Tom Saunderson, Corporate Senior Associate at Acuity Law

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"Tom Saunderson is unflappable and candid."

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Tom Saunderson

Recent Work

Tom is a partner in our Corporate team.

His expertise covers a broad spectrum of M&A, investment and commercial projects work, with a particular expertise in private equity and early-stage investments in high-growth companies.

In addition to Tom’s continued support to the acquisition strategy of long-standing client Brickability Group plc over recent years, he manages a number of key client relationships. These include open banking experts OBConnect; Avantis Marine, an engineering business specialising in the conversion of critical assets and infrastructure; a fast-growth premium vodka brand and a number of exciting early-stage companies.

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 handles. Tom won the “Emerging Dealmaker of the Year” award at the Wales Insider Dealmaker Awards in 2020. He is recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Share option schemes
  • Early-stage companies
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Advising OBConnect Limited, a highly innovative fast-growth company at the forefront of FinTech innovation, in connection with its £3 million investment by PayPoint Plc
  • Acting as lead legal adviser to Brickability Group plc, one of the UK’s largest construction materials distributors, on its acquisition strategy. Highlights included:
    i) the acquisition of Beacon Roofing, a-Surrey based roofing contractor that provides roofing services across the South East of England for national house builders and developers
    ii) the acquisition of Modular Clay Products, a leading supplier of UK and imported clay facing bricks to the specification sector
    iii) the acquisition of ET Clay Products and Heritage Clay Tiles, specialist suppliers of UK and imported clay facing bricks and handmade and handcrafted clay roof tiles
  • Advising leading UK timber importer Premier Forest Products on its acquisition of Monmouthshire Timber Supplies Limited
  • Advising the management team of Avantis Marine, a technology service provider for the marine sector, on its buyout from Envoy Group, including equity and debt investment from Development Bank of Wales and a working capital facility from HSBC UK Bank plc
  • Acting for Caerdav Limited, one of the only independent UK-based airline maintenance, repair, and overhaul service providers, to secure a £4 million facility from independent asset manager BOOST&Co
  • Advising Warwick Capital Partners on its investment in Eden Living, a new private rented sector business, as part of its European Opportunities Fund III. This newly established business is focused on letting two-to-four-bedroom single-family new-build housing in South Wales and the South West of England, and aims to help create local communities
  • Advising AIM-listed Facilities by ADF plc (ADF) on its acquisition of Location One, the UK’s largest integrated TV and film location service and equipment hire company
  • 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 its 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 its acquisition of Celtic Couriers
  • Advising Hut Six, a Newport-headquartered developer of software-based information, on an investment round led by Development Bank of Wales
  • Tom is ranked as Up and Coming by Chambers and Partners
  • Tom is listed as a Rising Star in The Legal 500
  • Emerging Dealmaker of the Year at Insider Wales Dealmakers 2020
  • The Corporate Team is ranked Tier 1 in The Legal 500
  • The Corporate Team is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year – Insider Wales Dealmaker Awards 2020, 2021 and 2022
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