Thomas Smith is an English-qualified partner in the Finance Group of the London office. Recommended by Chambers UK (2020), The Legal 500 UK (2020) and IFLR1000 (2020), he acts for borrowers, sponsors, funds and financial institutions on a wide range of financing transactions, including complex acquisition and leveraged finance transactions (both syndicated bank loan and high-yield transactions) at all levels of the capital structure, and capital call facilities and other alternative capital transactions for investment funds. In The Legal 500 UK (2020), Mr. Smith is praised for his ability “to explain complex issues in a straight-forward manner and focus on the real issues, rather than the minutia.”
Mr. Smith is the author of “Changing Tides for Subscription Line Facilities,” Private Equity International (March, 2016) and “Renaissance In European Second Lien Financings,” Financial News: Private Equity News (February, 2015); he is co-author of the analysis chapter, “Side letters: Pitfalls and Perils for a Financing,” in Global Legal Insights to Fund Finance (2018, 2019 and 2020 editions); “What You Need To Know About Sub Lines For SMAs,” Private Debt Investor (August, 2018); “Mega-Funds and Their Mega-Financings,” Private Equity International (February, 2018); and “Fund Finance Focus: Don’t Neglect The Positives,” Private Debt Investor (July, 2017). He also provided input to the European High Yield Association on precedent development.
Mr. Smith joined the firm in May 2007. He graduated in 2002 with an LL.B. from the University of Nottingham. He went on to study at Nottingham Law School in 2003, where he obtained an LPC with distinction. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2006.