Michelle Tong is a partner in the firm’s Private Equity group. She advises private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on a broad range of matters, including leveraged buyouts, structured equity investments, distressed investments, equity and debt restructurings, joint ventures, management incentive plans and fund formations.

Ms. Tong has a wealth of experience in leading cross-border transactions, including matters in industries such as technology and life sciences.

Ms. Tong also serves as a London Local Council Leader for CRED (Goodwin’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity).

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Ms. Tong’s experience includes advising:

  • Equality Asset Management on the acquisition of a majority stake in PCMI Corporation, a Chicago-based provider of administration software 
  • TowerBrook Capital Partners
    • on the establishment of the real estate lending platform, Précis Capital Partners 
    • on the acquisition of the Azzurri Group, the owner of the ASK Italian, Zizzi and Coco di Mama brands, along with the Pod Food Limited fast food delivery service*
    • on the acquisition of CarTrawler, a leading provider of car rental and mobility solutions to the global travel industry, from BC Partners*
    • on the sale of Metallo, a metal recycler and refiner, to Aurubis AG*
    • on the investment in the GBA Group, a UK-based vehicle logistics business servicing the global automotive and shipping industries*
    • on the investment in Aernnova, a leading Spanish company specializing in the design and manufacturing of aerostructures and component parts*
    • on the acquisition of Schweighofer Fiber GmbH, an Austrian company that produces high-quality viscose pulp and bio energy, from family-owned Schweighofer Group*
    • on its investment in Van Dijk Educatie, the Netherlands’ largest provider of learning materials*
    • on its investment in Gravity Media, a UK-based provider of broadcasting equipment and solutions*
    • on the sale of a majority stake in Dutch frozen food producer Van Geloven to McCain Foods*
    • on the sale of Autodistribution, a leading distributor of aftermarket automotive parts in France, to Bain Capital*
    • on the sale of Metallum, a European leader in metals trading, recycling and logistics, to Thommen*
    • on the acquisition of Dutch frozen food producer Van Geloven from Lion Capital*
    • on the sale of a minority stake in its fund management business to Wafra*
    • on the acquisition of Independent Clinical Services, a leading healthcare staffing, services and outsourcing provider, from Blackstone*
    • on the acquisition of the Metallum group, a European leader in metals trading, recycling and logistics, from Alpha*
    • on the formation of its $1.1 billion structured asset and equity investment fund, TowerBrook Structured Opportunities II*
    • on the formation of its $800 million structured asset and equity investment fund, TowerBrook Structure Opportunities*
    • on the formation of its $4.3 billion private equity fund, TowerBrook Investors V*
    • on the formation of its $3.7 billion private equity fund, TowerBrook Investors IV*
  • GHO Capital Partners on the acquisition of Ardena, a leading contract development and manufacturing organization providing early-stage drug development and manufacturing for small to mid-sized biopharma companies*
  • Mid Europa Partners
    • on the acquisition of a majority stake in MediGroup, a Serbian private healthcare provider*
    • on the sale of Alpha Medical, a leading provider of laboratory testing services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, to Unilabs, a leading diagnostic services company owned by Apax Partners*
  • Archer Daniels Midland on the acquisition of Probiotics International Limited, a UK-based provider of probiotic supplements for human, pet and production-animal use*
  • Five Arrows Principal Investments on the sale of and co-investment in Datix, a patient safety and risk management software company*
  • KKR together with TowerBrook on their investment in OVH, a European leader in cloud infrastructure, telecommunications and web hosting services
  • Apollo
    • together with TowerBrook and York on the lender-led restructuring of the obligations of the Braas Monier group, a leading global provider of roofing products*
    • together with TowerBrook and York and their portfolio company Braas Monier on the initial public offering of the company on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange*
  • Global Loan Agency Services Limited
    • on the restructuring and refinancing of Royal IHC, a Dutch national champion in the maritime space*
    • on the restructuring of Galapagos Holding S.A.*
    • on the restructuring of BARTEC, a German manufacturer of explosion safety equipment
    • on the sale of Young’s Seafood Limited, one of the UK’s leading producers and distributors of seafood, to Karro Food Group*
  • eBay Inc. on the acquisition of Motors.co.uk from Cox Automotive Relation Solutions*
  • TransUnion on the acquisition of Callcredit, which was named "Private Equity Deal of the Year (Over $1B)" by The M&A Advisor at the 11th Annual International M&A Awards*
  • Kimmeridge Energy on the sale of Kimmeridge GmbH, its German exploration and production business, to the RDG platform, a joint venture of Petroleum Equity and RAG*
  • Metric Capital Partners on the investment in Less Mess Storage Inc., a leading operator of self-storage facilities in Central and Eastern Europe*
  • CapVest on the formation of its €440 million European buyout fund, CapVest Equity Partners III*
  • MezzVest on the formation of its €585 million European mezzanine fund, MezzVest III*
  • Lincolnshire Management on the acquisition of Fabbri Vignola, an Italian industrial group producing equipment and film products for food packaging, from IGI and the Chiarva family*
  • Sun Capital Partners
    • on Exopack Holdings S.A.’s offering of US$325 million 7 7⁄8% Senior Notes*
    • on the acquisition of the assets and business of Dreams plc, the UK’s largest beds retailer, in a pre-pack administration*
  • H.I.G. Europe
    • on its investment in St. Gilgen International School in Austria*
    • on the acquisition of the Belgian metalized paper manufacturer AR Metallizing from Ackermans & van Haaren, as well as the simultaneous acquisition of the assets of Vacumet Paper in the United States from Schoole Corporation*
  • Smurfit Kappa Group on its offering of €400 million of senior secured notes*
  • Thoma Bravo on the acquisition of the network and IT services business, InfoVista SA*
  • Bain Capital on the $1.3 billion acquisition of the business process outsourcing business Atento, from Telefonica*
  • Strategic Value Partners on the junior-led debt-for-equity restructuring of German plastics manufacturer Klöckner Pentaplast*
  • The First Lien Co-ordinating Committee of lenders to eircom on the restructuring of its €4.1 billion debt facilities*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience
Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Tong was most recently a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in London.


  • Rising Star and A UK Best Up and Coming Female Lawyer by Legal Week. This award commemorates International Women’s Day by honoring the next generation of leading female lawyers across the UK
  • 2020 Private Equity Rising Star by Financial News. The annual Financial News list profiles 25 of the most promising dealmakers, fundraisers, advisers and investor relations professionals under 40 in Europe. Ms. Tong was selected from a longlist of nearly 100 candidates and was the only legal adviser to be named to the list in 2020
  • 2020 Future Leader of Private Equity “Future 40” by Private Equity International. The annual Private Equity International list recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who are set to shape private equity over the next decade
  • 2020 Rising Star, Europe by International Financial Law Review (IFLR). The annual awards recognize the continent’s leading up-and-coming lawyers across 25 practice areas and 33 jurisdictions, with winners being selected based on their professional accomplishments, advocacy and influence within their area of experience.

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J.D., 2011
Columbia University School of Law
LL.B., 2011
Kings College London University



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