Thomas J. LaFond

Thomas J. LaFond

Thomas J. LaFond

Tom LaFond, a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry, Investment Management, and Impact and Responsible Investing practices, advises clients in a variety of industries on a broad range of transactional, securities and regulatory matters. He has particular expertise in the asset management industry, where he represents financial services firms, management teams and private equity investors in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and investment transactions. Mr. LaFond also advises firms and management teams on incentive compensation and ownership arrangements.

Mr. LaFond counsels financial services firms on fiduciary, regulatory and transactional matters relating to their asset management activities, including structuring portfolio investments, formation and operation of public and private investment funds, and capital markets transactions.

Professional Activities

Mr. LaFond is a member of the American Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. He has been a panel speaker on matters relating to M&A, asset management and securities lending.

Areas of Practice


Mr. LaFond’s transactional experience includes representing:

  • TA Associates and Reverence Capital Partners in their acquisition of the investment management business of Russell Investments
  • Estancia Capital Partners in investment and acquisition transactions
  • Knights of Columbus in minority investments in asset managers
  • TA Associates Realty in its sale to Mitsubishi Estate Company
  • SouthernSun Asset Management in its sale to Affiliated Managers Group
  • TA Associates in its investment in, and subsequent sale of, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc.
  • TA Associates in its sale of K2 Advisors to Franklin Resources
  • McMorgan & Company in its management buyout from New York Life and follow-on acquisitions
  • USAA in its acquisition of Square Mile Capital Management

Mr. LaFond represents several prominent investment advisers in investment, co-investment and joint venture transactions. He advises securities lending agents on a variety of regulatory and fiduciary matters. He represents clients before the staffs of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board, and other regulators.



J.D., 1994
Stanford Law School
B.A., 1991
Harvard University

(magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


1994 to 1995 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Honorable John D. Butzner, Jr.



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