Private Equity

In the face of a competitive marketplace, elite private equity firms expect counsel with extensive experience and a stable of blue chip relationships. That’s why private equity firms have been entrusting their deals to Goodwin for decades. Our Private Equity team ranks as one of the top in the United States, and we are on a trajectory of rapid ascent, both in the U.S. and abroad. The group is a market leader in the expansive middle market sector, having earned a reputation for notable buyouts, growth equity deals and growth company representations in key sectors such as technology, healthcare, financial and business services, consumer and manufacturing. 

Our exceptional market insights and industry relationships help our clients secure deals and build equity value. Our attorneys represent early through late stage investors and companies, lenders and financial institutions, covering the full life cycle of their investments and financings – including growth equity, add-on acquisitions, re-financings, dividend recaps, leveraged buyouts and exits.

Capabilities

Goodwin’s growing Private Equity practice has developed critical masses of accomplished lawyers in key geographic regions around the world to best serve our clients.

 

Concentrations

Related Practices

Buyouts + Acquisitions

The climate for buyouts and acquisitions is constantly changing, demanding a high degree of tax and financial literacy, a commercial negotiating style and market sector expertise. Goodwin consistently answers those challenges, making it one of the premier M&A practices in the United States, with a robust focus on the middle market. Our group consists of more than 100 corporate M&A attorneys and professional staff with significant and substantive expertise and hands-on experience in structuring complex mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, spinoffs and tender offers. 
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Capital Markets

Companies seeking to grow, increase liquidity for their investors or reduce their cost of capital regularly turn to Goodwin. We have one of the most active capital markets and public company practices in the United States, serving as outside counsel to public companies in a range of industries and who are listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical expertise across all equity and debt securities and alternative investment structures. Over the past five years, we have advised clients in nearly 300 public offerings with an aggregate value approaching $30 billion. Our practice and lawyers are consistently recognized by industry publications as one of the most active and innovative advisers for capital markets transactions and public companies.
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Debt Finance

Goodwin’s Debt Finance practice represents borrowers, private equity sponsors and lenders in a broad range of financing transactions. Our Debt Finance lawyers work closely with the firm's Private Equity, Technology Companies, Capital Markets, and Financial Restructuring groups structuring, negotiating and documenting domestic and cross-border debt financing arrangements, including secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities, acquisition-financing transactions, working capital facilities, as well as loan workouts and restructurings.

On the borrower side, Goodwin represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies, leading public and private companies and start-ups in a wide variety of business industries. On the lender side, Goodwin’s clients include domestic and international banks, insurance and finance companies, mezzanine lenders, business development companies and other institutional investors.

 
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FinTech

The financial services industry is experiencing an unprecedented technology revolution. Recent studies predict that worldwide IT spending for financial services will reach $500 billion before decade’s end, and FinTech investment has tripled globally since 2008.
 
The increased complexity of financial products, stringent oversight and regulation, and the need to improve profitability and streamline processes are driving financial institutions and financial services participants to deploy a growing range of finance-related software. As one of the only law firms with market-leading technology and financial institutions practices, Goodwin has been advising clients in the FinTech sector for over a decade and has extensive experience working with both established and emerging businesses in virtually all market segments.
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Growth Equity

Investors, founders and companies in growth equity investments face challenges and opportunities across all sectors and stages of development. Goodwin’s industry-leading Growth Equity Practice provides innovative, insightful guidance across the spectrum of investments. From investing in emerging growth companies to large, highly structured, leveraged transactions in established, profitable enterprises, our growth equity lawyers have a practical and commercial approach to driving successful transactions. Our growth equity practice draws from the best of our market-leading middle market buyout and venture capital practices to structure transactions that result in long term and effective partnerships between investors, entrepreneurs and management teams and frequently involve liquidity for existing owners.  
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Life Sciences

Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.
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Mergers + Acquisitions

Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
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Private Investment Funds

Few firms offer the breadth of practice that we bring to private fund managers and investors. We understand the issues specific to different types of funds and offer advice that comes from a wealth of experience across industries and global markets. Our lawyers work in all the key industries, including, real estate, venture capital, private equity, infrastructure, natural resources and hedge funds, raising funds worldwide that range from less than $50 million to over $12 billion. The depth and breadth of our experience allows us to provide our clients with the most current market terms for their industry as well as access to cutting-edge developments across industries.

We handle every stage in the life cycle, and we provide fund managers with the sophisticated level of counsel required for forming, advising and operating private investment funds. Within fund formation, we take a creative approach, starting with not only the specific objectives of a particular fund but also an assessment of how the fund fits within the client’s broader business goals. We then help fund managers determine the best structure and terms to achieve those goals.

