GOODWIN IN FRANCE

A FRENCH OFFICE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL FOCUS

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We are a leading global law firm with a history of working on groundbreaking matters, and an increasingly focused approach to working with clients in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.

Our more than 1,600 corporate and litigation lawyers leverage their specific experience and assemble full-service teams to advise clients in these and adjacent industries.

Innovation has always been a key focus and driver for our firm. We have assembled a global team dedicated to innovation across some of the most exciting sectors of the global economy from technology to life sciences to healthcare.

Our unique combination of deep experience serving both the innovators and investors in a rapidly changing, technology-driven economy sets us apart.

Learn more about our areas of expertise, offices and associates and partners.

M&A/PRIVATE EQUITY

Our 30 transactional lawyers including seven partners form one of the most extensive and well-renown corporate teams in the French market.

Our lawyers advise major industrial groups or family-owned companies, investment funds, startups, credit institutions, debt providers and management teams on the full spectrum of deal types including leveraged buyout, growth equity and venture capital deals, add-ons, carve-outs, consortium deals, co-investments, exits and recaps.

We also advise on all aspects of corporate law including offering sophisticated counsel on buy- and sell-side engagements for privately and publicly traded companies, as well as mergers, joint-ventures, tender offers, corporate governance, corporate restructurings, change in control and other key corporate and M&A events.

We are routinely involved in the most strategic mid-market and upper mid-market transactions. Our team has a proven track record of advising market-leading names on market-shaping deals in the transactional space in France.

Learn more about our M&A and Private Equity departments.

TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SCIENCES

In 2021, Goodwin extended its premier technology and life sciences platform to France.

Our team is part of a global practice present in all of our offices, representing a large portfolio of promising emerging company clients as well as top venture capitalists and private equity firms across a wide range of technology and life sciences verticals.

As such, we are uniquely situated to advise both companies and investors on transactions across the full corporate lifecycle: company formation, patent prosecution and protection, venture financing, cross-border financing, intellectual property transactions, M&A and IPO.

Testament to our international market-leading reputation, our Paris team has been particularly involved in many significant domestic and cross-border mandates.

Learn more about our Technology and Life Sciences practices.

PRIVATE INVESTMENT FUNDS

With a market-leading reputation, our Paris Private Investment Funds team is continuously called to play a leading role on many of the top funds mandates in France and in Europe. Our client base across fund types and asset classes is second to none.

The team uniquely covers the full range of private investment funds as well as large scale secondaries, fund restructurings, separate managed accounts, co-investment pools, hybrid funds, and complex incentive arrangements.

The team represents private equity investment managers in raising or deploying capital, with funds and other vehicles ranging in size from €100 million to over €6.5 billion.

Our funds team is known for having a prominent and leading presence in the Paris private equity fund market with respected specialists and an ever-increasing workload of French and European formation mandates.

Learn more about our Private Investment Funds practice.

FINANCE

Our Paris Debt Finance team offers a combination of market insight and broad experience advising borrowers, private equity sponsors and lenders in banking law, LBO, acquisitions, real estate finance, structured financing and debt restructuring.

Our lawyers work on structuring, negotiating and documenting domestic and cross-border debt financing arrangements in connection with leveraged and corporate acquisitions, investment and working capital facilities, as well as restructurings and equity bridge financings.

Building on its expertise and know-how, our team is recognized as top-flight in the French market in all the areas referred to above, regularly ranking among the best firms for finance in specialized trade publications.

Learn more about our Debt Finance practice.

REAL ESTATE

Our Paris Real Estate team advises French and international investors on a wide range of real estate transactions.

Our expertise also allows us to structure complex direct and indirect purchases and sales of interests in real estate working alongside investment managers, advisors, fund sponsors and real estate operating companies, in addition to a wide range of cross-border investors.

We work with landlords to provide comprehensive legal counsel within a variety of asset classes. Our insight into how leasing transactions fit in the broader context of real estate investment and corporate operations allows us to help our clients create and maintain a strong leasing portfolio.

Learn more about our Real estate industry practice.

FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING

In Paris, our Financial Restructuring team is skilled at both amicable proceedings (mandate ad hoc and conciliation proceedings) and insolvency proceedings (safeguard, accelerated safeguard, reorganization and judicial liquidation proceedings).

We represent debtors, financial and non-financial creditors, and shareholders facing crisis situations, as well as investors interested in the takeover of distressed companies.

As a result of our cross-border knowledge and market reputation, we are able to successfully assist clients in their international restructuring and in the framework of multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

Learn more about our Financial Restructuring practice.

TAX

Our Paris Tax team is recognized for its broad expertise and experience advising clients on tax-related aspects of all types of transactions.

With extensive experience in business and financial matters, our team is highly skilled and has a strong reputation for creating efficient tax structuring solutions arising from the financing of investments, real estate and M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings and joint ventures, as well as from the structuring of investment funds.

We are known for creating innovative fund structures that accomplish client goals and meet unique tax, regulatory and other requirements.

Learn more about our Tax practice.

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