Press Release November 05, 2015

Goodwin Procter Expands Into Germany with Office Opening in Frankfurt

Firm Grows Flagship Real Estate Capital Markets Platform in a New Geography with Accomplished Team

Goodwin Procter, a leading Am Law 50 and Global 50 law firm, announced today the opening of an office in Frankfurt, Germany. Stephan Kock, Peter Junghänel, Marc Bohne and Lars Jessen will join Goodwin’s new Frankfurt office as partners following completion of their notice periods.

“Goodwin’s consistent and measured growth continues to be driven by excelling at client service, attracting outstanding talent and expanding strategically in our focus practice areas and markets,” said David Hashmall, Chairman of Goodwin Procter. “Our entry into Germany is the latest step in this growth strategy. We are pleased to welcome this truly exceptional group of lawyers to Goodwin’s partnership.” 

Said David Evans, Chair of Goodwin’s London office: “As we deepen and broaden our London real estate capital markets and private equity practices, it is important that we continue to meet our clients’ European needs. Germany is a key market and a focus of our clients’ activity and, in Stephan, Peter, Marc and Lars we have found the perfect team through which to enter this important market.”

Kock, Junghänel, Bohne and Jessen bring deep real estate, finance and corporate experience to Goodwin:

  • Stephan Kock led Ashurst’s German international finance department for eight years. He focuses on real estate finance and leveraged finance, associated debt restructuring in these areas, and loan portfolio transactions. He studied at Universities of Hamburg, Taipei and Munich.
  • Peter Junghänel served as Managing Partner of Ashurst’s German offices from 2009 to 2013. He specializes in acquisitions and sales of real estate properties via share and asset deals, sale and lease-back transactions, commercial leases and all property related transactions and contracts. He studied law at Frankfurt University.
  • Marc Bohne also specializes in acquisitions and sales of real estate properties. He is also experienced in corporate real estate and real estate restructurings and advises both German and international clients. He studied law at Universities of Cologne and Lausanne.
  • Lars Jessen focuses his practice on private equity, real estate and M&A. He advises investors, creditors and corporates on restructurings and special situations, primarily in relation to the disposal and acquisition of non-performing real estate loans. He studied at Universities of Freiburg and Frankfurt.

Goodwin employed a similar expansion model – leading office growth with its preeminent real estate capital markets practice and later adding other high growth practices – in New York City, on the U.S. West Coast and in London. In addition to its offices in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong, the firm now has more than 215 lawyers in New York City, over 140 lawyers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and 40 lawyers in London.

Goodwin’s Real Estate Capital Markets Group represents real estate investment managers, real estate fund sponsors, and public and private REITs in all aspects of raising and deploying capital. With more than 120 lawyers focused solely on the real estate industry across Europe and the United States, the firm works with owners, managers, operators, developers, lenders and investors, helping them acquire, develop, manage, finance and sell real estate assets.

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 Follow us on Twitter @goodwinprocter