Search Funds

At Goodwin, we recognize the unique challenge and vast upside potential of search funds. Since the original search fund was formed, entrepreneurs have regularly relied on our experienced team of lawyers dedicated to those active in the search fund space. We have helped over 100 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.

Here’s what truly sets us apart:

  • Goodwin was the original search fund law firm. We have the history and the market knowledge that gives clients the edge when negotiating deals.
  • We have great relationships with the investor base, but do not represent them.
  • We have experience dealing with inexperience. The sellers and their counsel won’t feel like they are being lawyered to death. Our goal is to get our client’s deal closed.
  • Goodwin has experienced top-notch domestic and international M&A lawyers dedicated to the global search fund market.
Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiation style that is essential for success. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical experience, helping clients establish performance objectives, develop and implement effective exit strategies, and negotiate mergers, sales and divestitures when investment goals have been achieved. With over 30 lawyers actively practicing in the search fund space across our offices in the US, Europe and Asia, we bring a potent mix of business knowledge, legal prowess, and boundless determination to every single client interaction.
 
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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 worldwide. 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. 
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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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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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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.
 
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Read More
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Our lawyers have extensive employment litigation experience involving all significant employment law issues, including reasonable accommodation of disabilities; sexual harassment; discrimination claims arising out of reductions in force; individual disparate treatment claims; wrongful discharge/public policy claims; employment contract and employee benefits claims; wage and hour disputes; and enforcement of noncompetition obligations.

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