William Robert, a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity Group, focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, including multi-jurisdictional transactions. He advises sponsors and management on leveraged buyouts and other private equity transactions and counsels corporate groups regarding acquisitions, divestments and general corporate matters. He also has particular expertise in financing transactions and corporate real estate.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2016, Mr. Robert was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin) in Paris. Previously, he practiced at Clifford Chance (Paris and London).

Mr. Robert was mentioned in Tier Two in Private Equity for 2016 and 2015 By Legal 500 EMEA and is a member of the team ranked N°1 in LBO operations superior to €300 million, by the French publication Option Droit et Affaires in December 2015.

He is fluent in French and English.

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Mr. Robert’s recent transactions include advising:

  • PAI Partners and the management of Cerba in relation to the sale of Cerba HealthCare, a European leader in the clinical pathology business, to a consortium led by Partners Group and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP)
  • Eurazeo PME in relation to its public-to-private transaction on Orolia SA (world specialist of positioning and tracking solutions)*
  • Bpifrance, the French public investment bank, in relation to its investment alongside Eurazeo SA in Les Petits Chaperons Rouge (nursery business)*
  • Cerba Healthcare on its refinancing by High Yield bonds and the acquisitions with leverage financings of Novescia and JS Bio (medical biology)*
  • Lead Edge in the context of its second minority investment in Blablacar (car pooling business)*
  • Tikehau IM on its minority investment in Maesa (designer and manufacturer of beauty products)*
  • Astorg Partners in relation to the acquisition of worldwide calcium aluminate manufacturer Kerneos from Materis, a group controlled by Wendel*
  • The founders of Sandro Maje Claudie Pierlot group (retail) on the sale to KKR and reinvestment in the group*
  • Equistone Partners Europe on the sale and reinvestment in the Scaff’ Holding group*
  • Accor on the disposal of its high-end hotel in Paris, Sofitel Le Faubourg*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

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University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne
Postgraduate degree (DESS) in Business and Tax Law
University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne
Postgraduate degree in Management and International Business Law
Essec Business School



Avocat à la Cour, Paris, France




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