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 and Co-head of the Firm's Global Technology Industry Group. 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.

* Transactions worked on prior to joining White & Case

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

Experience

Recent experience includes:

FCDE (2019)
Advised FCDE (French Republic sovereign fund) on 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).

Restructuring of Conforama (2019)
Advised Steinhoff group's main creditors on the financial restructuring of its subsidiary Conforama, leading European player in furniture retail in-store and online, through a €316 million two-tranche bond issue.

Goldman Sachs (2018)*
Advised 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.

DNCA (2018)*
Advised DNCA, one of the largest shareholders and bondholders of French-listed company CGG, on the $2.7 billion restructuring of CGG.

Teads (2017)*
Advised 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.

Blue Mountain (2017)*
Advised Blue Mountain, the second largest lender of Vivarte, on the second restructuring of Vivarte.

Consolis Group (2017)*
Advised the senior lenders and led on the forced sale process of the Consolis Group, held by LBO France, to Bain Capital.

* Transactions worked on prior to joining White & Case

Awards and Recognition

Recognized in Who's Who Legal France 2018, category Restructuring & Insolvency

Recognized in Chambers Europe 2018, category Restructuring & Insolvency (Band 1)

Recognized in Legal 500 EMEA 2018, categories Insolvency and Mergers & Acquisitions

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