Ilan S. Nissan

Ilan S. Nissan

Ilan S. Nissan

Ilan Nissan is a senior partner in Goodwin’s internationally recognized Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions business. He has had extensive experience advising private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, family offices and alternative asset managers and their portfolio companies in a wide array of transactions, adversarial matters and other strategic matters. In addition to his work with clients, Mr. Nissan sits on the firm’s Executive Committee and leads the practice in New York.


Mr. Nissan's practice and experience encompasses the following areas:

Counseling. Senior counseling of private equity, growth equity, venture capital and hedge funds, family offices, boards of directors, CEOs and executive management concerning strategic business/legal issues (including advice on acquisitions, high stakes litigation, and liquidity strategies), execution of business plans, regulatory concerns and other strategic matters. Mr. Nissan's experience covers a broad spectrum of businesses all over the world. Mr. Nissan also has substantial international experience in cross-border acquisitions, investments and joint ventures with a focus on China, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity. Mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, sales and divestitures, securities offerings, growth equity investments, venture capital and strategic investments.

Fund Formation. Formation and restructuring of private equity, venture capital and hedge funds, co-investment vehicles and pledge funds. Counseling on internal carry, compensation and governance arrangements among fund sponsors and investment professionals.

Executive Compensation. Representation of sponsors and management groups in all aspects of compensation arrangements, including executive employment and consulting agreements, stock option plans, restricted stock plans, bonus plans and other management incentive arrangements.

Mr. Nissan’s skills include:

  • Analyzing/simplifying complex situations and focusing clients on the key matters
  • Providing advice uniquely tailored to the client’s particular legal and business sensitivities
  • Providing top shelf transaction execution
  • Building client relationships and anticipating evolving client needs
Professional Activities

Mr. Nissan has been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University Law School for 15 years, where he teaches a course focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and legal transactional strategies. Mr. Nissan is originally from Ramat Gan, Israel and speaks three languages.

Professional Experience

Previously, Mr. Nissan was chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at O’Melveny & Myers. Mr. Nissan also was previously a partner at O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell LLP and began his career with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, each in New York City.


Mr. Nissan is regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in his fields of expertise by Legal 500 U.S.Super Lawyers, International Financial Law Review and Best Lawyers in America.



J.D., 1988
Boston University School of Law

(magna cum laude)

B.S., 1985
State University of New York at Albany
(magna cum laude)



New York
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