Gemma Roberts

Gemma Roberts

PartnerCo-Chair, London Office
Gemma Roberts
London
+44 (0)20 7447 4204

Gemma Roberts is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group and co-chair of the London office. Gemma specializes in representing private equity sponsors and private companies in leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and joint ventures. She has extensive experience with cross-border transactions, complex carve-outs and representing senior executives in corporate transactions as well as undertaking corporate and commercial advisory work for a broad range of corporate clients and private equity portfolio companies. Gemma works with clients in industries ranging from software, technology, financial and business services, to food and consumer products.

Recognition

  • 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020 Next Generation Partner by Legal 500 UK
  • 2022 Leading Lawyer for Private Equity by IFLR1000
  • 2021 Top Private Equity Practitioner in UK in Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Expert Guide
  • 2019 Rising Star (40 under 40) for Private Equity list, published by Legal Week
  • 2018 Winner- UK Lawyer of the Year by The Deal
  • 2018 Transatlantic M+A Team of the Year by LegalWeek
  • 2018 Pan European Legal Adviser of the Year by Real Deals
  • 2018 Rising Star (40 under 40) for Private Equity by Law360
  • 2018 Nominated for Euromoney’s Women in Business Law for Best in Private Equity

Gemma is also chair of Women@Goodwin in London and is actively involved in Goodwin’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Recent pro bono representation includes Resurgo Trust and Sheen Mount Primary School.

Representative Matters

  • Accel-KKR
    • on a significant growth investment in Masabi, the ticketing innovations company
    • on its US $45 million series E share financing of Performance Horizon Group Limited, a UK based global tech company providing an enterprise SaaS platform for international companies to track online sales and pay commissions to third party marketers
  • Battery Ventures on its equity investment in Vita Mojo, a developer of a digital ordering and restaurant management system, servicing clients including Nandos, Leon and Yo! Sushi
  • Active Partners on its £10 million growth equity investment in Facetheory, a UK based affordable skincare brand   
  • CoreHR and its shareholders, including longstanding firm clients JMI Equity and JMI Services, in connection with the sale of CoreHR to The Access Group
  • An American multinational investment bank and financial services company on its investment of approximately US $40 million in Series B Preferred Shares of Secure Code Warrior Limited, a global secure coding company that provides a unique and proven suite of secure coding tools within one powerful SaaS platform, helping developers write secure code from the start
  • Spice Private Equity (Bermuda) Ltd on its acquisition of a significant minority stake and subsequent follow on investments, alongside Active Partners, in Leon Restaurants, a naturally fast food chain
  • General Catalyst in connection with its Series C investment in Kano Computing Limited
  • JMC Capital and their portfolio company, Source Code, a manufacturer of server systems in connection with its acquisition of Broadberry Data Systems, a leading manufacturing of high-end custom servers
  • TA Associates
    • on the sale of its portfolio company, Paula’s Choice, a digital-led skin care brand and a pioneer of science-backed products and direct to consumer e-commerce, to Conopco, Inc.
    • on the sale of a majority stake in The Nintex Group, a global workflow and content automation business
  • The Halifax Group and their portfolio company, BCI Burke, a playground equipment supplier on its acquisition of Percussion Play, a leading manufacturer of outdoor musical instruments
  • Graphite Capital on its sale of Standard Brands, manufacturers of branded and private label ignition products including solid and liquid firelighters, charcoal and firelogs
  • Charlesbank and their portfolio company, PF Concept International BV, in connection with its acquisition of SPS (EU) Holdings Limited, a promotional merchandise company 
  • DST Global
    • in connection with its investment, as part of a US $230 million financing round, in Checkout.com
    • in connection with its investment in Revolut Limited, a payment services provider
    • in connection with its investment in Simple Energy ‘Bulb’
    • on its series investing rounds in Deliveroo, the online food delivery company
  • Optum Ventures
    • in connection with its investment in Kaia Health, a digital therapeutics start-up
    • on its investment in Icometrix, a global expert in brain imagining AI solutions
  • Better Capital in connection with its sale of Santia Holdco Limited, a UK health and safety business, to Alcumus Holdings, a portfolio company of Inflexion
  • G Square Healthcare Private Equity on its acquisition of the Brookdale Care Homes business
  • JMI Services in connection with an equity investment in Concorde Solutions, a software solutions business
  • Ares Management on its acquisition of GoNative, a provider of services apartments to corporate executives and leisure travelers
  • Bain Capital
    • in respect of its £230 million acquisition of a majority stake in Plasma Resources UK Ltd from the UK Department of Health,
    • on its US $1.3 billion acquisition of Atento from Telefonica, and its acquisition of the Styron Division of the Dow Chemical Corporation for $1.6 billion*

  • Alliance, a portfolio company of Ampersand, on its acquisition of DDS, a contract research organisation
  • the management team of Forterro on the €1 billion sale of Forterro to Partners Group
  • the founder of GlobalWebIndex (GWI) in respect of $180 million series B investment, by Permira Funds
  • GTT Communications Inc.
    • on its sale of its infrastructure business to I Squared Capital for US$2.15 billion. I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment management firm focusing on energy, utilities, digital infrastructure, transport and social infrastructure 
    • in connection with its US $2.3 billion acquisition of Interoute Communications, a European fiber-optic network services provider
    • on its €50 million acquisition of KPN International, a telecommunications and IT provider
  • Shareholders of Receipt Bank / Dext on its majority sale to Hg Capital
  • Blancco Technology Group plc
    • a global B2B provider of mobile device diagnostics and secure data erasure products, on its acquisition of WipeDrive
    • on its acquisition of Inhance Technology, a mobile diagnostics business
  • WisdomTree Investments Inc., in connection with its US $611 million acquisition of ETF Securities’ European exchange-traded commodities, currency and short-and-leveraged business
  • Delivery Hero in connection with its acquisition of certain food delivery business assets from Zomato Media Private Limited for circa $150 million
  • Scopely, an interactive entertainment company and a leading mobile games publisher in its investment in and developer arrangements with Mediatonic, a leading game developer in the UK
  • Acquia Inc, an open source digital experience company, on its acquisition of Cohesion Web Technologies, a software business
  • Varsity Tutors, an education platform, in the acquisition of First Tutors, an early stage online private tuition business
  • Sophos Group, a security software and hardware company, in connection with the acquisition of Barricade Solutions, an early stage security analytics provider
  • SpeedCast International Limited in respect of its acquisition of Hermes Datacommunications International Limited, a leading global provider of managed network services for the upstream oil and gas industry
  • GreenOak Real Estate on its acquisition of Grafton Advisers (2006) LLP, a London-focused real estate firm, specialising in investment, development and asset management
  • Luxembourg property company on the disposal of its Dutch property portfolio to Hansteen Holdings for €106 million

Credentials

Education

Legal Practice Course2006

BPP Law School

(with Distinction)

B.A. Hons Law2005

University of Cambridge

Admissions

Bars

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Publications

Co-Author, “New UK Corporate COvernance Reporting Requirements,” Goodwin Client Alert, December 2018
Speaker, “Negotiating Term Sheets,” Founders Forum/Founders of the FUtuer Launchpad Weekend, January 21, 2017