Thomas S. Ward


Ward, Thomas S.

Tom Ward is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group and serves as chair of WilmerHale's International Corporate Transactions Group. His practice focuses on corporate and securities matters, with an emphasis on public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital work and international transactions.


Mr. Ward has extensive experience as both purchaser's and seller's counsel in mergers and acquisitions transactions. His mergers and acquisitions representations include:

  • Alantos Pharmaceuticals Holding in its acquisition by Amgen
  • Bacardi Limited in its acquisition of Angel's Share Brands and its Angel's Envy bourbon brand
  • Danaher Corporation in its tender offer and acquisition of Trojan Technologies
  • Empirix Inc. in its acquisition by Thoma Bravo
  • MicroStrategy Incorporated in the sale of its subsidiary to Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories
  • Newforma Inc. in its acquisition by Battery Ventures
  • Valance Media in its formation through the combination of House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital, dick clark productions and Billboard Hollywood Reporter Media Group

Mr. Ward has represented both issuers and underwriters in numerous public and private offerings, and has participated in offerings by both domestic and foreign issuers. His capital markets representations have included:

  • Akamai Technologies in issuances of an aggregate of $400 million of convertible senior notes and common stock
  • Bacardi Limited in its equity investment in Leblon Holdings
  • Franklin Street Properties in issuances of an aggregate of more than $325 million of common stock 
  • LIN TV Corp. in issuances of an aggregate of $690 million of high yield debt and convertible debentures
  • VistaPrint in its $138 million initial public offering

Mr. Ward serves as outside counsel for a number of companies in the software, information technology, e-commerce, semiconductor, robotics and media sectors, including:

  • BE Semiconductor Industries N.V.
  • Cimpress N.V.
  • MicroStrategy Incorporated
  • RightHand Robotics, Inc.

Mr. Ward also has represented the National Football League and the National Hockey League in a variety of matters, including the NFL Sunday Ticket and NHL Center Ice broadcasting packages.

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Honors & Awards

In U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings, clients said Mr. Ward "did extraordinary work representing us when our company was being acquired" and that he was "very smart" and "very well prepared."

Publications & News


February 8, 2018

WilmerHale Advises on the Formation of Valence Media, a New Diversified Media Company

WilmerHale served as legal counsel in connection with the creation of Valence Media, a new diversified media company formed through the combination of three successful media companies: Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, dick clark productions and MRC.

October 26, 2017

WilmerHale Reps Franklin Street Properties in $1B Recast of Unsecured Credit Facility

Franklin Street Properties Corporation announced that it has successfully entered into the following transactions: recast of existing unsecured credit facility into $1 billion facility and private placement of $200 million senior unsecured notes.

April 10, 2017

WilmerHale Counsels RightHand Robotics in Raising $8M in Equity Financing

RightHand Robotics, a leader in providing end-to-end solutions that reduce the cost of e-commerce order-fulfillment of industries including electronics, apparel, grocery and pharmaceuticals, announced it has raised $8 million in equity financing.

August 18, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Franklin Street Properties in $83M Closing of Common Stock Offering

Franklin Street Properties Corp. closed an underwritten public offering of its common stock on August 16, 2016.

July 20, 2016

WilmerHale Advises PerkinElmer in €500M Eurobond Offering

PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, announced that it has completed a public offering of €500 million aggregate principal amount of 1.875% Senior Notes due 2026 at an issue price of 99.118% of the principal amount.

December 17, 2015

Barclays Completes Sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial

On December 4, 2015, Barclays PLC completed the sale of its US Wealth & Investment Management Business to Stifel Financial Corp. WilmerHale represented Barclays through this transaction, which was announced on June 8, 2015.

January 28, 2010

City Year Honors WilmerHale for 20 Years of Pro Bono Service

December 19, 2002

Litigation Bulletin

Last month, the SEC published for comment Proposed Rules under Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act setting new standards of professional conduct for attorneys. The SEC will issue Final Rules by January 26, 2003.

Professional Activities

Mr. Ward serves as clerk (secretary) of City Year, Inc.


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JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1988

AB, cum laude, Princeton University, 1985

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