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Goodwin
12, RUE D'ASTORG
75008 PARIS
France

France > Private equity: Fund formation Tier 1

Goodwin covers a wide range of private investment funds, including private equity, infrastructure, venture capital, hedge and listed funds. It assists with large-scale GP-led liquidity events, co-investment pools and complex incentive arrangements. The team also comprises of embedded tax, regulatory and finance experts. Practice head Arnaud David advises funds of funds on a wide range of matters, including fundraising, separately managed accounts and fund investments. Sarah Michel advises French and European investment funds on matters such as fund formation and structuring, carried-interest schemes for management teams and structuring co-investments.

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Testimonials

‘The team is distinguished by its capacity for execution, its availability and its reactivity.’

‘The partner in charge has a transversal vision of the various market negotiations. He stands out for his ability to analyze complex situations with regard to the negotiations and exchanges in which he has participated in the past.’

Key clients

Andera Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Artemid

Azulis Capital

Cerea Partners

Committed Advisors

Jolt Capital

Latour Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the fundraising of Antin Infrastructure Partners MidCap I totalling €2.2bn of commitments.
  • Advised Latour Capital on the fundraising of Latour Capital III totalling €1bn of commitments.
  • Advised Committed Advisors on the fundraising of Committed Advisors Secondary Fund IV totalling €1.6bn of commitments.

France > Banking and finance: transactional work Tier 2

Praised for its ‘knowledge of leveraged finance‘ and ‘technical know-how in structuring new types of financing’. Goodwin's team typically handles complex mandates involving acquisition and leveraged financing, including those featuring unitranche bond issuances and other debt facilities. On the borrower side, the team frequently acts for major private equity houses and corporate borrowers. On the lender side, the practice advises key players such as BlackRock and BNP Paribas. The restructuring finance team has been recently strengthened by the arrival of Céline Domenget-Morin from White & Case LLP. The department is led by Arnaud Fromion. Frédéric Guilloux and Adrien Paturaud are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Fromion

Testimonials

‘Goodwin has perfect knowledge of leveraged finance and therefore knows how to support us in the best possible way and in very complex matters. Its technical know-how in structuring new types of financing is also invaluable.’

‘We have worked a lot this year with Adrien Paturaud, who is always available and pragmatic in technical discussions and during the negotiations. He is always attentive and knows how to take the time to answer our questions.’

Key clients

Alcentra

Arcmont Asset Management

Ares Management

Artemid

BlackRock

BNP Paribas

Bpifrance

Capza

Cerea Partners

Crédit Industriel et Commercial (CIC)

Crédit Agricole CIB

CVC Credit Partners

Equistone Partners Europe

Hayfin

Iliad

Keensight Capital

LGT Capital Partners

Lion Capital

NJJ Telecom Europe

Rothschild & Co

Télécom Réunion Mayotte

Tikehau Capital

Tokheim Services Group

France > Private equity: LBO Tier 2

Goodwin has a well-established reputation acting for buyers, sellers, investors, boards and special committees. Its work covers matters such as public-to-private deals, exits and recapitalisation mandates. As a strong player in the mid-cap market, the team offers clients the benefits of a cross-sector and cross-border platform through its close collaboration with the firm’s international offices, providing global-standard French, UK and US counsel. The group is also known for its capabilities in the venture capital space. Maxence Bloch, who is experienced in acquisitions of listed and unlisted companies, heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Maxence Bloch

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Maitrejean

Testimonials

‘Thomas Maitrejean provided legal advice tailored to a very complex situation and led our case with efficiency in a very difficult context.’ 

‘Very sharp sector expertise. In-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment.’