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Search Funds

At Goodwin, we recognize the unique challenges – and vast upside potential – of search funds. Since 2009, entrepreneurs have regularly relied on our experienced team of lawyers dedicated to those active in the search fund space. We have helped 104 entrepreneurs form search funds and close on fundraising rounds, and we have advised on nearly $300 million worth of acquisitions and exits. Our market-leading Search Funds practice brings a practical, team-based approach to search fund M&A.
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Tax

Complex tax issues often arise in structuring strategic, commercial and financial transactions and investment products. To find practical solutions to these challenging issues, clients rely on Goodwin’s tax lawyers to advise on the full range of international, federal and state tax issues. Clients seek us out not only to address their tax issues on a transaction, but also to help them gain a competitive advantage by creating structures designed to solve the tax issues faced by the counterparties.
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Technology

As a growing technology company, your prospects are exciting and your challenges are unique – from securing funding, protecting IP, and navigating the regulatory environment, to differentiating yourself in the marketplace, managing customer acquisition and scaling your business. We get it. We are proud to bring a comprehensive, coordinated approach that interconnects business, new technologies and the law.

At Goodwin, we share your entrepreneurial spirit. We partner with you to grow your business and realize your potential more effectively – with a combination of legal experience and business savvy that can scale with management teams from the earliest stages of development through mature public company. We support clients at all stages of the corporate life cycle with legal advisory related to company formation, IP protection, licensing, commercial agreements and venture financing to IPOs, M&A, corporate governance, board matters and more.

With 180+ lawyers dedicated to the industry, we have one of the largest and most recognized technology practices in the United States. Consistently rated in the top five most active of all law firms for venture capital, IPOs and M&A, we draw on our deep experience and network of clients and investors to provide the most effective and efficient counsel for today’s emerging companies.

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China

Goodwin’s greater China team of multilingual lawyers qualified in the PRC, UK, Hong Kong, and the U.S. offers skilled cross-border legal advice within a broad range of sectors and practice areas.

Our comprehensive China practice is focused on capital markets and securities (U.S. listings, GEM and H-shares or capital raisings), mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic transactions, private equity, venture capital, fund formation, hospitality and real estate, and regulatory compliance.

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India

Goodwin Procter’s India group represents Indian companies, as well as other international clients, in a number of commercial transactions. We have a diverse practice that includes private equity, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. We have been named a leading international firm for India-related work for the eighth consecutive year in a special report by India Business Law Journal, and we are also listed in the “Significant Players” category.
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Related Practices
Buyouts + Acquisitions
The climate for buyouts and acquisitions is constantly changing, demanding a high degree of tax and financial literacy, a commercial negotiating style and market sector expertise. Goodwin consistently answers those challenges, making it one of the premier M&A practices in the United States, with a robust focus on the middle market. Our group consists of more than 100 corporate M&A attorneys and professional staff with significant and substantive expertise and hands-on experience in structuring complex mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, spinoffs and tender offers. 
Read More
Capital Markets
Companies seeking to grow, increase liquidity for their investors or reduce their cost of capital regularly turn to Goodwin. We have one of the most active capital markets and public company practices in the United States, serving as outside counsel to public companies in a range of industries and who are listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical expertise across all equity and debt securities and alternative investment structures. Over the past five years, we have advised clients in nearly 300 public offerings with an aggregate value approaching $30 billion. Our practice and lawyers are consistently recognized by industry publications as one of the most active and innovative advisers for capital markets transactions and public companies.
Read More
Debt Finance

Goodwin’s Debt Finance practice represents borrowers, private equity sponsors and lenders in a broad range of financing transactions. Our Debt Finance lawyers work closely with the firm's Private Equity, Technology Companies, Capital Markets, and Financial Restructuring groups structuring, negotiating and documenting domestic and cross-border debt financing arrangements, including secured and unsecured senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities, acquisition-financing transactions, working capital facilities, as well as loan workouts and restructurings.

On the borrower side, Goodwin represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies, leading public and private companies and start-ups in a wide variety of business industries. On the lender side, Goodwin’s clients include domestic and international banks, insurance and finance companies, mezzanine lenders, business development companies and other institutional investors.

 
Read More
FinTech
The financial services industry is experiencing an unprecedented technology revolution. Recent studies predict that worldwide IT spending for financial services will reach $500 billion before decade’s end, and FinTech investment has tripled globally since 2008.
 
