Press Release May 01, 2012

Goodwin Expands Private Equity Practice With Addition of Ilan S. Nissan and Christian C. Nugent in New York

NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 – Goodwin Procter, a national Am Law 50 firm, today announced that Ilan S. Nissan and Christian C. Nugent have joined the firm’s Private Equity Practice as partners in its New York office.  They will focus on advising private equity funds, hedge funds, alternative asset managers and their portfolio companies on a wide variety of transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, growth equity financings, strategic investments, restructurings and dispositions.

Nissan and Nugent have represented clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, including the manufacturing; entertainment; Internet; technology and software; consulting; and product distribution industries.

“We are delighted to welcome Ilan and Chris to the firm and group,” said Regina M. Pisa, Chairman of Goodwin Procter.  “Ongoing expansion of our Private Equity Practice in New York and other key markets is one of the priorities of our strategic growth plan, and will further enhance our ability to serve clients in this important sector.”

“Ilan and Chris have built a strong transactional practice that has flourished and grown through both up and down cycles in the private equity markets,” said John LeClaire, partner and chair of Goodwin’s Private Equity Practice. “They are team players and builders with great character and entrepreneurial drive.”

Nissan, a former Global Chair of O’Melveny & Myers’ Mergers and Acquisitions Group, received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer for M&A transactions by Legal 500 US, a leading lawyer for private equity by International Financial Law Review and a leading lawyer for leveraged buyouts and private equity law by Best Lawyers.

Nugent received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from The Fordham University School of Law where he was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal.  He was recently recognized by The M&A Advisor as a finalist for its “40 Under 40” award.

Nissan and Nugent join Goodwin from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s New York office.

Goodwin’s New York office was established in 1997 and today includes more than 150 attorneys with national practices involving high-stakes litigation matters, including those related to intellectual property, white collar defense, products liability and mass torts, securities and labor and employment, and corporate transactions, principally in the areas of private equity, real estate capital markets, technology/emerging growth companies, financial services and private fund formation and services.

Goodwin Procter’s nationally recognized Private Equity Practice focuses on buyouts, recapitalizations and portfolio company transactions for leading investors in the U.S. and abroad.  The practice covers the full life cycle of clients’ investments — from fund formation to exit.  It is particularly known for structuring innovative, tax-advantaged solutions and for its practical, client-oriented approach.  Goodwin’s Private Equity Practice and its attorneys have been recognized as market leaders in this sector by authorities including Dow Jones’ Private Equity Analyst, Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.