William Robert, a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity Group, focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, including multi-jurisdictional transactions. He advises sponsors and management on leveraged buyouts and other private equity transactions and counsels corporate groups regarding acquisitions, divestments and general corporate matters. He also has particular expertise in financing transactions and corporate real estate.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2016, Mr. Robert was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin) in Paris. Previously, he practiced at Clifford Chance (Paris and London).

Mr. Robert was recognized in Private Equity for 2017 and 2016 by Legal 500 EMEA and Legal 500 Paris, and is a member of the team ranked N°1 in Mid-Cap LBO operations superior between €50 to €300 million, by the French publication Option Droit et Affaires in 2017 edition.

He is fluent in French and English.




Mr. Robert’s recent transactions include advising:

  • Astorg Partners and the other transferring partners of the Kerneos group on the sale of the group to the Imerys group
  • PAI Partners and the management of Cerba on the sale of Cerba HealthCare to a consortium led by Partners Group and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP)
  • Equistone Partners Europe SAS on the sale of Desmet Ballestra to Kartesia, Bayside and Management
  • Polo Motorrad on the acquisition of Motoblouz.com
  • Cerba Healthcare on its majority investment in Menalabs group
  • Financière Orolia and Eurazeo PME on the tender offer and squeeze-out of Orolia SA
  • The founders of Sandro Maje Claudie Pierlot group (retail) on the sale to KKR and reinvestment in the group*
  • Equistone Partners Europe on the sale and reinvestment in the Scaff’ Holding group*
  • Lead Edge on various investments and disposals in Blablacar

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

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University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne
Postgraduate degree (DESS) in Business and Tax Law
University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne
Postgraduate degree in Management and International Business Law
Essec Business School



Avocat à la Cour, Paris, France




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