James Grimwood is a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group. He has extensive experience advising on a wide range of corporate and private equity work, including a wide variety of M&A, leveraged buyouts, minority investments, venture transactions, carve outs, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations. He represents financial institutions, corporates, founders and management teams on transactions of all types and sizes, both domestically and cross-border. He has a wealth of experience handling transactions across a number of different sectors, including technology and communications, media, energy, leisure, healthcare and education.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2020, Mr. Grimwood was a partner at CMS, where he headed the firm’s Global Private Equity group.

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Mr. Grimwood’s representative experience includes advising on the following:

  • Mayfair Equity Partners on a number of transactions including:
    • its sale of Talon Outdoor, provider of marketing and outdoor advertising services, to Equistone Partners Europe
    • its US$41 million growth investment in eGym, a leading global fitness technology developer
    • its investment in Tangle Teezer, a global haircare brand, valuing the company at more than £70 million 
    • its portfolio company, Parcel2Go, and its shareholders in its agreement with EQT Private Equity in which EQT will acquire a majority stake in Parcel2Go. Parcel2Go has grown to be the category leader, providing marketplace services to all major UK carriers, offering collection and delivery services throughout the UK, Europe, and countries across the world
    • its acquisition of Stork Topco Limited and its subsidiaries through which Seraphine Limited, a maternity clothing retailer and designer operates
    • its sale of SuperAwesome, developer of tools to create safer digital experiences for younger audiences, to Epic Games
    • the buyout of atHome Group, the market leading online real estate and auto classifieds business in Luxembourg*
    • the buyout of Parcel2Go, the UK’s largest price comparison website for parcel delivery services*
    • a minority investment, as part of a Series C fundraise, for Ultrahaptics, a leader in mid-air haptics technology*
    • the buyout of Hotels & More, together with a series of follow-on acquisitions to form Tour Partners Group, an inbound tour operator for group and individual tours*
    • its investment in Talon Outdoor, the out-of-home specialist media agency*
    • its minority investment in OVO, the UK’s largest independent energy supplier*
  • Antin Infrastructure Partners
    • its acquisition of Pulsant, a nationwide provider of data centre and cloud infrastructure in the UK
    • its investments in both Hesley and Kisimul, businesses in the social infrastructure sector which provide acute special educational needs to children and young adults*
  • LDC on a number of transactions including:
    • its acquisition of Wifinity, a Gigabit Internet Service Provider, with products and services connecting over 6 million people a year
    • its investment into Beekman Associates, a developer and provider of the data-driven marketing procurement platform RightSpend
    • its minority investment in Croud, a leading global digital marketing agency*
    • the buyout of Onecom, a business telecommunications provider*
    • advising both LDC and management on the exit of FC Business Intelligence, a global conference events provider, to Thomson Reuters*
  • AURELIUS on a number of transactions including:
    • its acquisition of GKN Wheels & Structures, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of off-highway wheels
    • its acquisition of Bertram Books, a global multi-channel bookseller*
  • Cinven on its acquisition of Partner in Pet Food (PPF), a leading European pet food manufacturer*
  • Inflexion on a number of buyouts including:
  • Xtrac, a manufacturer of high performance transmission systems*
  • Atcore, a travel technology business*
  • Risk Capital Partners on a number of transactions including:
    • the buyout, and subsequent disposal to Bridgepoint Development Capital of cruise.co, an online cruise holiday company*
    • the buyout from Thomas Cook, and subsequent disposal to LDC, of travel business Neilson Active Holidays*
  • A number of family office investors on a range of transactions, including the buyout of OEG Offshore from KKR, and the disposal of part interest in Seaway Heavy Lifting Group to Subsea 7*
  • The founders and management team on the sale of HolidayTaxis Group to Cinven backed HotelBeds*
  • The owners of Medivet, the veterinary pet care business, on the minority investment by Inflexion*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.


Mr. Grimwood is noted as a leader in private equity by the two major UK legal directories, Chambers and Legal 500. According to Legal 500, Mr. Grimwood is “that very rare lawyer who is extremely and fiercely commercial as well as…pragmatic and sharp on the law.” Chambers describes Mr. Grimwood as standing out for his “commercial awareness, sector knowledge, attention to detail, quality of output and project management.” Mr. Grimwood has been named in The Lawyer Hot100 list.

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L.P.C., 1997
College of Law London
LL.B., 1996
King's College London
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