Press Release June 05, 2006

Goodwin Procter Adds Three Private Equity Partners From Hogan & Hartson

BOSTON, June 5, 2006 — Goodwin Procter LLP is pleased to announce that three highly-regarded partners from Hogan & Hartson are joining its Private Equity Practice, broadening its geographic reach with the addition of this key group to its Washington, DC office. The partners joining the firm are J. Hovey Kemp, Christopher J. Hagan and James A. Hutchinson.

"We are delighted that attorneys of this caliber have chosen to join Goodwin Procter's private equity platform," said Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner at Goodwin Procter. "With their depth of experience in leveraged buyout transactions, recapitalizations, growth equity investments and portfolio company representation, they are the perfect complement to our nationally renowned team of private equity attorneys."

Goodwin Procter is recognized as one of the top law firms in the nation for private equity and fund formation by highly-respected industry sources such as Chambers and Partners. A national leader in the sector for more than 40 years, Goodwin Procter was the sixth most active private equity and venture capital law firm based on deals closed in 2005 (Private Equity Analyst); the firm closed 300 private equity and venture capital deals last year.

Goodwin Procter's Private Equity Practice works collaboratively to address clients’ needs, offering specialists in debt, tax, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, ERISA, employment and real estate law, and enabling clients to assess opportunities and structure complex, innovative transactions. The practice works closely with entrepreneurs, investors and growth companies in coordination with the firm’s Technology Companies Practice, which added close to 100 attorneys from Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault and McDermott, Will & Emery in 2005.

The addition of these three leading attorneys to the firm’s Washington, DC office, coupled with the growth of the firm's New York office and the recent opening of offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, presents Goodwin Procter with significant opportunities for continued growth by serving existing and new clients in these important markets.

"Adding these three prominent partners will not only enhance our client service capabilities and broaden our existing client base in the private equity area, but will also continue our expansion strategy in the DC market," said Pisa. "Over the past several years, we have grown our Washington, DC presence significantly, merging with the venerable DC-based Shea & Gardner in 2004."

About Goodwin Procter LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation' leading law firms with 650 attorneys. The firm's core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include private equity, technology companies, financial services, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property and products liability. Goodwin Procter is headquartered in Boston, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Partner Biographical Information:

  • J. Hovey Kemp works on a variety of corporate, securities, and finance matters, focusing primarily on private equity and financing transactions in connection with leveraged buyouts and buildups, mergers and acquisitions, and emerging company and venture capital transactions. He advises private investment funds on the full range of legal work involved in the formation of investment vehicles and the consummation of investments and leveraged acquisitions. A substantial portion of his work is in connection with leveraged buildups in various consolidating industries, where he acts as counsel to portfolio companies engaged in growth through acquisitions. His client representations have included two recent merger and acquisition transactions with an aggregate value of more than $1.75 billion — one involving the combination of government contractors in the defense/homeland security industry, and the second involving the representation of a large European multinational company. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude.
  • Christopher J. Hagan practices in the areas of corporate, securities and venture capital law, primarily on behalf of private equity investment funds and their portfolio companies in connection with leveraged buyouts and buildups. His experience includes a full range of corporate and commercial transactions for public and private companies and private equity investment groups, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and mezzanine financing transactions, private placements and public offerings, commercial and employment contracts, loans, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and general corporate matters. He earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and B.A. from Albion College, graduating magna cum laude.
  • James A. Hutchinson practices in the areas of corporate, securities and private equity transactional law, primarily on behalf of private investment funds and their portfolio companies. His practice involves a full range of corporate and commercial transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and mezzanine financing transactions, private and public equity and debt offerings, senior secured loans, joint ventures and general corporate matters for public and private companies and private equity investment groups. His clients have included a Chicago-based buyout fund in a variety of leveraged buyout transactions in the media and business services industries, a start-up high-end vacation club in a variety of debt and equity financings, acquisitions and national and international expansion, and a Belgium-based manufacturing and mining conglomerate in a series of joint venture and research and development agreements throughout the United States and Europe. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating cum laude, and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.