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
Eagle Private Capital, LLC
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
Maritz Holdings Inc.
Missouri State Employees' Retirement System
Missouri Technology Corporation
Prolog Ventures, LLC
Zoltek Companies, Inc.
Named Lawyer of the Year for Securities Regulation in St. Louis by The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings), 2022
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2023 (by BL Rankings)
Named Lawyer of the Year for Securities/Capital Markets in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2013, 2021 (by BL Rankings)
Named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Governance Law in St. Louis by The Best Lawyers in America, 2016; 2018, 2020 (by BL Rankings)
Named Lawyer of the Year for Venture Capital Law in St. Louis by The Best Lawyers in America, 2017; 2019 (by BL Rankings)
Named a Best M&A Provider by St. Louis Small Business Monthly, 2017
Listed in Chambers USA - Band 1 for Corporate/M&A in St. Louis, 2012-2023 (by Chambers & Partners)
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2021 (by Thomson Reuters)
Top 50 in St. Louis, 2005-2008, 2011-2012
Named Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Compliance Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2014 (by BL Rankings)
Lawdragon "National Finalist" in its Fifth Annual Guide to the Leading Lawyers in America, 2010
Thompson Coburn LLP
Missouri Technology Corporation, Counsel, 2009-Present
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.
He co-chairs Thompson Coburn's Corporate Department and also serves on the Firm's Management and Executive Committees.
Drawing on his more than 35 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.
Supporting worldwide growth of Enterprise
Served as counsel to large strategic investor regarding $1.9 billion enterprise value cross-border "going private" transaction and equity rollover (2018-2019)
Served as counsel to a publicly held advanced materials manufacturer regarding its $584 million cross-border strategic acquisition by a publicly held materials manufacturer (2014).
Served as counsel to a diversified marketing and incentives company regarding 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.
"Fiduciary Duties of Pension System Trustees,"
"Insider Trading Compliance Training,"
Chambers USA Recognizes Thompson Coburn Practices for Excellence in 2023 Guide
Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2022 Chambers USA
Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2021 Chambers USA
Congratulations to our 2021 Best Lawyers ‘Lawyers of the Year’ and ‘Ones to Watch’
Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2020 Chambers USA
Thompson Coburn gives an assist to St. Louis ownership group in successful bid for Major League Soccer team
Congratulations to our 14 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2020
17 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2019 Chambers USA
Congratulations to our 14 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2019
Congratulations to our 14 'Lawyers of the Year' for 2018
23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA
Thompson Coburn assists with merger of St. Louis Minority Business Council, Regional Chamber
Congratulations to our 8 ‘Lawyers of the Year’
25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA
27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA
19 Thompson Coburn partners named 2013 St. Louis Lawyers of the Year
Thompson Coburn partner Tom Litz receives national honor for client service
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