The increased complexity of financial products, stringent oversight and regulation, and the need to improve profitability and streamline processes are driving financial institutions and financial services participants to deploy a growing range of finance-related software. As one of the only law firms with market-leading technology and financial institutions practices, Goodwin has been advising clients in the FinTech sector for over a decade and has extensive experience working with both established and emerging businesses in virtually all market segments.
Read More
Growth Equity
Investors, founders and companies in growth equity investments face challenges and opportunities across all sectors and stages of development. Goodwin’s industry-leading Growth Equity Practice provides innovative, insightful guidance across the spectrum of investments. From investing in emerging growth companies to large, highly structured, leveraged transactions in established, profitable enterprises, our growth equity lawyers have a practical and commercial approach to driving successful transactions. Our growth equity practice draws from the best of our market-leading middle market buyout and venture capital practices to structure transactions that result in long term and effective partnerships between investors, entrepreneurs and management teams and frequently involve liquidity for existing owners.  
Read More
Life Sciences
Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.
Read More
Mergers + Acquisitions
Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
Read More
Private Investment Funds

Few firms offer the breadth of practice that we bring to private fund managers and investors. We understand the issues specific to different types of funds and offer advice that comes from a wealth of experience across industries and global markets. Our lawyers work in all the key industries, including, real estate, venture capital, private equity, infrastructure, natural resources and hedge funds, raising funds worldwide that range from less than $50 million to over $12 billion. The depth and breadth of our experience allows us to provide our clients with the most current market terms for their industry as well as access to cutting-edge developments across industries.

We handle every stage in the life cycle, and we provide fund managers with the sophisticated level of counsel required for forming, advising and operating private investment funds. Within fund formation, we take a creative approach, starting with not only the specific objectives of a particular fund but also an assessment of how the fund fits within the client’s broader business goals. We then help fund managers determine the best structure and terms to achieve those goals.

Read More
Search Funds
At Goodwin, we recognize the unique challenges – and vast upside potential – of search funds. Since 2009, entrepreneurs have regularly relied on our experienced team of lawyers dedicated to those active in the search fund space. We have helped 104 entrepreneurs form search funds and close on fundraising rounds, and we have advised on nearly $300 million worth of acquisitions and exits. Our market-leading Search Funds practice brings a practical, team-based approach to search fund M&A.
Read More
Tax
Complex tax issues often arise in structuring strategic, commercial and financial transactions and investment products. To find practical solutions to these challenging issues, clients rely on Goodwin’s tax lawyers to advise on the full range of international, federal and state tax issues. Clients seek us out not only to address their tax issues on a transaction, but also to help them gain a competitive advantage by creating structures designed to solve the tax issues faced by the counterparties.
Read More
Technology

As a growing technology company, your prospects are exciting and your challenges are unique – from securing funding, protecting IP, and navigating the regulatory environment, to differentiating yourself in the marketplace, managing customer acquisition and scaling your business. We get it. We are proud to bring a comprehensive, coordinated approach that interconnects business, new technologies and the law.

At Goodwin, we share your entrepreneurial spirit. We partner with you to grow your business and realize your potential more effectively – with a combination of legal experience and business savvy that can scale with management teams from the earliest stages of development through mature public company. We support clients at all stages of the corporate life cycle with legal advisory related to company formation, IP protection, licensing, commercial agreements and venture financing to IPOs, M&A, corporate governance, board matters and more.

With 180+ lawyers dedicated to the industry, we have one of the largest and most recognized technology practices in the United States. Consistently rated in the top five most active of all law firms for venture capital, IPOs and M&A, we draw on our deep experience and network of clients and investors to provide the most effective and efficient counsel for today’s emerging companies.

Read More
China

Goodwin’s greater China team of multilingual lawyers qualified in the PRC, UK, Hong Kong, and the U.S. offers skilled cross-border legal advice within a broad range of sectors and practice areas.

Our comprehensive China practice is focused on capital markets and securities (U.S. listings, GEM and H-shares or capital raisings), mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic transactions, private equity, venture capital, fund formation, hospitality and real estate, and regulatory compliance.

Read More
India
Goodwin Procter’s India group represents Indian companies, as well as other international clients, in a number of commercial transactions. We have a diverse practice that includes private equity, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. We have been named a leading international firm for India-related work for the eighth consecutive year in a special report by India Business Law Journal, and we are also listed in the “Significant Players” category.
Read More

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John R. LeClaire

Co-Chair, Private Equity
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Andrew J. Weidhaas

Co-Chair, Private Equity
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Michael J. Kendall

Boston Business Law Leader
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Jennifer K. Bralower

New York Business Law Leader
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Yash A. Rana

Chair, Hong Kong
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