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 industrial 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, joint ventures and consortium deals, minority stake sales and acquisitions, structured and growth equity arrangements and co-investments. He also helps clients invest through the cycle and across the capital structure, bringing to bear significant deal experience involving stressed or distressed companies, working closely with Goodwin’s financial restructuring team on turnaround opportunities and special situations.
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Advising Private Equity Sponsors and their Portfolio Companies
  • TA Associates on the combination of Compusoft with Genstar-backed 2020 Technologies to create a global provider of planning and manufacturing solutions for residential and commercial spaces
  • EQT-backed Cerba Healthcare on its agreement to acquire specialized contract research organization Viroclinics from Summit Partners
  • Creat-backed Tiancheng International
    • on the disposal of its majority stake in Bio Products Laboratory, a specialist in the development of rare disease products using fractionated blood plasma, to Permira 
    • on its proposed €1.1 billion sale to Grifols of its indirect majority stake in Biotest, a specialist in innovative hematology and clinical immunology solutions
  • TA Associates and Stirling Square on the IPO of construction software provider Byggfakta
  • Behrman Capital-backed Emmes on its investment in Orphan Reach, a global Clinical Research Organisation specialised in rare diseases
  • LionRock Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Clarks, a UK-based, international shoe manufacturer and retailer
  • Scottish Equity Partners-backed Dotmatics on its sale to Insightful Science, an Insight Partners portfolio company providing software to the global life sciences community
  • Primus Capital-backed Cayuse on its acquisition of Haplo, a global provider of research information management solutions
  • Rare Whisky Holdings, a Hong Kong-based investment group, on its acquisition of a 49% stake in Whisky Hammer, a premium spirits auction provider
  • H.I.G Capital
    • on its 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 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*
    • on its acquisition of Canadian tube manufacturer Arzon Limited and related investment from Ares
  • 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 Founders and Management Teams
  • Management of Advent-backed enterprise software provider Unit 4 on its strategic growth buyout by TA Associates and Partners Group
  • Management of Mayfair Equity-backed parcel price comparison provider Parcel2Go on its sale to EQT
  • Founder and other shareholders of Sentenial on their sale to EML Payments, a payments technology platform
  • Founder and management of probiotic producer Symprove on their reinvestment alongside bd-capital.
Advising on Private Equity Real Estate
  • TowerBrook on the formation alongside the management founders of real estate lending platform Précis Capital targeting £1 billion of development financing a year
  • Medical Properties Trust on its acquisition of a portfolio of 30 acute care hospital facilities valued at approximately £1.5 billion from a Centerbridge-led consortium
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 Bridgepoint Credit (f/ka 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 its 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 serves on Goodwin’s Black Anti-Racism Task Force, working in partnership with the firm’s Management Committee and other Black leaders to combat anti-Black racism. He 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 working with charities tackling social injustice.

Mr. Bradshaw is actively involved in Goodwin’s pro bono activities. Recent instructions have included governance matters for Women’s Aid.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2019, Mr. Bradshaw was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in London where he spent nearly a decade in the European Private Equity team advising a wide range of global sponsors. He began his career at Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Bradshaw was seconded to Bain Capital, counseling deal teams on European private equity investments.


Mr. Bradshaw has been recognised by Legal 500 UK, IFLR and SuperLawyers, and has been 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 and Organisation, 2006
University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, 2005
University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
B.Sc., 2004
Loughborough University



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