Private Equity UK

Uncovering value and growth opportunities is at the heart of private equity. Today’s clients are looking for advisers who can help them align their strategic framework with performance goals. At Goodwin, we don’t just offer advice – we help clients enhance the value of their assets. With over 60 best-in-class corporate, fund formation, finance, regulatory, tax and tech private equity specialists in London, we are able to provide a fully integrated private equity offering throughout the investment life-cycle. Simply stated, private equity is in Goodwin’s DNA.

More broadly, Goodwin has assembled a global team that we believe is unique in BigLaw – a team that is equally proficient in advising the innovators and the investors across the private equity, technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors. With our largest and strongest practices working together, Goodwin is exceptionally suited to address whatever the future brings.

We are a dominant mid-market law firm in the U.S. and increasingly in Europe, with more than 300 private equity clients globally. This dominance combined with the volume of deals we do means that we not only know “what’s market,” but we also spot trends ahead of time, and in particular, U.S. trends heading towards Europe. Unlike some of our competitors, we are well-known, highly-regarded and trusted tough negotiators, and at the same time still reasonable, pragmatic, innovative and creative deal-doers. According to The American Lawyer, Goodwin has “one of the most formidable private equity practices in Europe.” We approach each and every opportunity from a strategic business development point of view, no matter the deal size, or type of client, and offer comprehensive expertise to cover the full life-cycle of clients’ investments and financings.

In 2017, we were recognized as one of the top 30 global firms in London by Legal Business’ Global London Survey, and — with a 132% year-over-year headcount increase — as one of the fastest-growing firms in the city’s market. The survey noted that, over the past year, “Goodwin focused on building out its private equity offering, with the arrival of a team including key KWM figures Michael Halford, Ajay Pathak and Ed Hall, as well as a team into its Paris office.”