Bob A. Rivollier

Partner

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  • LLM, Columbia Law School, 2006; James Kent Scholar, Fulbright fellowship; member, Law School Student Senate and Budget Committee
  • Masters (International Business Law), magna cum laude, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), 2005
  • LLB, magna cum laude, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), 2004

Qualifications

  • New York, 2007
  • French
  • German
  • Luxembourgish
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Columbia Law School Association 
  • Chambers Global (2021) 
  • Chambers USA (2020)
  • IFLR – Notable Practitioner (2019) 

Bob A. Rivollier

Partner

Bob Rivollier is a partner in the private equity transactions group in the firm’s New York office. With over a decade of experience advising clients on leveraged buyouts, M&A and financing transactions, Bob is a trusted adviser for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on their most critical transactions and other business initiatives.

Bob has advised clients on numerous large transactions, including multiple complex carve-out transactions, across many industries and verticals, such as health care and pharma (most recently advising Avista Capital Partners on its investment in eMolecules, TPG’s portfolio company BVI® on its acquisition of Benz Research & Development, and Arcadia Consumer Healthcare on its acquisition of NATURELO® and purchase of the U.S. rights to the Kaopectate® brand), industrials (regularly advising American Industrial Partners), technology (most recently advising Partners Group on its majority investment in Idera, Wirecard on the sale of its U.S. business to Syncapay, and Atairos on an investment in ProQuest), business services (most recently advising Partners Group on its acquisition of USIC, and USIC on its acquisition of On Target), and consumer/retail (most recently advising Partners Group on its acquisition of Careismatic Brands, Charlesbank Capital Partners and Partners Group on their acquisition of Hearthside Food Solutions, Hearthside Food Solutions on its acquisition of Greencore USA, and Castanea Partners on its acquisition of Yasso). Within the health care industry, Bob has also developed a particular focus on management services organizations, representing Avista Capital Partners on its acquisition of National Spine and Pain Centers, and Heartland Dental on its acquisition by KKR.

A native of Luxembourg, educated in Belgium, Scotland and the United States, and fluent in English, French, German and Luxembourgish, Bob brings a valuable global perspective to a dealmaking landscape that is increasingly cross-border in nature. He has worked as a transactional lawyer in both New York and London, and he frequently represents non-U.S. private equity sponsors in connection with their inbound investments into the United States.

Ranked Up & Coming in Chambers USA 2020 and Chambers Global 2021, clients have described Bob as “sophisticated in understanding all the deal-related issues and very good at helping navigate through them."

