Saam Golshani

Partner, Paris

Biography

Saam Golshani is consistently recognized as a key expert on both the French and international markets. Ranked Band 1 in Chambers Europe 2019 for Restructuring & Insolvency, Saam is praised by clients for being “one of the top restructuring lawyers in the French market”, “a straight shooter”,“very direct and clear in his assessments.”

Overview

Saam Golshani is a partner in the EMEA Private Equity team of our Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. He has more than 20 years' experience representing clients in all manner of M&A, private equity and restructuring transactions, in all industries, notably in the Tech sector.  

Ranked as a leading lawyer in his field by top legal directories Legal 500, Chambers and Who's Who Legal among others, Saam's reputation is based on a record of accomplishment, advising creditors, debtors, investors and potential buyers on complex matters, corporate reorganizations and insolvency proceedings.

Saam has advised on some of the most significant bankruptcies, M&A and industrial restructurings on the French market, including recently on the restructurings of Conforama, CGG*, Vivarte* and Consolis*. Distinguished as a key expert in the technology sector by Chambers Europe, Saam notably recently advised on the acquisition of Luxembourg-based data and advertisement platform Teads by Altice* and on the investment by Goldman Sachs in French visual gaming leader Voodoo*.

Fluent in French, English and Farsi, Saam is at ease navigating both domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital matters, on behalf of multinational clients, including investment funds, investment banks, entrepreneurs, industrials, listed and non-listed companies, and distressed companies. 

Saam is a frequent speaker, author and commentator on private equity and restructuring issues. He is a member of the Iranian/French lawyers association.

Saam joined the Firm in December 2018 from an international law firm in Paris, where he was Partner in charge of the French M&A-Private Equity Group and co-Head of the European Restructuring Group.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Education
MA
Business Law
Université Provence Aix-Marseille 1
Languages
French
English
Farsi

Experience

DRT and its majority shareholder Ardian (2020)
Advising DRT ("Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques"), a world leader in plant-based chemistry, mainly from pine trees, and one of the leading suppliers globally of high quality, renewable ingredients and its majority shareholer Ardian, in connection with Firmenich's exclusive agreement to acquire DRT from Ardian, Tikehau Capital and family shareholders.

Zadig & Voltaire (2020)
Advising Zadig & Voltaire in connection with the sale by TA Associates to Peninsula Holding of 30% of the share capital and voting rights.

Davidson Kempner & Triton Partners (2019)
Advising Davidson Kempner and Triton Partners, shareholders of Via Location, in connection with the acquisition of Via Location by Fraikin.

Oaktree Capital Management (2019)
Advising Oaktree Capital Management in connection with the sale of Kley, a French student housing platform, to Axa IM-Real Assets.

Cobepa (2019)
Advising Cobepa, main shareholder of Socotec Group, in connection with the sale by Five Arrows and BIP of circa 33% of the Socotec Group, a group of companies under LBO with an enterprise value of circa 1.8 Bn €, to Clayton Dubilier & Rice.

FCDE (2019)
Advising FCDE, a French investment fund, in connection with the sale of its equity interest in group De Fursac, a leading French company specialized in accessible luxury men suits, to SMCP (Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot).

Pernod Ricard (2019)
Advising Pernod Ricard SA, the world's second-largest distiller, in its acquisition of a majority interest in Rabbit Hole Spirits, LLC, a U.S. premium bourbon brand based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Frans Bonhomme (2019)
Advising Frans Bonhomme, supported by its main shareholder Centerbridge Partners, in connection with its exclusive negotiations with Groupe Saint Gobain, in respect with the acquisition of DMTP, a Saint-Gobain Distribution Bâtiment France's subsidiary.

Ho Hio Hen Investissement Outre Mer (2019)
Advising Ho Hio Hen Investissement Outre Mer, a major player of the large-scale distribution in the Caribbean in connection with:

  • the sale, along with the Groupe Duval, of an hypermarket (real estate asset and business as going concern) to the group Parfait another major playor of large scale distribution and automotive sector in the Caribbean;
  • the negotiation of a conciliation agreement with all of its financial creditors under the aegis of the CIRI and of an asset sale plan for the sale of the last hypermarkets and supermarkets of the unprofitable hypermarket division as well as a minority or majority stake of the share capital of the hard discount division of the group.

LFPI (2019)
Advising LFPI, an independent French investment fund, on the sale of Club Med Gym comprising 21 fitness clubs in Paris and Paris area to Ken Group, holding the luxury fitness club Ken Club, Clay and Blanche in Paris.

Next Stage AM et Mi3 (2019)
Advising NextStage AM and Mi3 in their equity and debt investment in the Bagatelle Group.

Goldman Sachs (2018)*
Advising Goldman Sachs' West Street Capital Partners VII fund on its $200 million investment in Voodoo. Founded in 2013, Voodoo develops, publishes and distributes mobile video games. This is the most important primary LBO achieved in France on an independent company.

Teads (2017)*
Advising funders and historical investors of the video ad tech start-up Teads in its acquisition by Dutch telecom giant Altice. Teads is the leading global online video advertising program with an audience of more than 1.2 billion unique visitors, including 720 million via mobile.

 

*Transactions worked on prior to joining White & Case

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer (Band 1): Restructuring & Insolvency, Chambers Europe 2020

Leading Lawyer (Band 1): Insolvency, The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Recognized lawyer: Mergers & Acquisitions, The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Recognized lawyer: Private Equity, The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Recognized lawyer: Restructuring & Insolvency, Who's Who Legal France 2020

Recognized as "Lawyer of the year", Option Droit & Affaires March 2017