Gemma Roberts, a partner in Goodwin’s Private Equity group, represents a broad range of private equity sponsors, corporate clients and portfolio companies on a variety of corporate and commercial advisory matters. She specializes in leveraged buyouts, growth equity and venture capital investments, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and management incentive schemes. Ms. Roberts works with clients in industries ranging from software, technology and business services, to food and consumer products. Ms. Roberts has been recognised for her legal work in numerous awards including:

  • 2019 Rising Star (40 under 40) for Private Equity by LegalWeek
  • Winner 2018 UK Lawyer of the Year by The Deal
  • 2018 Transatlantic M+A Team of the Year by LegalWeek
  • 2018 Pan European Legal Adviser of the Year by Real Deals
  • 2018 Rising Star (40 under 40) for Private Equity by Law360
  • Nominated for 2018 Euromoney’s Women in Business Law for Best in Private Equity





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Ms. Roberts' recent private equity and growth equity experience includes representing:
  • Graphite Capital on its sale of Standard Brands, manufacturers of branded and private label ignition products including solid and liquid firelighters, charcoal and firelogs
  • Spice Private Equity (Bermuda) Ltd in the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Leon Restaurants, a naturally fast food chain
  • DST Global in connection with its investment in Revolut Limited, a payment services provider and series investing rounds in Deliveroo, the online food delivery company
  • Better Capital in connection with the sale of Santia Holdco Limited, a UK health and safety business, to Alcumus Holdings, a portfolio company of Inflexion
  • G Square Healthcare Private Equity in the acquisition of the Brookdale Care Homes business
  • JMI Services in connection with an equity investment in Concorde Solutions, a software solutions business
  • Bain Capital in respect of its £230 million acquisition of a majority stake in Plasma Resources UK Ltd from the UK Department of Health, its $1.3 billion acquisition of Atento from Telefonica, and its acquisition of the Styron Division of the Dow Chemical Corporation for $1.6 billion*
Ms. Roberts' recent experience representing corporates and portfolio companies includes:
  • GTT Communications Inc., in connection with its $2.3 billion acquisition of Interoute Communications, a European fiber-optic network services provider
  • WisdomTree Investments Inc., in connection with its $611 million acquisition of ETF Securities’ European exchange-traded commodities, currency and short-and-leveraged business
  • PF Concept International BV, a portfolio company of Charlesbank, in connection with its acquisition of SPS (EU) Holdings Limited, a promotional merchandise company 
  • A U.S. corporate client in the acquisition of First Tutors, an early stage online private tuition business
  • Sophos Group, a security software and hardware company, in connection with the acquisition of Barricade Solutions, an early stage security analytics provider
  • Ares Management in the acquisition of GoNative, a provider of serviced apartments to corporate executives and leisure travelers.
  • GreenOak Real Estate in the acquisition of Grafton Advisers (2006) LLP, a London-focused real estate firm, specialising in investment, development and asset management
  • SpeedCast International Limited in respect of its acquisition of Hermes Datacommunications International Limited, a leading global provider of managed network services for the upstream oil and gas industry
  • Luxembourg property company in the disposal of its Dutch property portfolio to Hansteen Holdings for €106 million

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Legal Practice Course, 2006
BPP Law School
(with Distinction)
B.A. Hons Law, 2005
University of Cambridge



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