Experience

  • Represented American Industrial Partners on
    • the sale of The Cabinetworks Group to Platinum Equity (pending, April 2021) 
    • the sale of Gerber Technology to Lectra S.A. for an enterprise value of about 300 million euros (pending, February 2021) 
    • the acquisition of the Lewisport automotive body sheet plant from Novelis in a DOJ-mandated process (December 2020)
    • the sale of its shuttle bus businesses by its portfolio company, REV Group (May 2020)
    • the $1bln acquisition of Masco Corporation’s kitchen and bath cabinetry business by its portfolio company, acpi® (February 2020)
    • the sale of a partial ownership stake in Shape Technologies Group to DCP Capital (June 2019)
    • the acquisition of Elkay Wood Products Company by its portfolio company, acpi® (February 2019)
    • the acquisition of Metso Corporation’s grinding media business by its portfolio company, Moly-Cop (December 2018)
    • its acquisition of CQMS Razer™ (August 2018)
    • the acquisition of the steel fabrication business of Commercial Metals Company by its portfolio company, FabSouth (April 2018)
    • the acquisition of Ferrara Fire Apparatus by its portfolio company, REV Group (April 2017)
  • Represented Aquiline Capital Partners on its acquisition of Aspirion Health Resources (May 2018), and Aspirion on its acquisition of HRS ERASE (December 2018) and Specialized Healthcare Partners (July 2019)
  • Represented Atairos on its acquisition of an ownership position in ProQuest (June 2019)
  • Represented Avista Capital Partners on
    • its investment in eMolecules (pending, March 2021)
    • the acquisition of NATURELO® by its portfolio company, Arcadia Consumer Healthcare (October 2020)
    • the purchase of the U.S. rights to the Kaopectate® brand from Sanofi by its portfolio company, Arcadia Consumer Healthcare (March 2020)
    • the acquisition of Xifin, Inc. (February 2020)
    • the acquisition of GCM Holding Corporation (August 2019)
    • the sale of Zest Dental Solutions (March 2018)
    • a Series B investment in Braeburn Pharmaceuticals (January 2018)
    • the acquisition of United BioSource, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Express Scripts Holding Company (December 2017)
    • the acquisition of National Spine and Pain Centers (June 2017), and NSPC on its affiliations with Advanced Medical Group, PA (January 2018), Specialty Spine and Pain, P.C. (March 2019), Millennium Pain Center, LLC (June 2019), and Pain Management Consultants of Southwest Florida, P.L. (February 2020)
    • the acquisition of a majority stake in Vertical Pharmaceuticals and Trigen Laboratories (December 2013)*; the combination of Vertical Pharmaceuticals and Trigen Laboratories with Osmotica Pharmaceuticals (February 2016)*; and the initial public offering of Osmotica Pharmaceuticals (November 2018)
  • Represented Avista Capital Partners and Partners Group on their acquisition of Strategic Partners (August 2012)*
  • Represented Partners Group and Charlesbank Capital Partners on their acquisition of Hearthside Food Solutions (May 2018), and Hearthside Food Solutions on its $1.1bln acquisition of Greencore USA (November 2018)
  • Represented Partners Group on its
    • majority investment in Idera, Inc. (March 2021)
    • acquisition of Careismatic Brands (January 2021)
    • minority investment in Idera, Inc. (June 2019)
    • acquisition of United States Infrastructure Corporation (November 2017), and USIC on its acquisition of On Target Utility Services (June 2018)
    • acquisition of Universal Services of America (July 2013)*; the sale of Universal Services of America (Universal) to an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, and on its minority investment alongside Warburg Pincus into the combined Universal/Guardsmark business (July 2015)*
  • Represented TPG on the acquisition of Benz Research & Development by its portfolio company, BVI® (September 2020)
  • Represented Castanea Partners on its acquisition of Yasso (March 2017)
  • Represented Heartland Dental in the acquisition of a majority interest in Heartland Dental by KKR (April 2018)
  • Represented Wirecard Acquiring & Issuing GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Wirecard AG, on the sale of North Lane Technologies (f/k/a Wirecard North America) to Syncapay, Inc. (December 2020)
  • Represented Flexis Capital and TZP Group on their acquisition of Hylan Datacom & Electrical (July 2016)*
  • Represented Perella Weinberg Partners on its significant Investment in Hyphen Solutions (May 2016)*
  • Represented The Jordan Company on its acquisition of Capstone Logistics (August 2014)*, and Capstone Logistics on its acquisition of Pinnacle Workforce Logistics (June 2015)* and Best Loading Service (April 2016)*
  • Tele2 AB, a Swedish public company, on the sale of Tele2 Luxembourg and Tele2’s fixed and mobile operations in Liechtenstein to Belgium-based Belgacom for approximately $330 million (June 2008)*

Please note that representations with an asterisk (*) were completed prior to joining Ropes & Gray LLP

Publications

  • LLM, Columbia Law School, 2006; James Kent Scholar, Fulbright fellowship; member, Law School Student Senate and Budget Committee
  • Masters (International Business Law), magna cum laude, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), 2005
  • LLB, magna cum laude, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), 2004

Qualifications

  • New York, 2007
  • Chambers Global (2021) 
  • Chambers USA (2020)
  • IFLR – Notable Practitioner (2019) 
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