Financial Industry

The financial industry has endured a sea of change in regulations, technological advancements and market forces. Consolidation, rising costs, revenue constraints, compliance hurdles, cyber threats, regulatory scrutiny and class actions present our clients with frequent challenges. Goodwin’s Financial Industry practice delivers an unprecedented combination of innovation, diverse perspectives and deeply rooted knowledge of the broad, global financial services industry, all in one cohesive platform. This holistic approach enables us to provide our clients with strategic and tactical advice, a range of pragmatic options and bottom-line results.

Across every financial industry segment, our goal is to minimize disruption to your business and negative impact to your bottom line. From transactional law to compliance to enforcement to litigation, more than 100 Financial Industry lawyers working from Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, and Frankfurt, offer a single point of counsel and experience across transactional, advisory, and litigation matters.

Capabilities

Goodwin’s Financial Industry service includes these distinct areas of focus, aligned with the growing need for specialized counsel among our clients.

Concentrations

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Transactional Services

Very little that happens in the financial services world happens in a vacuum. Goodwin understands the short- and long-term implications of decisions made today and how those may affect our clients’ positions tomorrow.  In a world of continual change, convergence and consolidation, experience and perspective are critical.  Goodwin has long been regarded for its sophisticated, versatile team of transactional lawyers who provide broad market perspective and serve as business partners on strategic transactions and advise in structuring and developing new and innovative products and services that will have a high impact on business.

Goodwin’s Financial Industry Transactional team offers unparalleled expertise in handling innovative, complex, cross-border transactions that cut across the deal spectrum including company formation, fund formation, all types of financings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, going private transactions, leveraged buyouts and strategic alliances. 

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Advisory Services

The financial industry is operating in a complex and challenging regulatory environment with the cost of compliance rising, greater implications of big data and technology, heightened cybersecurity measures, and globalization requiring more comprehensive oversight. It is important now more than ever for law firms to possess sophisticated regulatory capabilities and in-depth understanding of the financial markets. Goodwin has its finger on the pulse of regulatory and compliance developments and is uniquely positioned to address the cutting-edge issues that can maximize business opportunities as well as better manage and mitigate risk.

Services that make up our Financial Industry Advisory services include both U.S. and non-U.S. counseling on matters relating to bank and consumer finance regulations, broker-dealer regulation, corporate governance, derivatives, ERISA, executive compensation and employment, False Claims Act, FCPA, finance, government and internal investigations, intellectual property, Investment Advisers Act, Investment Company Act, privacy and cybersecurity, private investment funds regulation, public securities, restructuring, succession planning and liquidity strategies, tax, trade regulation, trusts and estates and enforcement actions.

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Litigation Services

The financial industry faces unique challenges, some of which can lead to crippling regulatory scrutiny and massive litigation. Goodwin understands those challenges, and we use our deeply rooted knowledge and diverse perspectives of the broad financial services industry to defend our clients in litigation, class actions, enforcement actions and government investigations. As part of Goodwin’s broader Financial Industry team, our lawyers are laser-focused on the distinct issues impacting clients in this industry, and we use a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach to help our clients mitigate risk and defend their interests.

Services that make up our Financial Industry Litigation team include:

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Related Practices
Transactional Services

Very little that happens in the financial services world happens in a vacuum. Goodwin understands the short- and long-term implications of decisions made today and how those may affect our clients’ positions tomorrow.  In a world of continual change, convergence and consolidation, experience and perspective are critical.  Goodwin has long been regarded for its sophisticated, versatile team of transactional lawyers who provide broad market perspective and serve as business partners on strategic transactions and advise in structuring and developing new and innovative products and services that will have a high impact on business.

Goodwin’s Financial Industry Transactional team offers unparalleled expertise in handling innovative, complex, cross-border transactions that cut across the deal spectrum including company formation, fund formation, all types of financings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, going private transactions, leveraged buyouts and strategic alliances. 

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Advisory Services

The financial industry is operating in a complex and challenging regulatory environment with the cost of compliance rising, greater implications of big data and technology, heightened cybersecurity measures, and globalization requiring more comprehensive oversight. It is important now more than ever for law firms to possess sophisticated regulatory capabilities and in-depth understanding of the financial markets. Goodwin has its finger on the pulse of regulatory and compliance developments and is uniquely positioned to address the cutting-edge issues that can maximize business opportunities as well as better manage and mitigate risk.

Services that make up our Financial Industry Advisory services include both U.S. and non-U.S. counseling on matters relating to bank and consumer finance regulations, broker-dealer regulation, corporate governance, derivatives, ERISA, executive compensation and employment, False Claims Act, FCPA, finance, government and internal investigations, intellectual property, Investment Advisers Act, Investment Company Act, privacy and cybersecurity, private investment funds regulation, public securities, restructuring, succession planning and liquidity strategies, tax, trade regulation, trusts and estates and enforcement actions.

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Litigation Services

The financial industry faces unique challenges, some of which can lead to crippling regulatory scrutiny and massive litigation. Goodwin understands those challenges, and we use our deeply rooted knowledge and diverse perspectives of the broad financial services industry to defend our clients in litigation, class actions, enforcement actions and government investigations. As part of Goodwin’s broader Financial Industry team, our lawyers are laser-focused on the distinct issues impacting clients in this industry, and we use a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach to help our clients mitigate risk and defend their interests.

Services that make up our Financial Industry Litigation team include:

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Thomas M. Hefferon

Co-Chair, Financial Industry
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William P. Mayer

Co-Chair, Financial Industry
Partner
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