Mark T. Bettencourt

Mark T. Bettencourt

Partner Chair, Business Law Department
Mark T. Bettencourt

Mark Bettencourt, a partner in Goodwin's Technology & Life Sciences Group, concentrates in general corporate and securities law and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities, securities law compliance, and technology transfer and licensing. Mr. Bettencourt serves as Chairman of the firm's Business Law Department and on its Management and Executive Committees.

Recognized for his corporate/M&A and technology law experience by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Lawdragon 500, Mr. Bettencourt represents private and public companies in the software, Internet, digital media, robotics, communications and networking equipment and information services industries. He works with companies from their initial financing through successful initial public offerings or acquisitions. A significant portion of Mr. Bettencourt's practice involves cross-border acquisitions and financings. He regularly counsels non-U.S. technology companies in connection with their U.S. operations.[[Read More Delimiter]]

Mr. Bettencourt also represents venture capital and private equity firms in connection with portfolio investments in operating companies, and investment banks in connection with underwritten public offerings.

Professional Activities

Mr. Bettencourt formerly served as the co-chair of the Business Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2005, Mr. Bettencourt was a partner in the Business Practice Group at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston, where he served as co-chair of the Corporate Finance and Securities Group.


Mr. Bettencourt has been recognized as a leading attorney by a variety of industry publications including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers; The Legal 500 – United States; Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America and Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds. In addition, he has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” and previously as a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics and Boston magazine.

The 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Bettencourt “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014 Boston Technology Law, a distinguished recognition based on a survey of legal peers in his community and practice area.

He is also recognized as a leading lawyer in corporate and technology law in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers where a client comments: “Mark is a great lawyer. He is very smart, efficient, sensible, and fun. He knows the business world.”

Areas of Practice


Among others, Mr. Bettencourt has recently represented:

  • HubSpot, an inbound marketing software platform, in its $125 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Underwriting syndicates led by Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in public offerings
  • iRobot Corporation in its $74 million acquisition of Evolution Robotics, Inc.
  • Endeca Technologies, a leading provider of unstructured data management, web commerce and business intelligence solutions, in its sale to Oracle
  • NameMedia, a leader in the acquisition, development and trading of digital real estate through a network of highly targeted websites and a marketplace for premium domain names, in its sale of Afternic
  • Bedford Funding, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, in its preferred stock investment in Voalte



J.D., 1994
New York University School of Law

(cum laude)

B.A., 1991
University of Notre Dame

(with high honors)



New York
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