Tessa Agar is an associate in Goodwin’s Business Law Department and a member of its Private Equity group. Ms. Agar advises on all aspects of corporate law, with a particular focus on mid-market private equity transactions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and growth equity and venture capital investments. Ms. Agar advises clients across a variety of industries, including technology, software, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, food and consumer products. She joined Goodwin in 2017.

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Ms. Agar's recent experience advising private equity and growth equity firms includes:
  • Accel-KKR 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • TA Associates on the sale of a majority stake in The Nintex Group, a global workflow and content automation business
  • DST Global in connection with its investment in Simple Energy ‘Bulb’
  • Bridgepoint:
    • on its sale of Leeds Bradford Airport to AMP Capital Investors for an enterprise value of £221 million
    • as lead investor in Deliveroo’s $275 million Series E funding round*
  • ICG Enterprise Trust, Risk Capital Partners and the senior management team, on their sale of The Laine Pub Company to Patron Capital and May Capital
  • Graphite Capital on its acquisition of Empowering Learning, a teacher training and recruitment business
  • Ampersand Capital on its acquisition of MedPharm Limited, a topical and transdermal formulation, design and testing service
  • Gallatin Point Capital, as part of a private equity consortium led by Centerbridge Partners, L.P., on its $952 million acquisition of Sompo Canopius AG, a global specialty lines insurer and reinsurer from Sompo Holdings
  • GMT Communications Partners:
    • on its sale of Primesight to Global
    • on its sale of Melita Plc to ABRY Partners*
    • on its sale of Addsecure to Apax France and Fortino Capital*
  • Bregal Sagemount on its investment in Options Technology, a leading provider of cloud-enabled managed services to the global financial services sector
  • Bregal Milestone on its investments in ePassi, a provider of B2B payments based in Finland and Sweden andEpipoli, a leading provider of gift cards and customer engagement services in Italy
  • Investcorp on its sale of Tyrrells to Amplify Snack Brands for an enterprise value of £300 million*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Ms. Agar’s recent experience advising corporates and portfolio companies includes:
  • WisdomTree Investments Inc. on its $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
  • Gramercy Property Europe plc on the €1.085 billion sale of its European logistics portfolio to a consortium of clients managed by AXA Investment Managers
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Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Agar was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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M.A., Law with Business, 2014
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University of Nottingham

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