Key clients

Azulis Capital

B & Capital

Cerba Healthcare

Equistone Partners Europe

Eurazeo

IK Investment Partners

Ipackchem

Montefiore Investment

PAI Partners

Prenax

Sandaya

The Dubbing Brothers Company

Time for Growth

Unigrains

Work highlights

  • Advised Cerba Healthcare on the reinforcement of their capital structure with existing shareholders and its long-term partner, PSP Investments (“PSP”), welcoming EQT Private Equity (“EQT”) as new shareholder and completing the exit of Partners Group, in the context of its sixth LBO.
  • Assisted the founders and majority shareholders of The Dubbing Brothers Company in the context of the owner buy out.
  • Acted for Equistone Partners Europe on the acquisition of Accès Industrie from management, Parquest Capital, Crédit Mutuel Equity and Irdi Soridec Gestion.

France > Private equity: venture/growth capital Tier 2

Goodwin acts for venture and growth capital funds as well as for emerging and scale-up companies on their fundraising, governance, and growth activities. Clients include strategic institutional investors, technology and life sciences companies, venture funds as well as French and global start-ups and entrepreneurs from other sectors. Thomas Dupont-Sentilles has experience in handling high-value financing mandates, both domestic and cross-border. The arrival of Anne-Charlotte Rivière from Dechert LLP, who specialises in venture capital in the life sciences and technology sectors, has bolstered the team. Benjamin Garçon is experienced in working with start-ups and SMEs.

Testimonials

‘We worked with a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, attentive and extremely available, who was able to send us wise and enlightened advice. We noted the professionalism as well as the responsiveness of the team. They were able to put us at ease and tackle all the subjects with great clarity and kindness, adapting to our constraints (especially for invoicing). Special mention to Anne-Charlotte Larivière for her managerial coaching.’

‘The firm stands out thanks to the availability and knowledge of the lawyers who work there. The lawyers with whom we have worked are competent, efficient and humane people. They quickly understand the issues and needs related to our business, and thus provide support to meet the needs. Their experience is also extremely rewarding, with an excellent vision of our challenges and our business sector.’

‘The Goodwin team has demonstrated enormous technical and business knowledge. Extremely responsive and creative. They have made it possible to effectively arrive at safe and satisfactory solutions in a context of complicated negotiations with many interlocutors and diverging interests.’

‘Benjamin Garçon is an incredibly talented lawyer. Extremely legally competent, efficient. His ability to understand business issues is exceptional and allows him to intelligently defend the interests of his clients, to offer solutions that are perfectly suited to all parties. He has an excellent ability to negotiate even when relations can be strained, and knows how to intelligently align the different interlocutors.’

Key clients

83North

Anterra Capital

Assurly

Benchmark Capital Partners

Bpifrance

eCential Robotics

Eight Roads

Eni Next

European Digital Group

Gemini Investments

Gilde Healthcare

Left Lane Capital

Libeo

Montefiore Investment

Quadrille Capital

Sofinnova Partners

Tikehau Capital

UroMems

Vsquared Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised the pool of financial investors on the €75m Series A financing round of Mnemo Therapeutics, a French biotechnology company.
  • Advised Benchmark Capital Partners on the lending of €50m Series A financing round of Sorare, a French startup which specialises in fantasy football and the NFT player cards.
  • Advised French Fintech startup Libeo on its €20m Series A financing round.

France > Insolvency Tier 3

Led by Céline Domenget-Morin, Goodwin's practice is especially sought after by bondholders and banks, but also acts for debtors. The team recently earned several high-profile new instructions, notably playing a key role in Vallourec’s financial restructuring. The hospitality, construction and automotive sectors also feature in the recent caseload.

Practice head(s):

Céline Domenget-Morin

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and small team that follows the entire negotiations. Extensive preparation, great ability to anticipate the strategies developed by other parties. Good complementarity with the other teams of the firm which allows them to be proactive in the search for a solution.’

‘Céline Domenget-Morin is very available, very attentive. She anticipates possible sticking points in the discussions and has relationships with the various stakeholders.’

‘A very professional team at the service of creditors. A perfect mastery of business issues.’

‘The members of the team are very involved, lead the negotiations according to the directions given by the clients and do not forget to show pragmatism and creativity.’

‘The team is experienced, competent, attentive to the client, responsive, committed, with a strong capacity for work.’

‘We worked with Céline Domenget-Morin, who is very experienced, very competent, and knows all the players in restructuring very well.’

Key clients

TVO

Groupe Rabot Dutilleul

BNP Paribas

Natixis

CIC

La Banque Postale

Banque Palatine

Société Générale

CACIB

Work highlights

  • Advised the RCF Ad Committee Lenders on the negotiation of the financial restructuring of Vallourec.
  • Advised a pool of banks, existing lenders of Pierre & Vacances, on the negotiations  of a new financing while part of the existing bank debt is elevated.
  • Advised Finnish electricity producer Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) on the negotiations of the amendments to the OL3 EPR project 2018 Global Settlement Agreement with the plant supplier consortium companies.

France > Tax Tier 3

Goodwin's small team excels in the private equity sphere. The tax team works alongside the firm’s corporate and fund formation practices to assist a wide range of leading private equity houses and investment funds with their transactional and fund formation matters, ranging from mid- to large-cap matters. The tax practice also assists investors with venture capital transactions and has expertise in real estate tax. Additionally, the group also advises companies, often featuring in their fund clients’ portfolio. Practice head Marie-Laure Bruneel and Charles-Henri de Gouvion Saint-Cyr are both highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Laure Bruneel

Testimonials

‘Marie-Laure Bruneel is a fantastic tax lawyer. She is always reachable for issues as they arise, is creative around structuring problems, is very well versed in all of the details of the business and is an excellent communicator to both management and the owners.’

Key clients

Ace Management

Acrelec

Ares Management Corporation

Andera Partners

Artemid

Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Cerba Healthcare

Committed Advisors

Eight Roads Ventures Europe III LLP

EMZ Partners

Equistone Partners Europe

Exxelia

F-Prime Capital Partners Tech Fund II LLP

Hayfin Capital Management

IK Investment Partners

Ipackchem

Jeito Capital

Keensight Capital

Latour Capital Management

LFPI Gestion

Lion Capital

Parquest Capital

Rossignol

Sandaya

Tikehau Capital

Tokoro Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Cerba Healthcare on tax aspects regarding the reinforcement of its capital structure with existing shareholders and its long-term partner, PSP Investments, welcoming EQT as new shareholder and completing the exit of Partners Group, in the context of its sixth LBO.
  • Advised Latour Capital Management on tax aspects regarding the fundraising of their third generation of funds for a total amount of more than €1bn.
  • Advised Tokoro on tax aspects as they closed their first ever real estate acquisition of an office building fully refurbished located 86 rue de Courcelles in Paris 8ème.

France > Mergers and acquisitions Tier 4

Goodwin

Practice head(s):

Maxence Bloch

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Maitrejean; Jérôme Jouhanneaud

Testimonials

‘Incredible availability. Very strong relationship of trust. Relevant and responsive advice. Pragmatic.’

‘The lawyers are very available and have good knowledge of our activity and technical competence.’

Key clients

Adista

Bruneau

Cerba Healthcare

Demand Science Group

Exclusive Networks

Novepan

OpusLine

Orolia

Plug Power

Rabot Dutilleul

Repligen Corporation

Rossignol

Salsify

SparingVision

Wiser Solutions, Inc

Zionexa

Work highlights

  • Advising Zionexa and its shareholders on the sale of the group to GE Healthcare Holding, a leading global medical technology, pharmaceutical diagnostics and digital solutions innovator.
  • Advising Plug Power Inc on the creation of a hydrogen mobility joint venture HyVia, with Renault Group.
  • Advising Exclusive Networks on the acquisition of the entire distribution business of the Polish value-added distribution group Veracomp S.A..

France > Real estate Tier 4

Goodwin

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Testimonials

‘Sarah Fleury and Charles-Henri Gouvion de Saint Cyr were not only very responsive on the file, dedicated to client service, but also very creative on the proposed structuring, while maintaining high standards on legal and tax analysis. They are essential in the real estate lawyer market and have a perfect knowledge of the sector and market players, which has ensured fluidity in the processing of cases.’

