Press Release April 27, 2015

Goodwin Procter Bolsters London Real Estate Practice with Appointment of Catriona Berman as Partner

Goodwin Procter, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, announced today the addition of Catriona Berman as partner in the firm’s market-leading Real Estate Capital Markets practice in London.

Berman, who will join Goodwin from Macfarlanes LLP, advises on a wide range of real estate transactions, including high-profile acquisitions, management of estates, asset management agreements, structuring of acquisitions, and property holding. She will join following completion of her notice period.

“We are delighted that Catriona has chosen to join our robust and growing real estate team in London,” said David Evans, London Office Chair. “Her experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, in combination with our existing team headed by Joe Conder, will see us continuing to deliver on our commitment to provide a market-leading European real estate bench of scale and depth.”

“As our deal activity across the European real estate markets continues to grow, Catriona’s arrival adds to the strength of our high-end, cross-border real estate team that serves clients on increasingly sophisticated transactions,” said Gil Menna, Chair of Goodwin’s Real Estate Capital Markets practice. “We are excited that Catriona has chosen to join us, and we look forward to her contribution to the stellar growth of our London office.”

Goodwin has built one of the leading teams in the European premium real estate, hospitality and leisure, and fund formation sectors. The firm’s London office advises clients on fund structuring across all sectors and on all aspects of real estate, including segregated accounts and investment management mandates, joint ventures, club deals, multi-investor funds, real estate investment, and real estate mergers and acquisitions.

Recent real estate transactions led out of the firm’s London office include advising Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management on the £327 million sale of Tower Place in London to Ping An Life Insurance, and advising Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc on the £204.3 million acquisition of 111 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1 – the London HQ of Telegraph Media Group – from Kish Holdings Limited.

Goodwin’s Real Estate Capital Markets Practice represents numerous real estate investment managers, real estate fund sponsors, public and private REITs and municipalities in all aspects of raising and deploying capital. With more than 100 attorneys focused solely on the real estate industry, Goodwin works with owners, managers, operators, developers, lenders and investors – helping them acquire, develop, manage and sell real estate assets. The firm was instrumental in helping draft the Real Estate Investment Trust Act of 1960, establishing the UPREIT structure in 1992 and creating the LTIP structure in 2001.

Goodwin Procter LLP is a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, with offices across the United States and in Europe and Asia. Excelling at complex transactional work and high-stakes litigation, the firm combines in-depth legal knowledge with practical business experience to help clients maximize opportunities and manage risk. With more than 850 lawyers, Goodwin offers innovative counsel and delivers results through a client-centric and collaborative approach. The firm focuses on matters involving financial institutions, intellectual property, private equity, real estate capital markets, securities litigation/white collar defense, and technology/life sciences. Information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com. Follow us on Twitter @goodwinprocter.