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 thousands of entrepreneurs form search funds and close on fundraising rounds, and we have advised on nearly $1 billion 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 50 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.