Tom Kelleher (Capital Law)

Tom Kelleher

Corporate & Private Equity

Tom is a Partner, who leads our Corporate & Private Equity team.

Tom is a mergers and acquisitions lawyer, specialising in private equity and venture capital, acting for private equity houses and management teams, as well as investee companies. He advises on equity investment, the acquisition and sale of companies and businesses, and refinancing transactions, and has taken on numerous management advisory roles on private equity-backed deals.

Tom leads Capital’s private equity practice.

Tom acts for a number of private equity houses and is lead partner for WestBridge Capital, who he has advised on 10 management buy outs and several substantial exits.

In Chambers and Partners 2019, Tom is described by clients as being “very practical and down-to earth.”

Tom is identified in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 “The very well expected and extremely experienced Tom Kelleher is one of the stand out corporate lawyers in the region, especially for private equity work.”


Capital Law are a key partner for WestBridge. We believe it is essential to have a deep working relationship with your legal partner to ensure a transaction is optimised. Tom and the team at Capital Law are pragmatic and commercial in their approach. They have an ability to successfully navigate through difficult discussions without resulting to an overly adversarial exchange but always finding an appropriate compromise for all parties.  They have the strength in depth to support us on multiple transactions and are very much an integral part of our team.

Guy Davies, Managing Partner, WestBridge Capital LLP

  • Advising WestBridge-backed APEM on its acquisition of Aspect Ecology.
  • Advising WestBridge-backed APEM on its acquisition of NASH Maritime.
  • Advising WestBridge-backed APEM on its acquisition of Macro Works.
  • WestBridge private equity house on 16 of its investments and all exits from its 1st, 2nd and 3rd funds including its:
    • management buyout of international digital commerce agency Tryzens.
    • multi-million-pound management buy-out of Techex, a leading UK cloud and video over IP specialist;
    • £17m investment in Smart Capital Technology, a provider of rapid response IT infrastructure support (Inventory-as-a-Service) to the global IT channel;
    • £9.8m investment as part of a management buy-out of APEM, Europe’s leading independent environmental consultancy business;
    • management buy-out of Eque2, a market-leading provider of business management software to the construction, contracting and house-building industries as part of a £46.5m deal;
    • sale of AJM Healthcare, a supplier of mobility support products to the NHS via a secondary buy-out to Livingbridge;
    • sale of bChannels, a leading global marketing and data services agency specializing in the technology channel, to The Channel Company, backed by US Eagle Tree Capital.
  • Advising TXO’s management team on its TowerBrook backed MBO
  • Averroes Capital on its buy-out of and growth capital investment in Journey Hospitality.
  • 4 multi-million pound sales of specialist healthcare businesses to national providers.
  • BGF on its investment in
  • RJD Partners on its investments in Survey Solutions and Improve International.
  • GTS Flexible on its management buy-out backed by Growth Capital Partners.
  • A number of PE backed businesses on multiple bolt acquisitions including, WestBridge backed APEM (Europe’s leading independent environmental consultancy business), MML backed Veezu (UK’s fastest growing taxi and private hire technology platform with more than 8000+ active driver-partners) and Livingbridge backed AJM Healthcare (a supplier of mobility support products to the NHS).
  • A well-known media company on a series of investments by several high-profile high net worth and institutional investors to fund the development of national and international television projects.
  • Group restructuring
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Venture capital transactions


  • Partner, Capital Law Limited (2014 – present)
  • Associate, Capital Law LLP (2009 – 2014)
  • Solicitor, Capital Law LLP (2007-2009)
  • Solicitor, Pardoes Solicitors (2004 – 2007)


  • Cardiff University: LPC (2001)
  • Cardiff University: Law (1996 – 2000)

Memberships / Trustee Positions

  • The Law Society of England and Wales