Tom Whelan - McDermott Will & Emery


Tom Whelan focuses his practice on private equity, advising private equity sponsors, multi strategy funds, other private capital investors and corporates, helping them deploy capital across the world.

Tom handles buyouts, including secondary buy-outs and secondaries, take privates and co-investments, general M&A, bolt-ons, management incentive plans, restructurings and refinancings through to exits. During the course of any investment, Tom advises on portfolio company work and any changes to management incentive plans.

Tom regularly executes transactions in regulated sectors such as healthcare, technology, media and telecoms, financial services, water and energy, as well as handling many transactions in other sectors such as real estate, hotels and leisure, food, consumer and retail, industrial and automotive.


  • Advised Fortress on its acquisition of the Majestic Wines retail business*
  • Advised Trilantic on its buyout of James Grant Group*
  • Advised IDI on its buyout of Mangar Health*
  • Advised Pamplona Capital on various £500m+ acquisitions in the UK/Europe*

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  • Chambers UK, Private Equity: Buyouts: Mid-Market, 2022-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, M&A Law and Private Equity Law, 2023-2024
  • Acritas Stars, Independently Rated Lawyer, 2020
  • The Legal 500 UK, Private Equity Transactions: Mid-Market Deals, Leading Individual, 2022-2024
  • IFLR1000, Private Equity, 2022-2023


  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • BVCA


University of Durham, BA (Hons), 1990

England & Wales