Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division’s Acquisition of Aptos

Fried Frank and Gitti and Partners have acted as counsel to Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in the transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised funds advised by Apax Partners on the deal. Simpson Thacher represented funds affiliated with Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division.

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aptos, Inc. from funds advised by Apax Partners.

Aptos, Inc., a recognized market leader in retail technology solutions, delivers innovative, cloud-native and comprehensive omni-channel solutions to more than 1,000 retail brands in 65 countries. Apax Partners is a British private equity firm.

Founded in 1869, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (MBD) is the primary center for the firm’s long-term principal investing activity.

The Fried Frank team was led by corporate partner Andrea Gede-Lange and included corporate partners Michael T. Gershberg and Robert C. Schwenkel (Picture); antitrust and competition partners Nathaniel L. Asker and Tobias Caspary; executive compensation & ERISA partner Jason R. Ertel; intellectual property and technology partner Amir R. Ghavi; litigation partner Joshua D. Roth; tax partner David I. Shapiro; corporate real estate special counsel Melissa A. Meyrowitz; litigation special counsel Michael J. Anstett; corporate associates Angela Becker, Robert Engelke, Lola Johnson, and Jessica Pisani; antitrust and competition associates Shruti Hiremath and Matthew E. Joseph; executive compensation & ERISA associate Kevin R. Miller; litigation associate Avani Uppalapati; and tax associate Josh Goldstein.

Gitti and Partners advised Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking as Italian Legal advisor with a Corporate team led by partners Vincenzo Giannantonio and Giacomo Pansolli, assisted by associate Nicola Malta, Marco Bertucci, Gloria Manunza, Giulia Fossati Zunino and Valeria Ramponi. Counsel Elisa Mapelli acted on employment law, senior associate Filippo Rota on banking matters, associate Tommaso Iadanza and Sara Schiuma on real estate law, senior associate Flavio Monfrini on IP matters, counsel Emanuele Li Puma on regulatory matters; senior associate Francesca Andrea Cantone and associates Luigi Regazzoni and Celeste Panzeri on litigation matters, as well as trainee Filippo Maria Sanna.

The Kirkland team was led by transactional partners Will Boothby and Leo Greenberg and associate Lukas Richards.

The Simpson Thacher team included Jennifer Hobbs, Adam Moss and Remy Denner (Banking and Credit).

Involved fees earner: Angela Becker – Clifford Chance; Michael Anstett – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Nathaniel Asker – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Tobias Caspary – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Robert Engelke – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Jason Ertel – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Andrea Gede-Lange – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Michael Gershberg – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Amir Ghavi – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Josh Goldstein – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Shruti Hiremath – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Lola Johnson – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Matthew Joseph – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Melissa Meyrowitz – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Kevin Miller – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Jessica Pisani – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Joshua Roth – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Robert Schwenkel – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; David Shapiro – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Avani Uppalapati – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Marco Bertucci – Gitti and Partners; Francesca Andrea Cantone – Gitti and Partners; Giulia Fossati Zunino – Gitti and Partners; Vincenzo Giannantonio – Gitti and Partners; Tommaso Iadanza – Gitti and Partners; Emanuele Li Puma – Gitti and Partners; Nicola Malta – Gitti and Partners; Gloria Manunza – Gitti and Partners; Elisa Mapelli – Gitti and Partners; Flavio Monfrini – Gitti and Partners; Giacomo Pansolli – Gitti and Partners; Celeste Panzeri – Gitti and Partners; Valeria Ramponi – Gitti and Partners; Luigi Regazzoni – Gitti and Partners; Filippo Rota – Gitti and Partners; Filippo Maria Sanna – Gitti and Partners; Sara Schiuma – Gitti and Partners; Willard Boothby – Kirkland & Ellis; Leo Greenberg – Kirkland & Ellis; Lukas Richards – Kirkland & Ellis; Remy Denner – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Jennifer Hobbs – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Adam Moss – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett;

Law Firms: Clifford Chance; Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Gitti and Partners; Kirkland & Ellis; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett;

Clients: Apax Partners; Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti