Carl Bradshaw is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and other private capital investments. Mr. Bradshaw advises investors, founders, management teams and portfolio companies on complex business transactions across the technology, healthcare and life sciences, consumer, real estate and services sectors throughout Europe. He has structured and negotiated the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border deals, including leveraged buyouts, carve-outs, add-ons, public-to-privates, consortium deals and co-investments. He also has significant financial restructuring experience advising creditors and other stakeholders on equity, governance and acquisition arrangements in relation to distress-to-control investments and special situations.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Bradshaw was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he worked on some of the most high-profile deals in the market for a wide range of sponsor clients, including Vista, Bain Capital, H.I.G., TowerBrook, Searchlight, SK Capital, Bregal, Indigo, I Squared, Madison Dearborn, Francisco Partners, Strategic Value Partners, Shamrock, Silver Point, EQT and York Capital.

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Mr. Bradshaw’s representative experience includes:

Advising Private Equity Sponsors and their Portfolio Companies

  • H.I.G Capital
    • on the partial sale of global fintech provider FNZ to General Atlantic and subsequent £1.65 billion exit to CDPQ-Generation*
    • on the €418 million sale of outdoor clothing brand Jack Wolfskin to Callaway Golf*
  • Searchlight
    • on its acquisition of a significant stake in Italian broadband provider EOLO*
    • on its co-investment with Duke Street in acquiring construction business Ardent Hire Solutions*
    • on its acquisition and exit of digital media company Ocean Outdoor*
  • Solera, a digital technology group part owned by Vista
    • on its £340 million acquisition of digital automotive provider Autodata from Bowmark and Rothschild & Co’s Five Arrows Principal Investments*
    • on its carve-out sale of CarweB to Haynes Publishing Group*
    • on its £288 million acquisition from Montagu of vehicle valuation data provider CAP Automotive*
  • MRI Software, a property technology company owned by TA Associates and GI Partners
    • on the financing of its recommended cash offer for Castleton plc
    • on its acquisition of Qube Global Software from its founders*
    • on its acquisition of Real Asset Management from its founders*
  • Vista Equity Partners on its add-on acquisition to Misys of Canadian financial technology provider DH Corporation for $4.8 billion to create Finastra*
  • Strategic Value Partners
    • on its acquisition of foam and flooring business Vita Group from TPG*
    • on the merger of Klöckner Pentaplast and LINPAC*
  • Drakewood Capital-led consortium
    • on the formation of the Waybill/Virtus investment platform*
    • on its acquisition of the North American Luvata tubes business from Nordic Capital*
    • on its acquisition of Small Tubes Products from Quilvest*
  • Madison Dearborn
    • on its £268 million take-private of AIM-listed Powerflute and subsequent carve-out sale of the Finnish fluting business to Mondi Group for €365 million*
    • on its sale of European and Chinese coreboard producer Corenso to VPK*
  • Bregal Unternehmerkapital on its add-on acquisition to Online Printers of UK internet printer Solopress*
  • SK Capital on its further investment in Swiss-headquartered specialty chemicals provider Archroma*
  • Francisco Partners on its add-on acquisition to Aesynt of Health Robotics, an Italian-headquartered supplier of intravenous medical devices*
  • Shamrock Capital on its investment in Silvergate Media, an international TV production and licensing company owning children’s entertainment properties Peter Rabbit and Octonauts*
  • TowerBrook on its acquisition of UK aircraft cabin manufacturer Aim Aviation from LDC and subsequent sale to Chinese buyer, AVIC International*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Advising on Real Estate M&A

  • Medical Properties Trust on the acquisition of a portfolio of 30 acute care hospital facilities valued at approximately £1.5 billion

Advising Founders and Management Teams

  • Founder and management of Symprove Limited on their reinvestment alongside bd-capital 
  • Management of Northgate Information Solutions on incentive arrangements in connection with its recapitalisaiton*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Advising on Financial Restructurings and Special Situations

  • Ad-hoc committee of bondholders including Silver Point, Golden Tree and Warwick on the financial restructuring and public-to-private acquisition out of a pre-pack administration of UK retail chain Debenhams*
  • Ad-hoc committee of lenders led by EQT Credit on the recapitalisation and change of control from Charterhouse of German explosive protection manufacturer BARTEC*
  • Ad-hoc committee of lenders including Bain Capital Credit, H.I.G Bayside and CQS on the financial restructuring and acquisition from Blackstone of outdoor clothing brand Jack Wolfskin*
  • H.I.G. Bayside on the loan-to-own restructuring of Spanish beauty retailer Bodybell*
  • Ad-hoc committee of lenders including York and Oak Hill on the financial restructuring and acquisition from Blackstone of UK restaurant group Casual Dining Group (f/k/a Tragus) and pre-pack sale of Strada restaurants to Sun Capital*
  • Junior lenders led by Strategic Value Partners and Perella Weinberg on the financial restructuring and acquisition from Blackstone of global packaging manufacturer Klöckner Pentaplast*
  • York Capital-led lender committee on the financial restructuring of German cable company Tele Columbus and subsequent IPO*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Activities

Mr. Bradshaw is a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, an organization that aims to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. He is also a member of the Futures Committee at Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation, a venture philanthropy organization.

Professional Experience

In 2018, Mr. Bradshaw spent nearly a year on client secondment with Bain Capital, counseling deal teams on European private equity investments.


Mr. Bradshaw has been recognised by IFLR and SuperLawyers and featured as one of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in European Legal Services by Financial News.

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Legal Practice Course, 2008
University of Law, London
Graduate Diploma in Law, 2007
Nottingham Law School
M.Phil., Innovation, Strategy or Organisation, 2006
University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
B.Sc., 2004
Loughborough University
(First Class Honors)



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