Georgetown University Law Center,
J.D., cum laude, 1982
Editor, The Tax Lawyer
B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, 1979
The Missouri Bar
Illinois State Bar Association
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Alter Trading Corporation
Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR)
Eagle Private Capital, LLC
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
Essence Group Holdings Corporation
Gateway Venture Partners
Maritz Holdings, Inc.
Missouri State Employees' Retirement System
Missouri Technology Corporation
Prolog Ventures, LLC
Public School Retirement System
Scottrade Financial Services, Inc.
Zoltek Companies, Inc.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-Present
Named Lawyer of the Year for Venture Capital Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers® (2017)
Named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Governance Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2016
Named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Compliance Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2014
Named Lawyer of the Year for Securities/Capital Markets in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2013
Listed in Chambers USA - Band 1 as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A in St. Louis, 2012-Present
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-Present
Top 50 in St. Louis, 2005-2008, 2011-2012
Lawdragon "National Finalist" in its Fifth Annual Guide to the Leading Lawyers in America, 2010
Thompson Coburn LLP
Missouri Venture Capital Roundtable
Technology Gateway/Capital Formation Sub Committee
Chair, Legislative Working Group, 1998- 2000
Lucky Lane Early Childhood Association
Board Member, 1992-1994
Tom is a veteran M&A and corporate finance attorney who provides clients with common-sense solutions to address complex transactional issues.
Nationally ranked in the areas of M&A, corporate governance, and venture capital, he chairs Thompson Coburn's Corporate Finance and Securities group. He also serves on the firm's Management and Executive Committees.
Drawing on his more than 30 years of experience, Tom leads transactions across the country for companies in a wide range of industries and geographies, including acquisitions and divestitures involving strategic parties and private equity sponsors. Tom takes a solution-oriented approach to transactions and marshals the cross-discipline resources of the firm — including tax, employee benefits, intellectual property and environmental advice — to execute challenging transactions and help clients anticipate and effectively manage risk.
Tom represents clients in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including venture capital and private equity investments and institutional debt and equity financings. He has also counseled clients involved in offensive and defensive shareholder activist efforts.
Tom has extensive experience representing institutional investors such as pension systems and endowments with their exposure to alternative investments, as well as investment managers, venture capital funds, and private equity sponsors. As part of this very active practice, Tom has unique experience advising public employee retirement systems and endowments and counseling them on evolving market trends.
For all corporate clients, Tom provides regulatory advice on the constantly evolving securities laws and rules affecting public and private companies, institutional investors and managers.
Served as counsel to a publicly held advanced materials manufacturer in connection with its $584 million cross-border strategic acquisition by a publicly held materials manufacturer (2014).
Served as counsel to a diversified marketing and incentives company in connection with numerous acquisitions, divestitures and ownership matters (2000-present).
Served as counsel to a privately owned large metals recycler in connection with several strategic and tuck-in acquisitions (2006-present).
Served as counsel to specialty chemical manufacturers and distributors in connection with sales to private equity-sponsored strategic acquirers (2013-2014).
Served as counsel to a large privately owned company in connection with private-for-life medium term note program.
Served as counsel to Missouri Technology Corporation in connection with various equity and debt financings and programs.
Served as counsel to an in-house private equity operation of a large industrial client in connection with structuring the investment vehicle and executing acquisition strategy.
Served as counsel to various private equity sponsors in connection with acquisitions and dispositions of portfolio investments in industrial and distribution businesses (2015-2016).
"New SEC Compensation Disclosure Rules";
Rubin Brown SEC Hot Topics Seminar, January 2007
"Attracting and Structuring Angel Investments";
Extended Technology Entrepreneur Program sponsored by St. Louis Center for Emerging Technologies, December 2003
"ERISA Fiduciary Duties After the Enron Case - Securities Law Aspects";
Thompson Coburn seminar, November 2003
"The Power of Angel Investing";
sponsored by the Colorado Capital Alliance, June 2001
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