Tom Shropshire

Partner, Linklaters

Tom is a US corporate partner based in London who acts as a lead US adviser on some of the market’s most high-profile and complex M&A and equity capital markets transactions in the United States, Europe and South Africa.

Tom is one of the architects (and currently co-head) of the firm’s Operational Intelligence Group (OIG). OIG is a global, multi-disciplinary team that helps our clients to effectively address the increasing risk, regulatory and governance challenges they face in their businesses.

Tom provides US corporate law and SEC-reporting advice to some of the firm’s largest clients.  He has also worked alongside clients to help them implement their corporate sustainability strategies.  

Tom is recognised to be a progressive lawyer who has been described by Financial News magazine as one of the “City’s finest legal minds”. He is a strong advocate of the inherent link between a business’s commercial viability and its sustainability in economic, social, environmental and ethical terms. He has worked with the United Nations Global Compact to advance corporate sustainability, particularly looking at the roles that lawyers can play. He has been the lead adviser to the Global Compact on an initiative that examined the role that general counsel have within global corporations to secure long-term commercial success by a focus on corporate sustainability.

From 2012-2015, Tom led the firm’s corporate responsibility (CR) committee, where he led the transformation of the firm’s CR strategy focusing on our “Collective Responsibility”, which was commended by the Financial Times. Tom also co-chairs the firm’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network.

Tom has been acknowledged in the Power List each year since 2013 as being one of the most influential black people in Britain. In 2013, Tom was recognised by the Diversity League Table as “Diversity Champion of the Year”. In 2014, he won the inaugural British Black Business Award for Professional Services.

Outside of work, Tom was a member of Islington Council’s Employment Commission, a task force whose objective was to increase the employability and employment rates of Islington residents. Tom is also a trustee of Prostate Cancer UK.

Tom is a member of the New York Bar, United States.