‘Trusted and quality support’.

‘We have met people who are available and attentive. Good advice and legal product deliveries on short notice.’

‘The real estate team is proactive which is what makes it strong. They have a high level of expertise on sharp issues and take a stand! They are fact- and business-oriented. Flexible, proactive, and happy to work as a team.’

‘I really enjoy working with Sarah Fleury and her team. The team is pragmatic and business-minded even on complicated points. Always good advice!’

‘Strong technicality, responsiveness and well-established synergies with the entire firm, both in France and abroad, allowing them to bring tailor-made responses to the diverse and varied demands of their clients. The team, which has particularly sharp expertise in the hotel, workspaces, logistics, construction and even life science sectors, is able to provide practical, pragmatic and innovative solutions for its clients.’

‘The young partner Sarah Fleury has extensive experience and demonstrates a creative, but rigorous approach. In addition, associate Melody Pagès is exceptionally efficient, demonstrates remarkable professionalism and has very specific technical skills.’

Key clients

Caisse des Dépots et des Consignations

Clarion Gramercy (UK) Limited

Coffim

GreenOak Europe

Groupe Amaury

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

HqO

IK Investment Partners

Meininger Hotel Europe

MACSF

Oaktree Capital Management

Parquest Capital

Keys REIM

RoundShield Partners

Tokoro Capital

French Food Capital

Repligen

France Thermes

Moderna

Johnson&Johnson

Patron Capital Partners

Cromwell

Avanquest Software / Claranova

Alvarium Osesam

DocCity

France > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Goodwin launched its practice with the arrival of private equity specialist Anne-Charlotte Rivière, formerly at Dechert LLP, in May 2021.

Firm Overview:
Goodwin’s 1,000 plus lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation, and world-class advisory services in the financial, life sciences, private equity, real estate, and technology industries. The firm’s unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and the investors in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven economy sets Goodwin apart. To learn more, visit www.goodwinlaw.com and follow Goodwin on Twitter (@goodwinlaw), LinkedIn (@goodwinlaw), Facebook (@join_goodwin), and Instagram (@join_goodwin).

Main Areas of Practice:
Complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world class advisory services in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.

Complex Transactions:
A sophisticated, versatile team of transactional lawyers provides broad market perspective, serves as a business partner on strategic transactions, and advises clients on structuring and developing new and innovative products and services. Areas of expertise include buyouts and acquisitions, capital markets, debt finance, financial restructuring, growth equity, impact and responsible investing, mergers and acquisitions, new company formation, private investment funds, REITs and real estate mergers and acquisitions, search funds, tax, and venture capital.

World-Class Advisory Services:
Experienced regulatory lawyers, including many former high-ranking government officials and regulators, guide clients through the complex conundrum of government regulations with insight and ingenuity – always with an eye toward maximizing business opportunities while minimizing risk. Areas of expertise include antitrust and competition,
banking, environmental, ERISA and executive compensation, FDA, FinTech, global trade, investment management, labor and employment, and privacy and cybersecurity.

High-Stakes Litigation:
Goodwin litigators provide cost-effective, results-oriented representation in high-profile matters across the United States. The firm employs a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach, helping clients settle disputes, mitigate risk, defend their interests, and, in most cases, avoid trial altogether. Areas of expertise include appellate, business and commercial, government investigations and enforcement, environmental, financial industry, intellectual property, labor and employ-ment, privacy and cybersecurity, products liability and mass torts, securities, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and white collar defense.

Paris:
Goodwin’s Paris-based lawyers, who have been recognized as one of the leading private equity and mergers and acquisitions teams in France, specialize in leveraged buyouts, private equity and public-to-private transactions for French and foreign private equity funds. Goodwin’s private equity practice is focused primarily in the middle market. The practice’s deep market knowledge and industry relationships help clients secure deals and build equity value across a broad range of sectors, including technology, healthcare, and financial and consumer services.

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