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Tom
King

Practice Lead, Political due diligence
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Tom King

Tom leads mid-market private equity work in the UK, providing political due diligence and other investment-focused services. He has advised UK and international private equity firms for over nine years, including more than two hundred deals in diverse sectors.

Outside Global Counsel he is an active adviser to civil society groups focused on democracy and information, especially anti-corruption and non-profit media organisations. Since 2018 he has been a Visiting Scholar at Jesus College Cambridge’s Intellectual Forum. He began his political career as a parliamentary researcher and speechwriter.

At GC, Tom works with investor clients to provide strategic advice on risk and opportunity for current and new investments. He is a leading practitioner in using political insights to inform valuations, strengthen growth strategies, and prepare companies for exit. 

PE-backed assets he has advised on at GC include:

  • Providing analysis of education and immigration policy in the UK, Australia, China and other jurisdictions to Study Group, the international education provider.
  • Due diligence to Totalmobile, a leader in field service management software, on UK public sector digitisation, procurement policy and local authority finance. 
  • Senior counsel and due diligence to Lights4Fun, the decorative lighting company, on trade and supply chain issues in the UK, EU and Asia.

Latest Insights by Tom King

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Deflating float offers harsh lessons for all

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The disappointing first-day performance of Deliveroo, the food delivery service hailed by UK chancellor Rishi Sunak as ‘a true British tech success story’, will be treated for years to come as a salutary lesson – even if judging an IPO on its first day might be premature.

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Permanent change in the concrete jungle

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New York City occupies a space like no other in the modern Western mind. Its liminal status, halfway between imagination and reality, has been entrenched through decades of cultural saturation. Coming to the city for the first time, you feel you have already been there; its sights and sounds are already familiar, a composite of scenes from half-remembered TV shows and…

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Pass the remote control

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Governments’ support measures for businesses hit by covid-19 have focused on maintaining liquidity through provision of emergency credit. In the UK, government-backed loan schemes have been the main protection over the past few months – but it should be equity, not debt, that revitalises the economy and pump-primes the recovery.

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Seven lockdowns

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Along with many of our clients, family and friends, GC staff have found themselves under varying levels of quarantine this week, in some cases far from home. Here some of the team consider the covid-19 politics and policies playing out around them.

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