Experience, Commercial mind-set,

Professionalism, Integrity, Personal


Mergers and Acquisitions, 

Corporate​ and Commercial



ZSM is a privately owned consultancy based in the United Kingdom providing transaction management and

non-executive services.

ZSM’s sole shareholder and director is Richard Thomas, a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and an experienced company and commercial lawyer with a career of over 38 years at leading international law firms.

ZSM services cover mergers and acquisitions both in the UK and cross-border and a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, including reorganisations, joint ventures, management buy-outs, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital, distribution and agency contracts, the acquisition and licensing of intellectual property and corporate governance.


ZSM is incorporated as a private company with limited liability in England & Wales under number 11157284. Richard Thomas is its sole shareholder and director.




Richard is a company and commercial lawyer with a practicing career of 38 years. He qualified as an English Solicitor in 1981 whilst at Clifford Chance (where he spent 5 of his 8 years as an associate working in their Amsterdam office) and was a partner at Sinclair Roche & Temperley, Salans (where he was co-head of the Global Corporate Group) and Vedder Price. He specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, in which his experience spans many sectors, from chemicals to engineering, oil and gas, financial services, transportation and high-tech, within the United Kingdom, the United States, Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Richard read Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge and speaks Dutch (fluently), French and German, as well as his native English.