom is a Senior Associate within the corporate team at Acuity Law. His expertise includes a broad spectrum of M&A and investment work (including private equity and early stage investments) and commercial projects. He has built a strong network and heads up a number of key client relationships.

Tom has played a key advisory role on several high-profile deals including the sale of Premier Forest’s Irish subsidiary to Murdock Builders Merchants, the sale of a digital signage and IPTV provider, Tripleplay Services, to US company Uniguest and advising the shareholders of Business Systems UK on an investment by August Equity. All for significant undisclosed sums. Tom has also supported long-standing client Brickability Group plc with their acquisition strategy over the last number of years.

Several deals on which Tom has advised have gone on to win awards at the Insider Wales Dealmaker Awards; a testament to his ability and the high calibre transactions he works on. Tom’s contribution and commercial acumen have been recognised by him winning Emerging Dealmaker of the Year at the 2020 Insider Wales Dealmaker Awards and being ranked as an “Associate to Watch” in the Chambers & Partners UK 2022 Guide.

  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Share option schemes
  • Early stage companies
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Acting for the shareholders of Premier Forest on the disposal of its Irish subsidiary, Premier Forest ROI Limited (the eight-site subsidiary comprising Brooks Timber and Building Supplies and Dublin Plywood and Veneer (DPV)) for a significant but undisclosed sum to Northern Ireland headquartered Murdock Builders Merchants – this deal was Highly Commended in the International Deal of the Year category at the 2021 Insider Wales Dealmaker Awards.
  • Advising the shareholders of Heathpak Limited on their sale to Netherlands-headquartered Solidus Solutions;
  • Advised Business Systems (U.K) Limited and its shareholders in connection with an investment by private equity house August Equity.
  • Acting for Owens Group, the UK’s leading transport and warehousing company, on their acquisition of Celtic Couriers, a reputable family-run business that operates the APC parcel network and Fortec pallet network in South-West Wales.
  • Advising the shareholders of Tripleplay on their multi million pound sale to Uniguest , a private equity backed US based cybersecurity technology solutions business, with the newly combined operation of ONELAN and Tripleplay becoming the largest IPTV, digital signage and room booking solutions provider in the world.
  • Supporting Bond Digital Health, a pioneering Cardiff-based medtech company, in relation to multiple funding founds;
  • Acting for the shareholders of Hereford Contract Canning, one of the UK’s largest independent drinks canning facilities, on their multi-million pound sale to PE firm Rutland Partners, which saw the founders of HCC rolling up a minority interest in the new private equity ownership structure.
  • Acting for the management team of Corinthian Brands on the MBO of St Helier Beverage Company in a deal supported by an eight-figure funding package from ThinCats;
  • Acting for Bridgend based Brickability Group plc (corporate acquirer of the year at the 2018 and 2019 Insider Media Wales Dealmaker Awards) on the refinance of its term loan facility with Lloyds Bank and AIB together with the concurrent completion of three separate company acquisitions. Tom has also supported Brickability Group plc with its wider acquisition strategy, acting on over 10 acquisitions in the last few years.
  • Advising cooling technology company Sure Chill on their £4m investment from PE firm the Garage SOHO and Novastar Ventures, a Kenya-based venture capital fund manager. This deal won ‘Venture Capital Deal of the Year at the 2019 Insider Media Wales Dealmakers Awards.
  • Advising Delio Limited, a high growth Cardiff based Fintech provider, in relation to its 2.3 m investment from PE firm Maven Capital Partners and existing investors (including DBW). The investment has supported the business in scaling its international sales team across key global financial locations.
  • Advising the shareholders of BikePark Wales on an investment from private equity firm BCF Equity Partners, with support from AIB Bank, helping to fund ambitious growth plans for the site near Merthyr Tydfil. This deal won the Small Business Deal of the Year award at the Insider Wales Dealmaker Awards 2018.
  • Acting for ICSG Limited in its acquisition of ProClinical Limited, a life sciences recruitment business with subsidiaries in the US, Germany, Switzerland and Singapore, which included coordinating and managing lawyers across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Ranked as an Associate to Watch in Chambers & Partners
  • Winner of Emerging Dealmaker of the Year at Wales Dealmakers 2020
  • The Corporate Team is ranked Tier 1 in The Legal 500.
  • The Corporate Team is ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners.
  • The Commercial Team is ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500.
  • Corporate and Commercial Team of the Year – Wales Legal Awards 2020.
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year – Insider Wales Dealmaker Awards 2020 & 2021.
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